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Lumila Menendez

Lumila Menéndez is a biological anthropologist, with a BA in Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, both from the University of La Plata (Argentina). During her PhD she contributed to discuss the strong impact of ecological factors on shaping the skull of South American populations. She was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tübingen (Germany), where she performed a virtual reconstruction of an early Holocene skull from Peru, and a postdoctoral fellow at the KLI, where she worked on the differential impact of diet on the human skull and mandible across time. She is currently a visiting fellow at the KLI, leading a project funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and hosted by the Department Archaeology of the Americas from the University of Bonn, which is focused on studying cranial and the ear bony labyrinth variation of South American human samples. Her main research interests are evolutionary biology, human evolution, anatomical variation, and the peopling and concomitant morphological diversification of the Americas.

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Movie: Ten Thousand Years of Cranial Evolution in South America