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Maria Giovanna Belcastro

Professoressa associata confermata

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Settore scientifico disciplinare: BIO/08 ANTROPOLOGIA

Temi di ricerca

Parole chiave: Bioarcheologia Osteologia forense indicatori scheletrici comportamenti funerari malattie infettive Neandertaliani Etica nello studio dei resti umani

The research activities are carried out in the field of Evolutionary Anthropology, which studies the biological variability of past and modern humans from an evolutionary perspective. The central questions are origin, evolution, phylogeny,and variability of humans with their distinctive attributes (bipedalism, cognitive abilities and language, culture and technology). Skeletal remains are valuable traces of the human evolution and their study contributes to reconstruct biology and behaviour of past humans and the interaction between them and the environment (physical and socio-cultural) over time.

Topic of the research: human skeletal variability troughout a morphometrical approach (classic and geometric). Application in forensics. Ethics and study of human remains.

Specific lines:

  • Skeletal variability in modern humans and Neandeartals

  • Funerary behaviour from prehistory to modern periods

  • Paleopathology

  • Methods for the reconstruction of human biological profil

  • Ethics, study and managment of human remains

Researches are conducted on the documented (for sex, age, disease) modern (19°-20° s.) osteological collections of the Museum of Anthropology and ancient collections (Neandertals, Holocenic samples).


Life Sciences

LS8_3 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics

Social Sciences and Humanities

SH6_4 Prehistory, palaeoanthropology, palaeodemography, protohistory


Dr. ANNALISA PIETROBELLI, PhD (XXXV cycle in Sciences of Hearth, Life and Environment, UNIBO)


Dr. VALENTINA MARIOTTI, PhD (in Anthropological Sciences, UNIBO)

Dr. MARIA ELENA PEDROSI, PhD (in Biodiversity and Evolution, UNIBO)

Dr. VIOLA TANGANELLI, PhD (in Evolutive Biology, UNISI)

Dr. BENEDETTA BONFIGLIOLI, PhD (in Anthropological Sciences, UNIBO)