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Former Department of Human Evolution

Director: Prof. Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin


The former Department of Human Evolution (directed by Jean-Jacques Hublin from 2004 to 2021) investigated human evolution from an integrative point of view, taking into account the various facets of palaeoanthropology. For this purpose, it assembled a large group of scientists coming from varied backgrounds ranging from biology to geochemistry and from archaeology to computer sciences. As evidenced by the wealth of scientific publications, and the successful career trajectories of its alumni this collaborative effort has pushed methodological boundaries, set new standards, and transformed the fields of Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archeology.



More plants on the menu of ancient hunter-gatherers

Former DepartmentsHuman Evolution

Isotopic evidence reveals surprising dietary practices of pre-agricultural human groups in Morocco


Homo sapiens already reached northwest Europe more than 45,000 years ago

Former DepartmentsHuman Evolution

The arrival of Homo sapiens in cold northern latitudes took place several thousand years before Neanderthals…


Balzan Prizes 2023 for Max Planck researchers

Former DepartmentsHuman Evolution

Jean-Jacques Hublin and Heino Falcke are among the four winners of the prestigious prize