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The “Cultural Heritage project. Our Roots, our Future” intends to highlight the virtuous interaction between training, research and production through the research and teaching activities of four universities in Emilia Romagna: Bologna, Ferrara, Modena e Reggio, Parma which are conducting courses focused on the enhancement of cultural heritage through new technologies.

The earliest migration of Homo sapiens in southern Europe:
understanding the biocultural processes that define our uniqueness

The Project is going to produce the following outcomes:

  1. Reconstruct ecological settings and environmental changes from Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic
  2. Establish the time of the arrival of modern humans in Southern Europe, the pattern of their dispersal and their interactions with Neandertals
  3. New understanding of behavioural patterns displayed by the last Neandertals in comparison to modern humans
  4. New protocols for taxonomic discrimination between the two groups
  5. Important insights on mobility patterns
  6. Understand the timing, patterns and causes of the Neandertal demise

Results obtained from Southern Europe will be crucial for understanding the Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic Transition in the rest of Europe and developing a statistical model of cultural change that can be applied to other regions to generate testable hypotheses, ultimately providing an example for future integrative scientific studies in the field of human evolution.


  • Our comment raises doubts on the impact Laschamps, on hominin and faunal extinctions, and human behavioural changes.

 DOI: 10.1126/science.abi8330

  • Early Alpine occupation backdates westward human migration in Late Glacial Europe


Le migrazioni che hanno cambiato il patrimonio genetico degli europei sono più antiche di quanto pensavamo

  • Neanderthal children grew and were weaned much like modern humans, new study says

This is a 3D reconstruction of the three Neanderthal milk teeth analyzed in the study. Shown are (from left) the tooth found in the Fumane Cave; the one found in the Broion Cave; and the tooth found in the De Nadale Cave.

  • Neanderthal e Sapiens, i “gemelli” del lago. Il giornale di Vicenza 15 ottobre 2019

  • Nel campus di Ravenna si riscrive l’evoluzione dell’uomo. Corriere Romagna, 6 ottobre 2019