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Jean-Jacques HublinJean-Jacques Hublin, Ph.D., is currently a Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany), where he serves as the Director of the Department of Human Evolution. He has also been an honorary Professor at the University of Leipzig since 2004 and a part-time Professor at Leiden University (Netherlands) since 2010.

Professor Hublin received his Doctorate in Vertebrate Paleontology and Human Paleontology, at the University of Paris (1978) and his State Doctorate (Habilitation) in Anthropology from the University of Bordeaux (1991). Significant past research and teaching appointments include: Researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (1981-2000), Professor at the University of Bordeaux (1999-2004), Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley (1992), Harvard University (1997) and Stanford University (1999 and 2011), member of the French National Committee of Scientific Research (1991-2000) and Deputy Director for Anthropology, Prehistory and Paleo-environmental Sciences, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (2000-2003).

Initially, his research focused on the origin and evolution of Neanderthals and he has proposed the “accretion model” for the emergence of the Neandertal lineage that roots it in time in the mid- Pleistocene. He has also studied the processes associated with the emergence of Homo sapiens and on the interactions between Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans in Europe. He developed the use of medical and virtual imaging in the reconstruction and study of fossil hominids and paid attention to growth and development issues, in particular in relation with brain and cognitive abilities. He has led field operations in North Africa, Spain and France.

In the span of his career, Professor Hublin has been invited to give over 140 lectures and seminars, and has participated in over 15 archaeological excavations. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 journal articles and book chapters and has published 12 books or edited volumes. In addition to his scientific papers, he has regularly published popular science books and magazine articles on the subjects of Neandertal and early modern human evolution, and has contributed chapters to numerous encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks. In 2011, Professor Hublin was honoured to be appointed as the first President of the newly founded European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE).


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