About the Centre and what we do
Research which takes a collaborative, fieldwork-based approach to evolutionary anthropology.
The Centre was founded in 2004 and is one of two formally recognised research centres in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology. Focusing on biological anthropology in a science rather than a social science milieu engenders a strong interdisciplinary and hypothesis-testing approach to our research, which has an emphasis on fieldwork.
What have we achieved?
Researchers from our centre have:
- uncovered the earliest evidence of hunting
- used drones to monitor Orangutan habitat use
- discovered how agriculture spread during the Neolithic
- repatriated war dead to their home countries
Some of our research projects include:
- Homa Peninsula Palaeoanthropology Project – exploring Oldowan hominin behaviour and palaeoecology in Kenya
- Human palaeogenetics – studying the genetic variability of prehistoric populations as a way to ascertain the genetic impact associated to migrations, to reconstruct the main expansion routes followed and to investigate the patterns of social organisation of these populations
- Facial reconstruction
- Development of population-specific standards for sex determination and age estimation
For further information about our research projects, see the area of expertise you are interested in.
Some of our current collaborations include:
- Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
- Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program
- Università degli Studi del Molise
- China Jiliang University
- University of Cambridge
- Natural History Museum
- University of Athens
- Eberharl Karls University of Tübingen
For further information about who we work with, see the area of expertise you are interested in.