Stefano Benazzi


Stefano Benazzi is full Professor in Physical Anthropology at the Department of Cultural Heritage of University of Bologna (Italy), with special interest in Osteoarchaeology, Paleoanthropology, Bioarchaeology and Biomechanics.

He is particularly interested in the latest period of human evolution (Middle and Upper Palaeolithic periods), the appearance of modern humans in Europe and the demise of Neanderthals. He is particularly focused on developing computer-based methods for dental morphometric analysis, which are suitable in Paleoanthropology for taxonomical assessment. He uses virtual approaches and Geometric Morphometric methods for the purposes of bone reconstruction and shape analysis of skeletal remains. He finds the relationship between function and morphology in primate dentition very intriguing and he wants to address this issue by means of finite element methods and macrowear analysis. From 2017 to 2022, he led the ERC Consolidator project (SUCCESS), since 2022, he has been a partner in an ERC Advanced project (FIRSTSTEPS) and in 2023, he was announced as the winner of an ERC Synergy project “LAST NEANDERTHALS”. He currently directs the Laboratory of Osteoarchaeology and Palaeoanthropology (BONES Lab) at the Department of Cultural Heritage (University of Bologna) and coordinates archaeological excavations at several Palaeolithic sites.