Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna

Djerassiplatz 1
1030 Vienna

Phone: 0043-1-4277-54701
Fax: 0043-1-4277-9547

Gerhard W. Weber, Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Short Curriculum Vitae

I am the head of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, the Vienna µCT Lab, and the research network 'HEAS'. My main interest is to get as much information as possible about functional morphology from fossils and osteological material. I think that we have to cross borders to be successful.

Current Positions

2021-2023 Head of Research Network "Human Evolution & Archaeological Sciences HEAS"
2019-present Full Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna
2019-present Head of Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna
2010-present Head of the Core Facility "Vienna Micro-CT Lab" at Univ. Vienna.
2001-present Team leader of the workgroup "Virtual Anthropology" at Univ. Vienna.

Other Functions and Memberships

2017-present Board officer (treasurer) of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)
2013-2017 Board and founding member of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)
2010-2018 Board member of the "NESPOS Society" ( )
2009-present Chairman of the "EVAN-Society" ( )
2008-2012 Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, Univ. Vienna.
2006-2009 Initiator and Coordinator of the 'European Virtual Anthropology Network - EVAN' EU FP6 Marie Curie Actions
2005-2006 Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna
2002-present Chief editor of the "digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids" (Int.Reg.No. VLB 5162563)
1992-1999 Member of the Tyrolean Iceman Research Consortium

Current Research Interests

My research activities centre on the evolution, growth and development of humans, their ancestors, and their closest relatives. Main focus is the quantitative analysis and comparison of hominoid skulls and teeth using geometric and biomechanical properties. Many of my projects deal with the beginning of modern humans and Neanderthals.

At the Department of Anthropology I lead the work group "Virtual Anthropology" (multidisciplinary extension of anthropology into the digital world). Current projects deal with the description and classification of middle to late Pleistocene hominin material, the reconstruction of fossils, the quantitative analysis of postcanine hominin teeth, the application of Virtual Anthropology to other areas such as archaeology and orthodontics. In addition, I am the head of the "Vienna Micro-CT Lab" at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna. The lab runs an advanced micro-CT device that can handle objects up to the size of skulls and femurs and penetrate dense objects such as fossils.

Recently, my colleagues and I were successful in establishing a new research network at University of Vienna with the goal to study human biological and cultural evolution together in an interdisciplinary network (HEAS).

See my publications at Publons:

Download Selected Publications

1. A Middle Pleistocene Homo from Nesher Ramla, Israel (2021) Science 372, 1424-1428
2. Before the massive modern human dispersal into Eurasia A 55,000-year-old cranium from Manot, Israel (2020) Quaternary Int
3. The earliest modern humans out of Africa. (2018) Science 359 456-459
4. The Qesem Cave hominin material - A morphometric analysis. (2016) Quaternary Int 398, 159-174
5. Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans. (2015). Nature 520 216-219
6. Virtual Anthropology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology (2015) 156 22-42
7. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. (2011) Nature 479, 525-528
8. Virtual anthropology meets biomechanics. (2011) J Biomech 44, 1429-1432
9. Virtual Anthropology - A guide to a new interdisciplinary field (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 2010
10. Glasnost for Paleoanthropology (2001) AnatRec 265 193-201
11. Body height depends on month of birth (1998) Nature 391 754-755


Virtual Anthropology - Introduction into digital 3D-methods, lecture (2 ECTS)
Evolution, lecture (1.5 ECTS)
Applied Statistics for Anthropologists, lecture & lab (9 ECTS)
Virtual Anthropology - 3D Applications and Software, lab (2 ECTS)
Micro-CT and the handling of volume data, lab (2 ECTS)
Hominid Evolution, seminar (2 ECTS)


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