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.
Skeletal variability in modern humans and Neandeartals
Funerary behaviour from prehistory to modern periods
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).
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. RITA SORRENTINO, PhD and Post Doc (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)