Curriculum Anthropology

Coordinator: Prof. Alfredo Coppa

The Curriculum for Anthropology is concerned with the natural history of the human species, with a focus on the aspects regarding our origins and biological evolution, as seen in the context of the variability of the order Primates and interaction with human cultures and environmental factors. The issues addressed in the curriculum of Anthropology include: the study of the variability of extant and extinct human populations using methods derived from anthropometry and molecular anthropology; the relationships between environmental and cultural factors and genetic structure of human populations; biodemography; archaeo-anthropology or biology of ancient human populations, including paleodemography and paleopathology; the analysis and interpretation of the fossil record in relation to the origins and human evolution; the reconstruction of the history of human settlement during the Quaternary through the study of morphological and molecular markers: the origin and evolution of subsistence strategies and human cultures (in their naturalisitc aspects) and human-environment relations, comparative aspects of ontogenetic development in this case human, in an evo-devo perspective; the study of the systematics, phylogeny and biology of primates, in order to understand the natural history of humans; the ethical implications of anthropology; the applications of anthropological disciplines in the museological field and for educational and scientific dissemination.

Research topics

  • Paleoanthropology, ecology of ancient human populations and natural history of Primates
  • Molecular anthropology, history and genetic adaptations in extant human populations
  • Paleobiology of ancient human populations, human paleontology, dental anthropology


  • Arsuaga Juan Luis
  • Coppa Alfredo
  • Destro Bisol Giovanni
  • Lahr Marta Mirazon
  • Manzi Giorgio
  • Rufo Fabrizio

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