The School of Paleoanthropology offers two teaching levels:

First Level → basic training
Open to undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD students, teachers and enthusiasts in human evolution, this course aims to provide a basic knowledge in the field of paleoanthropology and related disciplines (molecular anthropology, vertebrate paleontology, prehistoric archeology, archaeozoology, Quaternary geology, functional morphology, etc.).

Second Level → thematic workshop
Specialized and professionalizing course focused, year by year, on a specific theme/methodological approach. Dedicated to participants with good knowledge in paleoanthropology and/or related disciplines, who are interested in deepening the proposed topic.

Workshop Edition 2020

The continent of our origins

We sink our roots in Africa. So it has been for millions of years. There took place the three fundamental evolutionary processes through which we became the species we are. Therefore, “Three times Africa”.

Africa, around 5 million years ago: we evolve from the apes. In a still largely forest environment, some primate species now show a tendency to move on the ground with only the support of lower limbs, laying the foundations for the fundamental step (it must be said!) that will allow future developments in human evolution.
Africa, around 2.5 million years ago: the brain size of some of our ancestors, now largely bipedal, is beginning to increase. Thus the genus Homo appears. Favored by more open and more arid environments, the new genus diversifies into species that radically change their lifestyle, become skilled tool makers and began to expand also in Eurasia.
Africa, around 200 thousand years ago: one or more populations of an “archaic” species of Homo acquire modern characteristics: it is the appearance of Homo sapiens. Spreading, first in Africa and then on the whole planet, the new species adapts over time to each ecosystem, produces ever-changing cultures and contributes to the extinction of each competitor.

These three basic steps of human evolution will be the focus of the Second Level of the Tenth Edition of the School of Paleoanthropology. The environmental changes, the morphological and molecular aspects, the cultural aspects and the evolutionary processes that made it possible and characterized each of these crucial moments for our Natural History will be proposed. Therefore, “Three times Africa”.

Classes are held at the Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia.

For each day of the School, lectures have a duration of 8 hours (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon).
The participation certificates are delivered on the last day of the School at the Natural History Gallery of the University of Perugia.
Together with the certificate, each participant is given a document with details of the courses attended.
Participation in the the School Paleoanthropology allows obtaining 6 CFU.
Participation in summer research in Tanzania allows obtaining additional 6 CFU.

The School of Paleoanthropology is a training course accredited by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). For participation, teachers can take advantage of the CARTA DEL DOCENTE.