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Meir BarakDr. Bence Viola

I am a palaeoanthropologist working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Evolution and the Department of Evolutionary Genetics. My work concentrates on the palaeoanthropological evidence for the replacement of neandertals by modern humans in two less studied regions, Central Asia and Central Europe. I am involved in excavations in both regions, participating in the work at Obi-Rakhmat (Uzbekistan) since 2003, and leading new excavations at Willendorf II (Lower Austria), together with Philip R. Nigst, since 2006.

An additional focus of my research is fieldwork at the 4-million-year-old site of Galili in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. I have been working there since 2001, and, together with Horst Seidler (University of Vienna, Austria), have been a PI of the project since 2009. At the moment, we work on the description of hominid and faunal remains recovered in the last ten years that allow us to study the origin of the genus Australopithecus.


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


0049 (0) 341 3550 358

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