Katerina Harvati

Director, Paleoanthropology University of Tubingen Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York


Ph.D. 2001, City University of New York



Overview of Research

Prof. Harvati is a paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution, modern human origins and the application of 3-D geometric morphometric methods to anthropology. Her broader research interests include primate and human evolution; evolutionary theory and the species question in the human fossil record; evolution of primate and human life-history; Pleistocene hominins; the relationship of morphological variability to genetics and environment; and Paleolithic archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa, and recently directed paleoanthropological fieldwork in Greece (Aliakmon Paleolithic/ Paleoanthropological Survey project) and Tanzania (Lake Manyara Paleoanthropological Fieldwork). Prof. Harvati has organized international symposia on Neanderthal evolution ("Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives") and modern human origins ("Transition from archaic to modern: Quantitative approaches") (more about the conferences). Her edited volume of the articles presented at the "Neanderthals Revisited" conference was published by Springer in 2006. Her research is published, among other journals, in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution and American Journal of Physical Anthropology.


Harvati K., Panagopoulou E., Runnels C. In press. The Paleoanthropology of Greece. Evolutionary Anthropology.

Hubbe M., Hanihara T., Harvati K. In press. Climate signatures in the morphological differentiation of worldwide human populations. Anatomical Record.

Harvati K. 2009. Petralona: Link between Africa and Europe? In: L. Schepartz, C. Bourbou, and S. Fox (Eds.). new Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece. Wiener Laboratory Series, ASCSA, Athens.Nielsen-Marsh C., Hoffmann R., Toussaint M., Harvati K., Panagopoulou E., Hublin J-J., Richards M.P. 2009. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:1758-1763.

Richards M., Grimes V., Smith C., Smith T., Harvati K., Hublin J.-J., Karkanas P., Panagopoulou E. 2009. Response to Nowell and Horstwood (2009) Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1657-1658.

Smith T.M., Harvati K., Olejniczak A.J., Reid D.J., Hublin J.-J., Panagopoulou E. 2009. Dental development and enamel thickenss in the Lakonis Neanderthal molar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138: 112-118.

Richards M., Harvati K., Grimes V., Smith C., Smith T., Hublin J.-J., Karkanas P. and Panagopoulou E. 2008. Isotope evidence of Neanderthal mobility. Journal of Archaeological Science, 35, 1251-1256.

Harvati K. In press. Petralona: Link between Africa and Europe? In: L. Schepartz, C. Bourbou and S. Fox (eds.): New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece.  Wiener Laboratory Series, ASCSA, Athens.

Harvati K., Panagopoulou E., Karkanas P., Athanassiou A. and Frost S. R. 2008. Preliminary results of the Aliakmon Paleolithic / Paleoanthropological Survey, Greece, 2004-2005. In Darlas A. and Mihailovic D., eds. The Paleolithic of the Balkans. BAR-IS (Oxford)

Harvati K., Gunz P. and Grigorescu D. 2007. Cioclovina (Romania): morphological affinities of an early modern European. Journal of Human Evolution.53:732-746.[pdf] (Discovery News)

Tzedakis C., Hughen K, Cacho I. and Harvati K. 2007. Placing late Neanderthals in a climatic context. Nature, 449:206-208.