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Ear evolution in fossil mammals

This webinar took place on December 03rd 2020

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The inner ear is a highly complex organ that evolved over aeons. Hearing is just one of the functions aside of providing balance. Even juveniles obtain a fully developed ear region often even before birth. Luckily, the ear region can be used to obtain insights into taxonomy/phylogeny as it is often preserved in lithified records. Thus, it is a perfect remnant to study fossils and extant mammals including humans and their ancestors like Neandertals to gain more understanding on their evolution. In this webinar Dr. Stoessel from the Max-Plank-Institute for human history, Jena, Germany will present the use of micro- and nano-CT to make distinctions between wolves, dogs and fossil canids. Furthermore, micro- and nano-CT derived results allow differentiation of modern humans from Neandertals as well as insights about Neandertal´s hearing and vocal communication.

  • The use of MicroCT and NanoCT in fossil ear region examination
  • Differentiation of Neandertals from modern humans
  • Separation of wolves from dogs

Who might be interested?

You are interested in the evolution of humankind from “Lucy” via Neandertals towards modern humans or dogs, wolves and fossil canids and like to learn more about the use of micro- and nano-CT to gain insights into it? You like to learn more about the ear and its functions? You are more than welcome to join our exciting webinar!


Dr. Jens Waldeck
Dr. Jens Waldeck
Bruker BioSpin MRI GmbH
Dr. Jens Waldeck is working for Bruker BioSpin MRI GmbH as EIMEA Application and Sales Manager in the field of PreClinical Imaging (PCI) As Application Manger in the field of the in vivo optical and PET/SPECT/CT imaging he supports and coordinats trainings, workshops, seminars and research projects. Before joining Bruker he was holding a Senior Application Manager position at Carestream Molecular Imaging/Carestream Health to give support to the European and global market for both in vivo and in vitro optical and nuclear (preclinical) imaging products.
Kjell Laperre, PhD
Kjell Laperre, PhD
Micro-CT Market Product & Applications Manager in the Bruker Biospin Pre-Clinical Imaging Division
Bsc in Medical science, Msc in Medical science, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) PhD in Experimental Medicine and Endocrinology, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) Application Scientist with Bruker microCT since 2012
Dr. Alexander Stößel
Dr. Alexander Stößel
Max-Planck-Institut für Menschheitsgeschichte - Abteilung für Archäogenetik
Dr. Alexander Stößel received his PhD in Biology from Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2011. After completing his postdoc at the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany), Alexander started working on evolution of the human ear region as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Research, Friedrich Schiller UniversityJena (FSU). Dr. Alexander Stößel is currently the Head of the Digital Anthropology group at the Department of Archaeogenetics (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena (MPI-SHH).