Current position

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies (GAES), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).
  • Honorary research fellow at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies (GAES), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).
  • Extraordinary lecturer at the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Postdoctoral activities

  • Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Anatomy of the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Education and training

  • Ph.D. at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Moléculaire et Imagerie de Synthèse, UMR 5288 CNRS of the University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier (France) with a dissertation entitled: Characterization of Inner Craniodental Structures in Cercopithecoids and Diachronic Study of their Morphological Variation in the Plio-Pleistocene South African Sequence.
  • Erasmus Mundus Master degree in Quaternary and Prehistory-Paleoanthropology at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle of Paris (France) and the University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain) with a master thesis entitled: The Influence of Locomotion on Trabecular Bone Organization. The Example of the Catarrhine Tibial Plateau.
  • Bachelor degree in Earth Sciences and Environment obtained at the University of Poitiers (France).


  • Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren).
Collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium).
  • University of California (Berkeley).
  • New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (New York).
  • Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle of Paris.
South Africa
  • Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (Pretoria).
  • University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).
  • University of Pretoria (Pretoria).

Selected publications

  • Beaudet A., Du A. & Wood B. (2019) Evolution of the modern human brain. In: Hofman M.A. (Ed.) Evolution of the human brain: from matter to mind. Progress in Brain Research (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2019) The endocast of StW 573 (“Little Foot”) and hominin brain evolution. Journal of Human Evolution 126: 112-123 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2019) The bony labyrinth of StW 573 (“Little Foot”): implications for hominin evolution and paleobiology. Journal of Human Evolution 127: 67-80 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2018) Hominin cranial fragments from Milner Hall, Sterkfontein, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 114: 1-6 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2018) Cranial vault thickness variation and inner structural organization in the StW 578 hominin cranium from Jacovec Cavern, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 121: 204-220 (link).
  • Beaudet A. & Gilissen E. (2018) Fossil primate endocasts: perspectives from advanced imaging techniques. In: Bruner E., Ogihara N. & Tanabe H. (Eds.) Digital Endocasts: from skulls to brains. Springer, Nagoya, 47-58 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2018) The endocranial shape of Australopithecus africanus: surface analysis of the endocasts of Sts 5 and Sts 60. Journal of Anatomy 232: 296-303 (link).
  • Beaudet A. (2017) The emergence of language in the hominin lineage: perspectives from fossil endocasts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11: 427 (link).
  • Beaudet A. & Bruner E. (2017) A frontal lobe surface analysis in three archaic African human fossils: OH 9, Buia, and Bodo. Comptes Rendus Palevol 16: 499-507 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2016) Morphoarchitectural variation in South African fossil cercopithecoid endocasts. Journal of Human Evolution 101: 65-78 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2016) Upper third molar internal structural organization and semicircular canal morphology in Plio-Pleistocene South African cercopithecoids. Journal of Human Evolution 95: 104-120 (link).
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2016) Neutron microtomography-based virtual extraction and analysis of a cercopithecoid partial cranium (STS 1039) embedded in a breccia fragment from Sterkfontein Member 4 (South Africa). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159: 737-745 (link).
  • Fourvel J.B., Brink J., Beaudet A. et al. (2016) Some preliminary interpretations of the oldest faunal assemblage from Kromdraai B. In: Braga J. & Thackeray F.J. (Eds.) Kromdraai: a Birthplace of Paranthropus in the Cradle of Humankind, chapter 5. Sun MeDIA MeTRO, Johannesburg, pp. 71-104.
  • Dumoncel J., Subsol G., Durrleman S., Jessel J.-P., Beaudet A. et al. (2016) How to build an average model when samples are variably incomplete? Application to fossil data. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops. IEEE, Las Vegas, pp. 541-548.
  • Beaudet A. et al. (2015) A new cercopithecoid dentognathic specimen attributed to Theropithecus from the late Early Pleistocene (c. 1 Ma) deposits of Simbiro, at Melka Kunture, Ethiopian highlands. Comptes Rendus Palevol 14: 657-669 (link).


Exploration in the “Cradle of Humankind” (South Africa).
South Africa
  • Explorations and excavations in the “Cradle of Humankind” in the frame of the Kromdraai Research Project (2013 and 2016).
  • Excavations of the Middle Paleolithic site of Abri du Maras, Ardèche (2011).

Organisation of scientific events

  • Co-organiser of the seminar 3.5 million years of human evolution at Sterkfontein (Johannesburg, 24/8/2017).
  • Member of the executive committee of the international symposium The African Fossil Human Record (link) (Toulouse, 26-27/9/2014). 

Research grants

  • Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (2017, 2018, 2019).
  • Claude Leon Foundation (2017, 2018).
  • National Research Foundation of South Africa (2017, 2018).
  • Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud (2017).
  • European program Erasmus Mundus AESOP+ (2016).

Memberships, editorial activities

  • Associate editor (since 2019): Journal of Human Evolution.
  • Member of (since 2016): American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Anatomical Society of Southern Africa, European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Paleoanthropology Society, Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, scientific network Tomo 3D (link).
  • Reviewer of scientific articles (since 2015): Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, American Journal of Primatology, Journal of Human Evolution, Journal of Neurolinguistics, PLoS ONE.
  • Reviewer of grant proposals (since 2016): Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, Leakey Foundation, National Research Foundation of South Africa.