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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), 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 → …


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

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Projects 2014 2022

A real-time biomechanical study of Neanderthal anterior dentition

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S. & Sarig, R.


Project: Research

Understanding the evolution of human diet through digital anatomy and dental biomechanics

Fiorenza, L., Adams, J., Herries, A., Joannes-Boyau, R., Wroe, S., Benazzi, S., Kullmer, O. & Evans, A.


Project: Other

Research Output 2002 2020

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

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Estalrrich, A. & Kullmer, O., 2020, Dental Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Contexts. Schmidt, C. W. & Watson, J. T. (eds.). 1st ed. London, UK: Academic Press, p. 39-72 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

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

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Kullmer, O., Zampirolo, G., Mazurier, A., Zanolli, C. & Macchiarelli, R., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Human Evolution. 132, p. 174-188 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Elemental signatures in Australopithecus africanus teeth reveal seasonal dietary stress

Joannes-Boyau, R., Adams, J. W., Austin, C., Arora, M., Moffat, I., Herries, A. I. R., Tonge, M. P., Benazzi, S., Evans, A. R., Kullmer, O., Wroe, S., Dosseto, A. & Fiorenza, L., 15 Jul 2019, In : Nature. 572, p. 112-115 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evidence for increased hominid diversity in the Early to Middle Pleistocene of Indonesia

Zanolli, C., Kullmer, O., Kelley, J., Bacon, A-M., Demeter, F., Dumoncel, J., Fiorenza, L., Grine, F. E., Hublin, J-J., Nguyen, A. T., Nguyen, T. M. H., Pan, L., Schillinger, B., Schrenk, F., Skinner, M. M., Ji, X. & Macchiarelli, R., May 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, 5, p. 755-764 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Functional molar macrowear analysis in Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii

Blanchard, R., Mitchel, D. R., Klinkhamer, A. & Fiorenza, L., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Press / Media

Humans were changing the planet earlier than we knew

Luca Fiorenza


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Neanderthals commonly suffered from surfer's ear

Luca Fiorenza


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Early humans breastfed their young for a year, study says

Renaud Joannes-Boyau, Ian Moffat, Justin Adams, Luca Fiorenza & Alistair Evans


18 items of media coverage, 2 media contributions

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Breastfeeding in our earliest human ancestors

Luca Fiorenza


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Image of the Day: New Apes

Luca Fiorenza


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature