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Biography

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), where he mastered cutting-edge techniques for the study of anatomical variability, including medical imaging, 3D digitisation, display, modelling and programming. Luca's research interests mostly focus 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.

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology, University of New England

2015 → …

Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Biomechanics
  • Human Evolution
  • Palaeodiet
  • functional morphology
  • occlusion
  • masticatory system
  • Neanderthals
  • Palaeontology
  • Primatology

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Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 2002 2018

A multidisciplinary approach to reconstruct Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic dietary habits: human adaptation to Pleistocene-Holocene environmental change in northeastern Italy

Oxilia, G., Fontana, F., Fiorenza, L., Kullmer, O., Goude, G., Gazzoni, V., Lugli, F., Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Cilli, E., Tuniz, C., Bernardini, F., Bortolini, E., Menghi Sartorio, J., Talamo, S., Benazzi, S. & Cristiani, E. 2018 (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Computer simulations show that Neanderthal facial morphology represents adaptation to cold and high energy demands, but not heavy biting

Wroe, S., Parr, W. C. H., Ledogar, J., Bourke, J., Evans, S. P., Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Hublin, J-J., Stringer, C., Kullmer, O., Curry, M., Rae, T. C. & Yokley, T. R. 11 Apr 2018 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 285, 1876, 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cranial shape variation in adult howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus)

Fiorenza, L. & Bruner, E. Jan 2018 In : American Journal of Primatology. 80, 1, 9 p., e22729

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dental macrowear and cortical bone thickness analyses of the Neanderthal mandible from Regourdou (Dordogne Southwestern France)

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Kullmer, O., Mazurier, A., Zanolli, C. & Macchiarelli, R. 2018 (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Diet and cultural diversity in Neanderthals and modern humans from dental macrowear analyses

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Estalrrich, A. & Kullmer, O. 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Press / Media

The peculiar cranial anatomy of howler monkeys

Luca Fiorenza

14/12/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Paleo diet? The opinion of a biological anthropologist

Luca Fiorenza

20/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Neanderthals used Aspirin’s ancestors.

Luca Fiorenza

9/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Neanderthals may have medicated with penicillin and painkillers

Luca Fiorenza

8/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment