The teaching staff of the School of Paleoanthropology is selected annually by the Scientific Committee with the aim of building for the participants an always updated, diversified and high level teaching program.

For the 2024 edition, the following lecturers have been invited to Perugia:

Full Professor of Legal Medicine at the University of Milan, where she also teaches Anthropology, and director of Labanof (Laboratory of Anthropology and Forensic and Forensic Odontology) and of MUSA (University Museum of Anthropological, Medical and Forensic Sciences for human rights). For Raffaello Cortina Editore, she published Crimini e farfalle (with M. Maldarella, 2006), Naufraghi senza volto (2018) winner of the Galileo prize 2019 and international bestseller translated into numerous languages, and Corpi, scheletri e delitti (2019).


Photo by Jes Larsen

Evolutionist geneticist, he holds the chairs in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Cambridge and in Evolution at the University of Copenhagen, where he is also director of the Center of Excellence in Geogenetics. In addition, Willerslev is an associate researcher of the WellCome Trust Sanger Institute. He is particularly known for sequencing the first ancient human genome, for having conducted genomic studies on human populations all over the world and for having founded the field of environmental DNA, in which the modern and ancient DNA of plants and animals is obtained directly from environmental samples.

Passionate about nature, science and art since childhood, after graduating in Natural Sciences in 1996, as self-taught, he began his activity as a naturalistic sculptor who quickly leads him to be appreciated by the major scientific institutions in the world. His works (especially resin enlarged insects) are appreciated by scientific museums in Italy and abroad (USA and Canada, China, Australia, South Africa, Europe). In 2011 for the Palaexpo in Rome, he made the first extinct human figures. In 2023 he concluded the creation of six silicone reconstructions of hominins for the new room of human evolution of the Museum of Natural History of the University of Pisa, developing original construction techniques.

First level – Basic training
Giovanni Boschian (Università di Pisa), Geology, Prehistoric ecology
Francesco Boschin, Jacopo Crezzini (Università di Siena), Archeozoology
Marco Cherin (Università di Perugia), Vertebrate paleontology
Stefano Grimaldi (Università di Trento), Prehistoric archeology
Donatella Magri (Sapienza Università di Roma), Paleobotanics
Giorgio Manzi (Sapienza Università di Roma), Human paleontology
Jacopo Moggi Cecchi (Università di Firenze), Human paleontology
Claudio Ottoni (Università di Roma Tor Vergata), Molecular anthropology

Second level – Workshop Genes, dispersal and mixing
Organized by
Claudio Ottoni (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
Olga Rickards (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
With lectures by
Marica Baldoni (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
Marco De Martino (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
Hovirag Lancioni (Università di Perugia)
Claudio Ottoni (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
Olga Rickards (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
Gabriele Scorrano (Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen)