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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 2019

All about Neanderthals

That of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) is perhaps the best known extinct human species. It is the first to have been identified (in 1856) and the closest to us Homo sapiens, not just chronologically. The Neanderthals are the protagonists of the population of part of Eurasia during the Middle and Late Pleistocene; they appear as a species around 250 thousand years ago and spread from Western Europe to the Middle East up to the steppes of Central Asia. Once represented as brutes with ape-like features, the Neanderthals were human beings similar to us and, at the same time, unique: in the morphology as in the genotype. Recent studies now offer us an intriguing picture of their evolutionary history starting from their origin until their extinction, which occurred about 40 thousand years ago, passing through an ever deeper knowledge of anatomy, physiology, genetics, sociality, cognition and culture of these Paleolithic hunter-gatherers. These are all aspects that will be dealt with in the Second Level of the School of Paleoanthropology 2019, in a scientific-educational experience in the search for our lost brothers of prehistory.


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

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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.

FOR TEACHERS: 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.