Paola Cerrito


Paola Cerrito (PhD 2022, New York University, USA) is an evolutionary biologist and primatologist interested in the selective pressures and proximate mechanisms that have shaped and allowed for the evolution of human life history.

Her research focus on reproductive physiology and cooperative breeding behavior, which relate to aspects of our social cognition. Her diverse skill sets have led her to use a variety of techniques and approaches to tackle these broad evolutionary questions. The main focus of her work is the application of cutting-edge non-destructive histological methods to fossil hominin remains in order to elucidate the evolution of modern human reproductive scheduling. To better understand how our life history traits relate to our social and neurocognitive ones, she uses comparative methods and non-human primate models, which lead her to collaborate with primatologists and neuroscientists.