Dr. Natalie T. Uomini

Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology & School of Psychology, University of Liverpool
Online Lecturer, Center for Cognitive Archaeology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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Grotte du Portillou, Ariège, France
I research the co-evolution of language and culture. I combine methods from different disciplines to develop new ways to approach the questions of language origins, technological evolution, and the peopling of the Americas. Current projects include fMRI brain scanning of prehistoric stone tool-making and language, producing an IPA for chimpanzees, documenting teaching, and studying animals that use tools. My work combines archaeology, anthropology, cognitive science, developmental & experimental psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, and primatology.
Je mène des recherches sur la coévolution du langage, des langues, et de la culture. A partir de méthodes de disciplines variées, je crée des nouvelles façons d'aborder les questions des origines du langage, de l'évolution technologique, et du peuplement des Amériques. Parmi mes projets actuels sont l'étude par IRM de la fabrication d'outils en pierre préhistoriques et du langage, la création d'un IPA pour les chimpanzés, la documentation de l'enseignement, et l'étude des animaux qui utilisent des outils. Mon travail relie l'archéologie, l'anthropologie, les sciences cognitives, la psychologie développementale et expérimentale, les sciences du langage, la neuroscience, et la primatologie.

To contact me:
My page at the Department of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, University of Liverpool, UK

In the Rift Valley, Kenya, with the Kilombe 2009 excavation. The Tugen Hills are in the background. * Dans la Vallée du Rift, Kenya, avec la fouille Kilombe 2009. Les montagnes Tugen sont dans l'arrière-plan. Photo Ginette Warr

The Liver Bird (pronounced lyver) that you see in your browser tab is Liverpool's city logo. It dates from 1350 and might even go back as far as 1207 with King John's eagle, although it's now a cormorant. The wikipedia article says the name might come from laver, a type of seaweed that the bird holds in its mouth. Here is a nice page with historical pictures. My Liverpool photos on Flickr are here.