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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


Zewdi Tsegai

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 749
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: zewdi_tsegai@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

I am a palaeoanthropologist, primarily interested in understanding the evolution of bipedalism and reconstructing locomotion among early hominins. My main research focus is on analysis of plastic features of the skeleton that adapt during life in response to behaviour.

I have investigated internal bone structure of the hand and ankle; compared patterns of trabecular bone across the skeleton of humans and chimpanzees; and explored changes in trabecular structure during growth in chimpanzees, gorillas and humans. I am particularly interested in understanding the various factors, other than behaviour, that impact the internal structure of the skeleton. My ongoing research is largely focused on reconstructing locomotion among fossil hominins from the internal structure of the foot, as well as exploring variability of foot bony morphology among recent human groups.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2018Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Leipzig University
Thesis title: Systemic and functional patterns of human and chimpanzee internal bone structure: a regional, systemic and ontogenetic approach
2012M.Sc. Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College London
Dissertation title: Does internal bone structure of the hominoid hand reflect locomotor behaviour?
2009B.A. Natural Sciences and Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  

Research Interests

  • Origin of bipedalism
  • Functional morphology of the postcranial skeleton
  • Virtual anthropology
  • Internal cortical and trabecular bone structure
  • Biomechanics of locomotion

Professional Employment

2018-presentPostdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2012-2013Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Grants and Awards

2020Synthesys+ Transnational Access, for research visit to Natural History Museum, London
2013-2017Doctoral Stipend, Department of Human Evolution,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
2013Student Oral Presentation, 1st Prize, European Federation for Primatology,
Antwerp, Belgium
2012Masters Fieldwork Bursary, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Professional Contributions

Reviewer:

  • ELife 
  • American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • The Anatomical Record
  • Journal of Anatomy
  • Comptes Rendus Palevol

Professional Membership:

  • European Society for the study of Human Evolution
  • Paleoanthropology Society
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Publications

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