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Pathways to humanity: Adaptive niche diversity at the origins of the human lineage

Project description

Reconstructing the human evolutionary history

The hypotheses of human evolution regarding the origin of humans from australopiths have changed since the discovery of the fossil human (hominin) species Homo naledi, Homo floresiensis and Australopithecus sediba. These new fossils raise fundamental questions about the ecological niches occupied by hominins and the inferred transitions between niches throughout human evolution. Under this light, the EU-funded NewHuman project will trace the origins of the human lineage. The project will use a novel, interdisciplinary and holistic approach using cutting-edge analyses of internal structures of fossil hominin teeth and bones to reconstruct the adaptive niche of these enigmatic species and test whether there is an unrecognised adaptive branch on the human family tree.

Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF KENT
Net EU contribution
€ 1 638 643,75
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
United Kingdom

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Region
South East (England) Kent East Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (4)

UNIVERSITY OF KENT
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 638 643,75
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent

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Region
South East (England) Kent East Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 241 250,00
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND JOHANNESBURG
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 68 750,00
Address
Jan Smuts Avenue 1
2001 Johannesburg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
955 Oliver Road
P7B 5E1 Thunder Bay

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00