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Erasmus Mundus on the Quaternary and Prehistory - Do we research?

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The main objective of this group is to establish the palaeoecological context of the palaeoclimatic, palaeobiological and behavioural aspects of human dispersal in the Mediterranean basin throughout the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene. These three factors-climate evolution, dispersal of fauna and techno-cultural evolution-have acted as effective causes in the episodes of human dispersal from the Pliocene to the Middle Pleistocene.

This group focuses on the study of how ecology, population dynamics and cultural change characterised human societies throughout prehistory, from the first evidence of Neanderthal behaviour to the emergence of the first agricultural societies and husbandry practices (Neolithic). This research is carried out using a multidisciplinary approach that integrates data from different disciplines.

The research of this group focuses on the study of biological, social and technological aspects of human evolution during the Lower and Middle Pleistocene. The approach is based on a strong investment in fieldwork, systematic analysis of the remains found to obtain significant empirical data, and original experimentation as part of contrasting scientific processes.