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Bosman, A.M.3, Harvati, K.1, In Press. A virtual assessment of the proposed suprainiac fossa on the early modern European calvaria from Cioclovina, Romania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Urban, M.3, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Bellamy, K.R., Pache, M.J., In Press. The areal typology of western Middle and South America: Towards a comprehensive view. Linguistics

Sahle, Y.3, In Press. Eastern African Stone Age. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford University Press, Oxford. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.013.53

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Harvati, K.1, In Press. Anatomical affinities of the Mumba X skeleton from Tanzania: A geometric morphometric study of the temporal bone, in: Bretzke, K., Conard, N.J. (Eds.), Mumba Cave and the Cultural Dynamics of the Middle Stone Age in East Africa. Kerns Verlag, Tübingen.


Sahle, Y.3, Brooks, A.S.8, 2019. Assessment of complex projectiles in the early Late Pleistocene at Aduma, Ethiopia. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216716. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216716

Lacruz, R.S., Stringer, C.B.8, Kimbel, W.H., Wood, B., Harvati, K.1, O’Higgins, P., Bromage, T.G., Arsuaga, J.-L., 2019. The evolutionary history of the human face. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 726–736. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0865-7

Politis, G.G.5, Messineo, P.G., Stafford, T.W., Lindsey, E.L., 2019. Campo Laborde: A Late Pleistocene giant ground sloth kill and butchering site in the Pampas. Science Advances 5(3): eaau4546. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau4546

Sahle, Y.3, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Bentz, C.4, 2019. Modern Human Origins and Dispersal. DFG Center for Advanced Studies Series, vol. 2 (ed. Harvati, K.1 and Jäger, G.1). Kerns Verlag, Tübingen.

Sahle, Y.3, 2019. Ethnoarchaeology of compound adhesive production and scraper hafting: Implications from Hadiya (Ethiopia). Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 53: 43-50. doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2018.11.001

  • Chapter 1:   Pagani, L.8, Crevecoeur, I.8, What is Africa? A Human Perspective, pp. 15-24.
  • Chapter 2:   Will, M.8, Conard, N.J.6, Tryon, C.A.8, 2019. Timing and trajectory of cultural evolution on the African continent 200,000-30,000 years ago, pp. 25-72.
  • Chapter 3:   Sahle, Y.3, Beyene, Y., Defleur, A., Asfaw, B., WoldeGabriel, G., Hart, W.K., Morgan, L.E., Renne, P.R., Carlson, J.P., White, T.D., 2019. Revisiting Herto: New evidence of Homo sapiens from Ethiopia, pp. 73-104.
  • Chapter 4:   Sahle, Y.3, Beyene, Y., Defleur, A., Asfaw, B., WoldeGabriel, G., Hart, W.K., Renne, P.R., Carlson, J.P., White, T.D., 2019. Human emergence: Perspectives from Herto, Afar Rift, Ethiopia, pp. 105-136.
  • Chapter 5:   Bosman, A.M.3, Buck, L.T.5, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Mirazón Lahr, M.8, Stringer, C.8, Harvati, K.1, 2019. The Kabua 1 cranium: Virtual anatomical reconstructions, pp. 137-170.
  • Chapter 6:   Ambrose, S.H.8, 2019. Chronological calibrations of Late Pleistocene modern human dispersals, climate change, and archaeology with geochemical isochrons, pp. 171-214.
  • Chapter 7:   Tryon, C.A.8, Lewis, J.E., Ranhorn, K., 2019. Excavating the archives: The 1956 excavation of the Late Pleistocene-Holocene sequence at Kisese II (Tanzania), pp. 215-238.
  • Chapter 8:   Schmidt, V.T., Ley, R.E., 2019. The African microbiome: Clues of human adaptation and population history, pp. 239-260.
  • Chapter 9:   Schlebusch, C.M.8, 2019. Population migration and adaptation during the African Holocene: A genetic perspective, pp. 261-284.
  • Chapter 10:   Güldemann, T.8, 2019. The linguistics of Holocene High Africa, pp. 285-314.
  • Chapter 11:   Daneyko, T.8, Bentz, C.4, 2019. Click languages tend to have large consonant inventories: Implications for language evolution and change, pp. 315-330.
  • Chapter 12:   Duda, P.8, Zrzavý, J., 2019. Towards a global phylogeny of human populations based on genetic and linguistic data, pp. 331-359.


