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Sahra Talamo

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: BIO/08 Anthropology

Short Bio

Full Professor in Chemistry, with special interest in studying human evolutionary events in combination with radiocarbon dating. During her period at the MPI-EVA, she has developed outstanding expertise in human evolution research, in particular regarding high-resolution chronologies in the study of human evolution and in geosciences in glacial times, with strong competence in interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2018 she won an ERC starting grant (n. 803147 – RESOLUTION), that started in 2019. In there she will develop high-resolution radiocarbon calibration data sets, using fossil trees to gain resolution, precision and confidence intervals to resolve key periods in European prehistory. The results of this work will be of pivotal importance to precisely establish the time of the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe, the way of their diffusion and their interactions with Neanderthals in terms of co-existence, co-habitation and competition.

Since 2020 she is the director of the new radiocarbon lab ‘BRAVHO’(Bologna Radiocarbon laboratory devoted to Human Evolution). 

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+39 051 20 9 9476

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Dipartimento di Chimica "Giacomo Ciamician"
Via Selmi 2, Bologna - Go to map

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Available in Bologna, at the Department of Chemistry G. Ciamician, Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University, Via Selmi, 2, or via Teams, both previous appointment.

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