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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


Simon Neubauer

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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

office: U2.30
phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 852
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: simon.neubauer@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

I am a physical anthropologist interested in hominin/hominid craniofacial variation and focusing on hominin brain evolution and the evolution of brain growth patterns. During ontogeny, the brain grows and develops according to a species-specific pattern. This pattern contributes to adult morphology and therefore can be used to inform evolutionary analyses. However, brains are not preserved in the fossil record. The only direct evidence of brain anatomy are so-called endocasts, casts of the internal table of cranial bones that approximate brain size and its outer morphology.

Therefore, my research concentrates on the investigation of endocasts and the endocranial cavity of humans, fossil hominins and our living relatives. Methodologically, I mostly use digital individuals based on biomedical imaging techniques and geometric morphometrics to quantify and analyze endocranial form (size and shape). To capture endocranial shape, I generate virtual endocasts and use homologous anatomical landmarks as well as semilandmarks on curves and surfaces.

Previous and current research topics include:

  • hominin brain size evolution
  • changes of endocranial shape during different periods of hominin evolution
  • the evolution of brain growth patterns
  • the ontogenetic patterns contributing to adult variation of endocranial shape
  • the relationship between developmental and evolutionary changes
  • the variation of endocranial asymmetry.

My work comprises extensive virtual reconstruction of fragmentary and distorted hominin fossils as well as the study of variation in our extant relatives building the framework to analyze the reconstructed fossils. I have worked on these research questions in recent humans and apes, Australopithecus afarensis, Australopithecus africanus, early Homo, Homo erectus, Neanderthals, and fossil modern humans.

I studied anthropology at the University of Vienna and received a Master’s Degree (Mag. rer. nat.) in 2005. After conducting my PhD project at the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, I graduated at the University of Leipzig in 2010 and since then hold a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.).


Curriculum Vitae

Current positions

since 2010Postdoctoral researcher
at the Department of Human Evolution
of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany
since 2011Visiting lecturer
at the Department of Anthropology
of the University of Vienna, Austria

Past fellowships & Positions

2009-2010 Doctoral fellowship
at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany
2006-2009Marie Curie doctoral fellowship
(EU FP6 Marie Curie Research Training Network MRTN-CT-2005-019564 “EVAN”)
at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany
2006-2007 Visiting lecturer
at the Department of Anthropology
of the University of Vienna, Austria
2004-2006Undergraduate research fellowship
(Austrian Ministry of Culture, Science & Education, and the Austrian Council for Science and Technology GZ 200.093/3-VI/I/04)
at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Vienna, Austria
2003-2004Undergraduate research fellowship
(Austrian Science Foundation FWF P14738) at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Vienna, Austria

Education

11/2010PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)
at the IMPRS "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"
(University of Leipzig and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Thesis: "Human brain development and evolution: A comparative study of ontogenetic endocranial shape changes using geometric morphometrics"
supervised by Prof. Dr. J.-J. Hublin and Dr. P. Gunz
09/2006-11/2010PhD student
at the IMPRS "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"
(University of Leipzig and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
11/2005Master’s Degree (Mag. rer. nat.) in Anthropology
at the Department of Anthropology,
University of Vienna, Austria
Thesis: "The endocranium of MLD 37/38 - New insights using Virtual Anthropology"
supervised by Prof. Dr. G.W. Weber
10/1999-11/2005Undergraduate student
at the Department of Anthropology,
University of Vienna
1999Matura
in Linz, Austria

Publications

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