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An introduction to palaeoanthropology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Palaeolithic Europe: An introduction obtained.


This course introduces the participants to new developments in the field of palaeoanthropology with a focus on the physical anthropological evidence for hominin evolution, with special attention for various new methods developed and used within the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig).

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of key species in hominin evolution, with a focus on Eurasian Middle and Late Pleistocene;

  • Knowledge of scientific methods for the study of human evolution;

  • Insights into the interdisciplinary character of Palaeoanthropology and the progress made in recent years by the integration of various approaches.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Assignment.


Course schedule details can be found in the RMA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Literature study.

Assessment method

Written assignment on one of the topics addressed during the one-week lecture series (details on Blackboard).

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

R. Klein, The Human Career (3rd edition). Chicago University Press (2009), chapters 5, 6, 8.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. J.A. Hublin.