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Julia van Beesel


Abteilung für Menschliche Ursprünge
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

E-Mail: julia_van_beesel@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Current job title

Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven, DFG Walter Benjamin Fellow

Research interests

My research interests focus on the form-function relationship and its impact on evolution. My focus lies on enhancing our understanding shoulder evolution in hominoids and specifically in hominins. I aim to develop a toolkit that facilitates functional interpretations based on hominin fossil remains.

Collaborative projects

I am currently working on a collaborative project together with TU Delft and the MPI EVA (Philipp Gunz) to create a workflow that streamlines and facilitates the development of new specimen-specific musculoskeletal models. We aim to use the finalized workflow to create musculoskeletal models based on hominin fossil remains.

Career and Education

03/2023-03/2025Postdoctoral researcher and Walter Benjamin Fellow at KU Lven
07/2022-03/2023Postdoctoral researcher at TU Delft
07/2022Ph.D. degree at University Leipzig
09/2017-07/2022Doctoral researcher at MPI EVA
08/2016M.Sc. Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
09/2013B.Sc. Friedrich-Schiller University Jena


Niederschuh, S. J., van Beesel, J., & Schmidt, M. (2022). The role of sensory feedback from carpal sinus hairs in locomotor kinematics of rats (Rattus norvegicus, Rodentia) during walking on narrow substrates. Zoology, 155: 126055.
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van Beesel, J., Hutchinson, J. R., Hublin, J.-J., & Melillo, S. M. (2022). Comparison of the arm‐lowering performance between Gorilla and Homo through musculoskeletal modeling. American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 178(3), 399-416.
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Demuth, O. E., Wiseman, A. L. A., van Beesel, J., Mallison, H., & Hutchinson, J. R. (2022). Three-dimensional polygonal muscle modelling and line of action estimation in living and extinct taxa. Scientific Reports, 12: 3358.
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van Beesel, J. (2022). Biomechanical consequences of variation in shoulder morphology in the Hominoidea. PhD Thesis, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig.
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van Beesel, J., Hutchinson, J. R., Hublin, J.-J., & Melillo, S. M. (2021). Exploring the functional morphology of the Gorilla shoulder through musculoskeletal modelling. Journal of Anatomy, 239(1), 207-227.
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