Department: Anathomy and Anthropology
Faculty: Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences
Tel Aviv University

Prof. Hershkovitz Israel

Research Areas include:

  • Biohistory: The social and biological impact the transition from foraging and hunting to farming had on human populations. Although a rapid event in human evolution, the ‘agriculuture revolution’ was the most significant cultural process in human history, something that forever changed the face of humanity (culturally and biologically). Unlike many other paleoanthropological studies, we adopt an ‘osteobiographic’ approach, i.e., life history as recorded in bones. The study is based on several hundreds of Natufian and Neolithic skeletons (large portion of them were excavated by the team), housed at Tel Aviv University. The study, besides traditional methods, applies new methods and technologies as CT, Micro-CT, SEM, Histochemistry, aDNA, Isotope analyses.
  • Human evolution: Searching for the origin of anatomically modern humans. The origin of anatomically modern Homo sapiens and the fate of the Neanderthals have been fundamental questions in human evolutionary studies for over a century. New fossils excavated at Qesem, Misliya and Manot caves, may shed light on the above questions.
  • Evolutionary medicine: This section is divided into three topics: 1) Establishing valid methods for identifying diseases in ancient bones, 2) Identifying diseases in the fossil record, 3) Evolutionary perspective of current diseases.
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