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Marine Cazenave

Group leader

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

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 364
e-mail: marine_cazenave@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum vitae
Projects & Partners

Research Interests

Marine Cazenave is a paleoanthropologist working on the functional and adaptive evolution of the postcranial skeleton of fossil hominins (our ancestors). She is particularly interested in reconstructing locomotor behavioural diversity through time. Her research focuses on the biological interpretations of the external and internal bone structure (i.e., cortical and trabecular bones) of the postcranial skeleton in living and fossil primates to understand the dynamic interactions of the individual and its environment.

Curriculum vitae

Career & Education

2022-2024Post-doctoral researcher fellow (Richard Gilder Graduate School)
American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
2020-2022Post-doctoral researcher fellow (Fyssen Foundation)
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
2019Research Assistant
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
2015-2018Ph.D. degree in Anthropobiology
University of Toulouse, France/University of Pretoria, South Africa
2013-2015 MA Ecology/Anthropology and Genetics of Human Populations
University of Toulouse, France
2010-2013B. Sc. Earth Sciences and Paleontology
University of Poitiers, France

Research awards & funding

2022-2024Post-doctoral allocation of the Richard Gilder Graduate School for a two-year post-doctoral fellow in Department of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
2022Journal of Human Evolution Early Career Researcher Paper prize (500 dollars) for the manuscript  “Calcar femorale variation in extant and fossil hominids: Implications for identifying bipedal locomotion in fossil hominins”.
2020-2022Post-doctoral allocation of the Fyssen Foundation (60,000 euros) for a two-year post-doctoral fellow in the Animal Postcranial Evolution (APE) Lab. of the Skeletal Biology Research Centre at the School of Anthropology and Conservation of the Univ. of Kent.


English, French

Projects & Partners

Marine Cazenave’s research investigates the functional morphology of the postcranial skeleton, specifically studying the hip and knee joints, to reconstruct the evolution of ape and hominin behaviours. In addition to fieldwork expeditions to unearth fossil remains, she uses virtual imaging methods to understand the relationship between bone form and function in extant and fossil primates. It includes the comparative study of the internal bone structure via micro CT scanning, virtual modelling, and the study of living ape behaviour and life history. To successfully complete this research, Marine actively collaborates with different partners in a dozen institutions worldwide (e.g., universities and museums).