Roksandic, M.5, Buhay, B., Byers, D., Ríos, L.L., Duncan, H.J.C., Roksandic, I.5, 2018. The earliest burial from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua: the Angi shell-matrix site. Antiquity 92(366): 1478-1491. doi:10.15184/aqy.2018.142

Bentz, C.4, 2018. Adaptive Languages, An Information-Theoretic Account of Linguistic Diversity. De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin.

Beier, J., Anthes, N., Wahl, J., Harvati, K.1, 2018. Similar cranial trauma prevalence among Neanderthals and Upper Palaeolithic modern humans. Nature 563(7733): 686-690. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0696-8

Durán, V., Novellino, P., Menéndez, L.4, Gasco, A., Marsh, E., Barberena, R., Frigolé, C., 2018. Barrio Ramos I: prácticas funerarias en el inicio del período de dominación inca del valle de Uspallata (Mendoza, Argentina). Relaciones de la Sociedad Argentina de Antropología 43, 55-86.

Harvati, K.1, Jäger, G.1, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, 2018. New Perspectives on the Peopling of the Americas. DFG Center for Advanced Studies Series, vol. 1 (ed. Harvati, K.1 and Jäger, G.1). Kerns Verlag, Tübingen.

  • Chapter 1:   Nichols, J.5, Bentz, C.4, Morphological complexity of languages reflects the settlement history of the Americas, pp. 13-26.
  • Chapter 2:   Urban, M.3, Maritime loanwords in languages of Pacific Meso- and South America? An exploratory study, pp. 27-60.
  • Chapter 3:   Muysken, P.8, Grammatical archaeology: History and contact in the indigenous languages of South America, pp. 61-78.
  • Chapter 4:   Politis, G.5, Prates, L., Clocking the arrival of Homo sapiens in the Southern Cone of South America, pp. 79-106.
  • Chapter 5:   Rademaker, K.5, Hodgins, G., Exploring the chronology of occupations and burials at Cuncaicha Rockshelter, Peru, pp. 107-124.
  • Chapter 6:   Francken, M., Baier, J., Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Harvati, K.1, Rademaker, K. 5, The Human Skeletal Remains from Cuncaicha Rock Shelter, Peru, pp. 125-152.
  • Chapter 7:   Strauss, A.5, Oliveira, R.E., Gratão, M., da Costa, A., Fogaça, E., Boëda, E., Human skeletal remains from Serra da Capivara, Brazil: Review of the available evidence and report on new findings, pp. 153-172.
  • Chapter 8:   Menéndez, L.P.4, Giusti, D., Global and local trends of morphological variation: Application of spatial statistics to the basicranial shape pattern of southern South American populations, pp. 173-198.
  • Chapter 9:   Roksandic, I.5, Roksandic, M.5, Peopling of the Caribbean, pp. 199-223.

Jäger, G.1, List, J.-M.8, 2018. Using ancestral state reconstruction methods for onomasiological reconstruction in multilingual word lists. Language Dynamics and Change 8, 22-54. doi: 10.1163/22105832-00801002

Karakostis, F.A., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V.5, Harvati, K.1, 2018. Evidence for precision grasping in Neandertal daily activities. Science Advances 4. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat2369

Karakostis, F.A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K.1, 2018. A repeatable geometric morphometric approach to the analysis of hand entheseal three-dimensional form. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166, 246-260. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23421

Menéndez, L.P.4, 2018. Moderate climate signature in cranial anatomy of late holocene human populations from Southern South America. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165(2):309-326. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23355

Posth, C.8, Nakatsuka, N., Lazaridis, I., Skoglund, P., Mallick, S., Lamnidis, T.C., Rohland, N., Nägele, K., Adamski, N., Bertolini, E., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Cooper, A., Culleton, B.J., Ferraz, T., Ferry, M., Furtwängler, A., Haak, W., Harkins, K., Harper, T.K., Hünemeier, T., Lawson, A.M., Llamas, B., Michel, M., Nelson, E., Oppenheimer, J., Patterson, N., Schiffels, S., Sedig, J., Stewardson, K., Talamo, S., Wang, C.-C., Hublin, J.-J., Hubbe, M.5, Harvati, K.1, Nuevo Delaunay, A., Beier, J., Francken, M., Kaulicke, P.5, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Rademaker, K.5, K., Trask, W.R., Robinson, M., Gutierrez, S.M., Prufer, K.M., Salazar-García, D.C., Chim, E.N., Müller Plumm Gomes, L., Alves, M.L., Liryo, A., Inglez, M., Oliveira, R.E., Bernardo, D.V., Barioni, A., Wesolowski, V., Scheifler, N.A., Rivera, M.A., Plens, C.R., Messineo, P.G., Figuti, L., Corach, D., Scabuzzo, C., Eggers, S., DeBlasis, P., Reindel, M., Méndez, C., Politis, G.5, Tomasto-Cagigao, E., Kennett, D.J., Strauss, A.5, Fehren-Schmitz, L., Krause, J.6, Reich, D., 2018. Reconstructing the deep population history of Central and South America. Cell 175(5): 1185-1197.e1122. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.027

Roksandic, M.5, Radović, P., Lindal, J., 2018. Revising the hypodigm of Homo heidelbergensis: A view from the Eastern Mediterranean. Quaternary International 466:66-81. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.10.013

Sahle, Y.3, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Bentz, C.4, 2018. Modern human origins and dispersal: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 27, 64-67. doi:10.1002/evan.21573

Sahle, Y.3, Braun, D.R. 2018. A reply to Douze and Delagnes’s ‘The pattern of emergence of a Middle Stone Age tradition at Gademotta and Kulkuletti (Ethiopia) through convergent tool and point technologies’ [J. Hum. Evol. 91 (2016) 93–121]. Journal of Human Evolution 125:201-206. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.10.005

Tourloukis, V.5, Harvati, K.1, 2017. The Palaeolithic record of Greece: A synthesis of the evidence and a research agenda for the future. Quaternary International 466:48-65. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.04.020

Urban, M.3 Sprachlandschaften: Über die Bedeutung von Sprache(n) in der Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Umwelt. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg.

Yanovich, I. 5, 2018. The effect of dictionary omissions on phylogenies computationally inferred from lexical data. Language Dynamics and Change 8, 78-107. doi:10.1163/22105832-00801007


Yanovich, I. 4, 2017. Analyzing imperfective games. Semantics and Pragmatics 10(17). doi:10.3765/sp.10.17

Bentz, C.4, Alikaniotis, D., Cysouw, M., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., 2017a. The entropy of words—learnability and expressivity across more than 1000 languages. Entropy 19, 275. doi:10.3390/e19060275

Bentz, C.4, Alikaniotis, D., Samardžić, T., Buttery, P., 2017b. Variation in word frequency distributions: Definitions, measures and implications for a corpus-based language typology. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 24, 128-162. doi:10.1080/09296174.2016.1265792

Bosman, A.M.3, Moisik, S.R., Dediu, D.8, Waters-Rist, A., 2017. Talking heads: Morphological variation in the human mandible over the last 500 years in the Netherlands. HOMO – Journal of Comparative Human Biology 68, 329-342. doi:10.1016/j.jchb.2017.08.002

Gil, A.F., Menéndez, L.P.4, Atencio, J.P., Peralta, E.A., Neme, G.A., Ugan, A., 2017. Estrategias humanas, estabilidad y cambio en la frontera agrícola sur americana. Latin American Antiquity, 1-21. doi:10.1017/laq.2017.59

Holman, E.W., Wichmann, S.5, 2017. New evidence from linguistic phylogenetics identifies limits to punctuational change. Systematic Biology 66, 604-610. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syw106

