Postdoctoral fellow (assegnista di ricerca)University of Bologna
Forschungsgebiet: Social Sciences and Humanities; Life Sciences
I am an anthropologist and a palaeopathologist. I was trained in Bordeaux, and I have worked in Germany, Italy and the United States. By studying our skeleton, through medical imaging and 3D, I seek to understand how children from past populations grew up, if and how growth has changed with evolution, how the wider environment (the surroundings, the care received, their living and cultural conditions, etc.) influences their growth. I also work to identify the diseases that these children may have suffered, whether they survived them or not, to better understand their living conditions in general.
My project : Biped and Autonomous: Bone microarchitecture of the Youngest, PAthological and Cultural Effects
Be able to walk is a very important step in the life of a baby and its parents. A lot of parameters will make vary the age when a baby can walk and it is perfectly normal. In some cultures, babies are able to walk at 9 months old, in others until 18 months old. The BABY PACE projects, by analyzing the structure of the bone tissues from the arm and leg bones, which will change with the locomotor abilities, will allow understanding how babies develop their abilities to move themselves and walk in the populations from the past. The biology of individuals can inform the cultures of the populations from the past.