Serbia: EUR 1.7 mln grant for study of prehistoric fertility

22 December, 14:26

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, 22 DECEMBER - Belgrade-based scientist Sofija Stefanovic and her team have managed to secure a EUR 1.7 million European Research Council (ERC) grant for a scientific project of research into population growth in prehistoric times.

    It is the first time ever in the history of Serbian science that the ERC has named a scientific project from Serbia as one of the most excellent scientific endeavours in Europe.

    The research, titled BIRTH, will focus on an even better understanding of the Neolithic period between 10,000 BC and 5,000 BC, when the Earth's population grew demographically for the first time ever, Stefanovic - who works at the bioarchaeology laboratory of the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade said .

    In the next five years, the Serbian scientist and her associates will attempt to explain what contributed to fertility rates multiplying several times over in one of the most significant periods of human evolution and produce direct data on the number of childbirths in prehistoric women, which would be a world first in the history of science. (ANSAmed)
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