Hublin, J.-J., Ben-Ncer, A., Bailey, S.E., Freidline, S.E., Neubauer, S., Skinner, M.M., Bergmann, I., Le Cabec, A., Benazzi, S., Harvati, K.1, Gunz, P.8, 2017. New fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco and the pan-African origin of Homo sapiens. Nature 546, 289-292. doi:10.1038/nature22336

Jäger, G.1, List, J.-M., Sofroniev, P., 2017. Using support vector machines and state-of-the-art algorithms for phonetic alignment to identify cognates in multi-lingual wordlists, 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Valencia, Spain, pp. 1204-1226.

Karakostis, F.A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K.1, 2017. Occupational manual activity is reflected on the patterns among hand entheses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 164, 30-40. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23253

Menéndez, L.P.4, 2017. Comparing methods to assess intraobserver measurement error of 3D craniofacial landmarks using geometric morphometrics through a digitizer arm. Journal of Forensic Sciences 62, 741-746. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.13301

Menéndez, L.P.4, Bonomo, M., Messineo, P., González, M., Politis, G.5, Pérez, S.I., 2017. Variación craneofacial de los primeros habitantes de las Pampas Argentinas: Implicancias para el poblamiento de América, in: Paschetta, C., González-José, R., Lanta, J.L. (Eds.), De Cómo Cruzar Fronteras en la Ciencia: Homenaje a Héctor M. Pucciarelli. IPCSH e IIDyPCa, CONICET, Puerto Madryn y San Carlos de Bariloche.

Menéndez, L.P.4, Miranda De Zela, P., 2017. Análisis comparativo de índices de caries dentales a partir de muestras de sitios arqueológicos del Holoceno tardío de la República Argentina. Revista argentina de antropología biológica 19, 1-18. doi:10.17139/raab.2017.0019.02.03

Rathmann, H.4, Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Ghirotto, S.5, Creanza, N.8, Hanihara, T., Harvati, K.1, 2017a. Reconstructing human population history from dental phenotypes. Scientific Reports 7, 12495. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12621-y

Rathmann, H.4, Saltini Semerari, G., Harvati, K.1, 2017b. Evidence for migration influx into the ancient Greek colony of Metaponto: A population genetics approach using dental nonmetric traits. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 27, 453-464. doi:10.1002/oa.2569

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Ghirotto, S.5, Harvati, K.1, 2017a. Genomic validation of the differential preservation of population history in modern human cranial anatomy. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162, 170-179. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23060

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Rathmann, H.4, Hanihara, T., Harvati, K.1, 2017b. Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models using dental nonmetric data. Current Anthropology 58, S406-S417. doi:10.1086/694423

Sahle, Y. 3, Beyin, A.8, 2017. Archaeological reconnaissance of the Late Pleistocene Red Sea coast in the Danakil. Antiquity 91. doi:10.15184/aqy.2017.172

Sahle, Y.3, El Zaatari, S.9, White, T.D., 2017. Hominid butchers and biting crocodiles in the African Plio–Pleistocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 13164-13169. doi:10.1073/pnas.1716317114

Schuenemann, V.J., Peltzer, A., Welte, B., van Pelt, W.P., Molak, M., Wang, C.-C., Furtwängler, A., Urban, C., Reiter, E., Nieselt, K., Teßmann, B., Francken, M., Harvati, K.1, Haak, W., Schiffels, S., Krause, J.6, 2017. Ancient Egyptian mummy genomes suggest an increase of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in post-Roman periods. Nature Communications 8, 15694. doi:10.1038/ncomms15694

Shackley, M.S., Sahle, Y.3, 2017. Geochemical characterization of four Quaternary obsidian sources and provenance of sbsidian artifacts from the Middle Stone Age site of Gademotta, Main Ethiopian Rift. Geoarchaeology 32, 302-310. doi:10.1002/gea.21579

Singh, N., Albert, F.W., Plyusnina, I., Trut, L., Pӓӓbo, S., Harvati, K.1, 2017. Facial shape differences between rats selected for tame and aggressive behaviors. PLOS ONE 12, e0175043. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0175043

