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Brain Dynamics Graduate School is happy to announce a new online talk in our Seminar Series:

  • PD Dr. Philipp Gunz
    ­Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
    "What Neanderthals have to say about your brain"
    22th April 2022, 12:00

    Zoom Meeting (https://uni-leipzig.zoom.us/j/66061728231?pwd=YkdsYUJ2VDdZdW15UXRsTGx0dEY5dz09

    Meeting ID: 660 6172 8231
    Passcode: 156718)



In contrast to our fossil ancestors and extinct relatives, like the Neanderthals, the unique modern human phenotype comprises a more globular braincase. This striking alteration of endocranial shape is likely to reflect evolutionary changes in the organization of structures of the human brain. However as brain tissues do not fossilize the underlying biology has remained elusive. Combining data from fossil skulls, ancient genomes, brain imaging and gene expression helps shed light on the evolutionary changes shaping the human brain.

Short Bio:

Dr. Philipp Gunz is a biological anthropologist who studies the evolution of human development. Philipp obtained his PhD at the University of Vienna (2005), and is currently a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He is a specialist for the reconstruction of fossil skulls from computed tomographic scans, and the statistical analysis of shape — a set of methods called geometric morphometrics. Find out more: www.evodevo.de