PRAT Sandrine

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  • HNHP, UMR 7194, CNRS, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 75016, France
  • Fieldwork, Paleoanthropology, Phylogenetics
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1995: MSc 1 degree in geological sciences (Paris 6 University) 1996: MSc 2 degree in paleoanthropology (Bordeaux University) 2000: Ph.D degree in paleoanthropology (Bordeaux University)

Principal subjects of investigations: Taxinomy of Pliocene and early Pleistocene hominins. Tempo and mode of dispersal of early Homo

Sandrine Prat, has extensive experience working on human evolution especially on Pliocene and Pleistocene African hominins from 3.5 to 1.5 Ma (early Homo, Paranthropus and Australopithecus). Her research is focused on understanding Plio-Pleistocene hominin diversity and the tempo and mode of dispersal of early Homo and Paranthropus in particular. She addresses these issues using cladistics analyses and comparative and integrative approaches on hominin and extant great apes specimens. In order to answer to these questions, she has built a cranial and dental dataset of the hominin housed in South Africa in particular. Since 1998, she is a permanent member of the West Turkana Archaeological Project (WTAP, as directed by Hélène Roche and currently Sonia Harmand). She is in charge of the paleoanthropological part of WTAP research. As a palaeoanthropologist, she participated in large archaeological excavations and surveys during 13 field seasons and directed the excavation of some lower Pleistocene sites. Additionally, she played a major role in co-planning two successful field seasons in Ukraine (upper Palaeolithic sites in Crimea), which yielded the oldest Anatomically Modern Humans remains in Eastern Europe. She also participated to fieldwork in Georgia (Dmanisi and Tsalka sites).

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