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Melanie Baeuchle

I am a PhD student in the IMPRS at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, affiliated with the University of Leipzig.

My scientific background is in biology and especially physiology, which provided the basis of my major research interest: the evolution of plio-plistocene hominins, with an emphasis on life history.

In my dissertation, I will address the dental and mandibular development and covariation in extant and fossil hominins. Teeth and the mandible act together as a functional unit during mastication and should therefore be considered together in functional and morphological jaw analyses. Furthermore, I want to focus on the side by side development of the dentition (deciduous and permanent) and the mandibular bone.

Besides my studies, I am involved in fieldwork in Malawi and the organization of international field schools in Malawi, associated with the Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies, Frankfurt.


Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig