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Personal profile


Luca received his Bachelor/Master degree in Natural Sciences in 2003 at La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy), and completed his PhD in Biological Sciences between the Goethe University and the Senckenberg Research Institute (Frankfurt, Germany) at the end of 2009. During his doctoral degree he was part of an outstanding multidisciplinary network called EVAN (European Virtual Anthropology Network, www.evan.at), where he mastered cutting-edge techniques for the study of anatomical variability, including medical imaging, 3D digitisation, display, modelling and programming. Luca is the Head of the Palaeodiet Research Lab (www.palaeodiet.org) and his research focuses on functional morphology of the masticatory apparatus in human and non-human primates, and on the importance of the role of diet in human evolution. He has published peer-reviewed articles in top tier multidisciplinary science journals such as Nature (Senior Author) and Nature, Ecology & Evolution, as well as high-impact anthropological journals such as Journal of Human Evolution and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. He has been listed among the Australia's Top Researchers by The Australian's Research 2020 Magazine as Leader in the field of Anthropology. He has attracted competitive internal and external research funding totalling >$1.1M AUD, including two ARC-Discovery Projects. He has wide experience in running research-intensive training workshops in cranio-dental functional morphology, digital anatomy and biomechanics.

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology, University of New England

2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Biomechanics
  • Human Evolution
  • Palaeodiet
  • Functional Morphology
  • Occlusion
  • Masticatory System
  • Neanderthals
  • Palaeontology
  • Primatology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Archaeology


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