Mietje Germonpré received a Ph.D. degree in sciences from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) in 1989. Currently, she serves as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Palaeontology at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Her primary areas of interest include the taphonomy, palaeobiology, and archaeozoology of pleistocene large mammals. Her studies are related to the disappearance of Neanderthals and the emergence of anatomically modern humans. Her research has become focused in the last years on material excavated from Belgian Palaeolithic cave sites and from Palaeolithic open-air sites in Europe and Siberia. Further, she has a special interest in the palaeobiology of fossil carnivores and the several roles (practical/ritual/symbolic uses) these animals played in the life of Palaeolithic people. Lately, she has studied the domestication of the wolf during the Upper Palaeolithic in Europe and the domestic dog throughout prehistory in Europe and Siberia. She has published more than 70 papers and her publications include articles in the journals: Arctic Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Quaternary International and Science.
Biography Updated on 4 October 2012