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Adeline Le Cabec

photo from Adeline at excavationI am a Ph.D. student in physical anthropology affiliated with the Department of Human Evolution at the MPI-EVA and with the Department of Paleoanthropology and Anatomical Imaging (Laboratory of Anthropobiology) at the University of Toulouse, France. My research is focused on the biomechanics of the anterior dentition in Neanderthals, which are known to be larger in size and more highly worn than modern humans. Specifically, I will address whether this morphology is related to high magnitude loads resulting from masticatory and paramasticatory activities, or to more frequent occlusal contacts and higher degree of dental attrition.

Using virtual paleoanthropology techniques, I will investigate the relationship, if any, between root, tooth and mid-face morphology (3D reconstructions), to evaluate the biomechanical environment in the anterior dentition during the chewing cycle (loads exerted will be modeled and quantified using the Finite Element Method). Other extant and extinct hominids will be analysed in a comparative context.

 

Adeline Le Cabec
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Dept of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany

email: adeline_lecabeceva.mpg.de