Short CV/Education and training

    Professor of Paleoanthropology, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment

    Co-Director, Institute for Archaeological Sciences

    Director, DFG Center for Advanced Studies ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking cultural and biological trajectories of the human past’

    Professor II, Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour, University of Bergen, Norway


  • 1998
    MA, Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY

  • 1994
    BA, Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude), Columbia University, New York

Selected publications

  • Harvati K., Röding C., Bosman A., Karakostis F.A., Grün R., Stringer C., Karkanas P., Thompson N.C., Koutoulidis V., Moulopoulos L.A., Gorgoulis V.G., Kouloukoussa M. 2019. Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature 571, 500-504

  • Beier J., Anthes N., Wahl J., Harvati K. 2018. Similar cranial trauma prevalence among Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic humans. Nature 563, 686-690

  • Karakostis F.A., Hotz G., Tourloukis V., Harvati K. 2018. Evidence for precision grasping in Neandertal daily activities. Science Advances 4, eaat2369

  • Harvati K., Konidaris G., Tourloukis V. (Eds.) 2018. Special Issue Human Evolution at the Gates of Europe. Quaternary International Special Issue Volume 497 Part A, pp. 1-240

  • Hublin J.J., Ben-Ncer A., Bailey S., Freideline S., Neubauer S., Skinner M.M., Bergmann I., Le Cabec A., Benazzi S., Harvati K., Gunz P. 2017. New fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) and the Pan-African origin of Homo sapiens. Nature 546, 289-292

  • Harvati K, Roksandic, M. (Eds.) 2016. Paleoanthropology of the Balkans and Anatolia: Human Evolution and its Context. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer: Dordrecht

  • Reyes-Centeno H., Ghirotto S., Détroit F., Grimaud-Hervé D., Barbujani G., Harvati K. 2014. Genomic and Cranial Phenotype Data Support Multiple Modern Human Dispersals from Africa and a Southern Route into Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111, 7248-7253

  • Benazzi S., Douka K., Fornai C., Bauer C. C., Kullmer O., Svoboda J., Pap I., Mallegni F., Bayle P., Coquerelle M., Condemi S., Ronchitelli A., Harvati K., Weber G. W. 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behavior. Nature 479, 525-528

  • Harvati K, Harrison, T. (Eds.) 2006. Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer: Dordrecht

  • Harvati K., Frost S.R. and McNulty K.P. 2004. Neanderthal taxonomy reconsidered: Implications of 3D primate models of intra- and inter-specific differences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 101, 1147-1152

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • European Research Council (ERC), Consolidator Grant 724703 (PI), ‘Human Evolution at the Crossroads’ (CROSSROADS), 2017 – 2022

  • DFG Centre for Advanced Studies FOR 2237/2 (PI, with G. Jäger), Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past’, 2015 – 2023

  • European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grant 283503 (PI), ‘Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe: Human Evolution in the Southern Balkans’ (PaGE), 2012 – 2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President and founding member, European Association for the Study of Human Evolution

  • Life member, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

  • Member, Paleoanthropology Society

Media coverage

  • Harvati et al. 2019 Nature listed among top discoveries of the year 2019 / decade by The Guardian, Discover Magazine, LiveScience, Gizmodo

  • Grine et al. 2007 Science listed among TIME magazine top ten scientific discoveries of 2007


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