Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190100465 [ 2019 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Dr Luca Fiorenza; A/Prof Stefano Benazzi; Dr Rachel Sarig

Brief description This project aims to advance understanding of the evolution of human dentition using an innovative approach that integrates sophisticated 3D digital modelling with engineering tools. Neanderthals are our closest extinct human relatives that inhabited Eurasia from about 230,000 to 28,000 years ago. However, their protruding faces, large noses and big anterior teeth, raise questions about why these people look so different from us. This project aims to fill this gap in human knowledge about our evolutionary history, and to enhance the international visibility of Australian research in palaeoanthropology and dental biomechanics.

Funding Amount $245,600

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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