The ERC Advanced Grant Biogeographic and cultural adaptations of early humans during the first intercontinental dispersals (BICAEHFID) Project aims to produce a global synthesis of earliest human occupation dynamics by comparing the world’s longest sequences of early archaeological sites, namely from eastern Africa and China. The objective is to understand the alternative evolutionary trajectories adopted by hominins that shared an overarching biological and cultural background, but which faced different climatic and biogeographic challenges and opportunities. A part of the BICAEHFID Project takes place at the Museum für Naturkunde.
Responsibilities: literature research on the paleontology and archaeology of the Pliocene and Pleistocene of the Old World; establishment of a georeferenced overview on the North-South distribution of mammals and ancient hominins in the Old World; leaning, preparation, cataloging, and curation of Pleistocene fossils and stone tools; selection and sampling of fossil teeth for stable isotope analyses; molding of fossil teeth for microwear analyses.
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