Tourloukis, V.5, Harvati, K.1, 2017. The Palaeolithic record of Greece: A synthesis of the evidence and a research agenda for the future. Quaternary International. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.04.020

Wichmann, S.5, 2017. Modeling language family expansions. Diachronica 34, 79-101. doi:doi:10.1075/dia.34.1.03wic


Fu, Q., Posth, C.8, Hajdinjak, M., Petr, M., Mallick, S., Fernandes, D., Furtwängler, A., Haak, W., Meyer, M., Mittnik, A., Nickel, B., Peltzer, A., Rohland, N., Slon, V., Talamo, S., Lazaridis, I., Lipson, M., Mathieson, I., Schiffels, S., Skoglund, P., Derevianko, A.P., Drozdov, N., Slavinsky, V., Tsybankov, A., Cremonesi, R.G., Mallegni, F., Gély, B., Vacca, E., Morales, M.R.G., Straus, L.G., Neugebauer-Maresch, C., Teschler-Nicola, M., Constantin, S., Moldovan, O.T., Benazzi, S., Peresani, M., Coppola, D., Lari, M., Ricci, S., Ronchitelli, A., Valentin, F., Thevenet, C., Wehrberger, K., Grigorescu, D., Rougier, H., Crevecoeur, I., Flas, D., Semal, P., Mannino, M.A., Cupillard, C., Bocherens, H., Conard, N.J.6, Harvati, K.1, Moiseyev, V., Drucker, D.G., Svoboda, J., Richards, M.P., Caramelli, D., Pinhasi, R., Kelso, J., Patterson, N., Krause, J.6, Pääbo, S., Reich, D., 2016. The genetic history of Ice Age Europe. Nature 534, 200-205. doi:10.1038/nature17993

Menéndez, L.4, Mansegosa, D., 2016. Estado actual de los estudios bioantropológicos con muestras prehistóricas e históricas de restos óseos humanos: el caso de estudio de los Andes meridionales. Comechingonia 20, 5-20.

Menéndez, L.P.4, 2016. Spatial variation of dental caries in late holocene samples of Southern South America: A geostatistical study. American Journal of Human Biology 28, 825-836. doi:10.1002/ajhb.22874

Noback, M.L., Samo, E., van Leeuwen, C.H.A., Lynnerup, N., Harvati, K.1 1, 2016. Paranasal sinuses: A problematic proxy for climate adaptation in Neanderthals. Journal of Human Evolution 97, 176-179. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.06.003

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, 2016. Out of Africa and into Asia: Fossil and genetic evidence on modern human origins and dispersals. Quaternary International 416, 249-262. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.063

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Harvati, K.1 1, Jäger, G.1, 2016. Tracking modern human population history from linguistic and cranial phenotype. Scientific Reports 6, 1-9. doi:10.1038/srep36645

Sahle, Y.3, Negash, A., 2016. An ethnographic experiment of endscraper curation rate among Hadiya hideworkers, Ethiopia. Lithic Technology 41, 154-163. doi:10.1179/2051618515Y.0000000022

Uhl, A., Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Grigorescu, D., Kranioti, E.F., Harvati, K.1, 2016. Inner ear morphology of the Cioclovina early modern European calvaria from Romania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160, 62-70. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22938

Yanovich, I. 6, 2016a. Corrections to ‘Standard Contextualism Strikes Back’. Journal of Semantics 33, 409-412. doi:10.1093/jos/ffw001

Yanovich, I. 6, 2016b. Old English* motan, variable-force modality, and the presupposition of inevitable actualization: Online Appendices. Language 92, s1-s16. doi:10.1353/lan.2016.0050
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Jäger, G.1 2015. Support for linguistic macrofamilies from weighted sequence alignment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(41):12752-12757. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1500331112

Reyes-Centeno, H.2, Hubbe M, Hanihara T, Stringer, C8, and Harvati, K.1 2015. Testing modern human out-of-Africa dispersal models and implications for modern human origins. Journal of Human Evolution 87:95-106. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.06.008


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