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Skype : australopithecusafricanus / Instagram : jose_braga_kromdraai

Researcher ID A-4025-2010
Orcid ID : 0000-0002-8483-076X


José Braga has graduated in Geology (‘Licence’, Clermont-Ferrand, 1987 – ‘Maitrise’, Bordeaux, 1988), Evolutionary Biology (‘DEA’, Bordeaux, 1989 – PhD, Bordeaux, 1995), Radiation and Medical Imagery (‘DEA’, Toulouse, 1998) with the aims of combining the development of new research tools and intensive field research in Africa for the study of early human evolution. As part of his academic career, he took on several post-doctoral fellowships in the University of Zürich (1996), the National Museums of Ethiopia and Kenya (Addis Ababa and Nairobi, 1996/1997) and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (Johannesburg, 1997). He was first appointed as a permanent Associate Professor at the University Bordeaux 1 (1998-2006). He because a full Professor in 2006 at the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse) and has supervised a total of 13 PhD students (since 2004).

Since 2002, he conducts long-standing fieldwork at the world-class UNESCO Plio-Pleistocene site of Kromdraai (South Africa) (26°00’41’’S, 27°44’60’’E) where he discovered new early Paranthropus and early Homo remains that fill important gaps in what is currently available in the fossil record. He was awarded two prestigious Erasmus Mundus Programmes (AESOP/+ from 2014 to 2018, € 4 600 000), which consisted of two multidisciplinary and intersectorial consortia promoting exchange between 14 European and 12 South African universities. He was Training Manager of the European Virtual Anthropology Network (EVAN from 2004 to 2007, € 3 297 000) and Co-Director of a Research Group in the CNRS (GDR 2142) from 2004 to 2007. He was Vice-Chairman of a national academic committee (Conseil National des Universités, Section 20, 2004-2005) and member of a national research committee (Comité National du CNRS, Section 31, 2016-2020).

Selected Invited Seminars

Selected Publications

  • Martin et al. 2020. Calcium isotopic ecology of Turkana Basin hominins. Nature Communications.
  • Tacail et al. 2019. Calcium isotopic patterns of weaning behavior in enamel of South African early hominins. Science Advances 5(8), eaax3250.
  • Braga et al. 2019. Cochlear shape reveals that the human organ of hearing is sex-typed from birth. Scientific Reports 9, 10889.
  • Balter et al. 2012. Evidence for. dietary change but not landscape use in South African early hominins. Nature489, 558-560.
  • Book : Braga et al. 2016. Evolution Humaine. Les nouveaux scénarios. Ville Brûle Eds.