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Research conducted at the center draws from the strengths of the paleoanthropology and general linguistics work groups, headed respectively by Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati and Prof. Gerhard Jäger. Harvati and Jäger both currently direct projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC), including Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe (PaGE) and Language Evolution: The Empirical Turn (EVOLAEMP). Dr. Yonatan Sahle, junior group leader, and Dr. Hugo Reyes-Centeno, scientific coordinator, focus on modern human origins and diversity from cultural and biological perspectives.

The center hosts colloquia and an annual symposium designed to present current research results and promote discussion, as well as to develop new methods and a theoretical foundation for the interdisciplinary study of the human past. In addition, the center sponsors visiting fellows for short and long-term periods.

Current and prospective projects conducted by the center’s core members and visiting fellows are outlined in our projects page.



  • Article: Argentinean Pampas and the peopling of the Americas

    A new research article by DFG Center’s Fellow Lumila Menéndez and colleagues uses cranial data from early Holocene Pampas samples in order to inform the...

  • 27 March 2017

    New open position at the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment. Position description: Fachinformatiker/in Systemintegration. All the details are provided in the PDF file...

  • 10 March 2017

    The third annual symposium of the DFG Center for Advanced Studies will be held on November 3rd – 5th at the Alte Aula in Tübingen....