Katerina Harvati

Katerina Harvati
Katerina Harvati
paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution and modern human origins

KATERINA HARVATI is a paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution and modern human origins. Her research interests include evolutionary theory, the relationship between morphological variation and genetic and environmental factors, and the evolution of primate and human life history. She conducts fieldwork in Africa and Europe, including her native Greece. Harvati studied at Columbia University, the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History. Before joining the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in 2004, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at New York University. She is also an adjunct associate professor of anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Analysis by Harvati and her colleagues on a late Pleistocene human skull found in Africa’s Eastern Cape Province was listed by Time magazine as one of the top ten scientific discoveries of 2007, constituting "the first fossil evidence that modern humans left Africa between 65,000 and 25,000 years ago."