Hélène Rougier

Dr. Hélène Rougier
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-3328
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  • Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Bordeaux 1 University (2003)
  • M.A. in Biological Anthropology from Bordeaux 1 University (1999)
  • B.A. in Natural Sciences from Bordeaux 1 University (1997)

Courses Taught

  • Anth 151 'Physical Anthropology'
  • Anth 341 'Bones: An Introduction to the Study of Human Remains'
  • Anth 445/L 'Human Osteology and Lab'
  • Anth 453 'Human Paleontology'
  • Anth 490B 'Seminar in Biological Anthropology'

Selected Publications and Presentations

Articles & Book Chapters:

Balzeau A. & Rougier H., 2010. Is the suprainiac fossa a Neandertal autapomorphy? A complementary external and internal investigation. Journal of Human Evolution 58: 1-22.

Rougier H. & Trinkaus E., in press. The Human Cranium from the Peştera cu Oase, Oase 2. In: E. Trinkaus, S. Constantin & J. Zilhão (Eds.), Life and Death at the Peştera cu Oase: A Setting for Modern Human Emergence in Europe. New York, Oxford University Press.

Rougier H., Crevecoeur I. & Wolpoff M. H., 2006. Lower Third Premolar Rotation in the Krapina Dental Sample. Periodicum Biologorum 108: 269-278.

Rougier H., Milota Ş., Rodrigo R., Gherase M., Sarcină L., Moldovan O., Zilhão J., Constantin S., Franciscus R. G., Zollikofer C. P. E., Ponce de León M. & Trinkaus E., 2007. Peştera cu Oase 2 and the Cranial Morphology of Early Modern Europeans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 1165-1170.

Semal P., Rougier H., Crevecoeur I., Jungels C., Flas D., Hauzeur A., Maureille B., Germonpré M., Bocherens H., Pirson S., Cammaert L., De Clerck N., Hambucken A., Higham T., Toussaint M. & van der Plicht J., 2009. New Data on the Late Neandertals: Direct Dating of the Belgian Spy Fossils. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138: 421-428.


Rougier H. & Semal P. (Eds.), in prep. Spy cave. State of 125 years of pluridisciplinary research on the Betche aux Rotches from Spy (Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, Province of Namur, Belgium). Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences & NESPOS Society.

Research and Interests

Dr. Hélène Rougier comes to CSUN from Bordeaux, France, where she earned her BA, MA and Ph.D. from Bordeaux 1 University in Biological Anthropology. A paleoanthropologist, she specializes in the study of Neandertals during the Middle and Late Pleistocene periods, focusing on the forms and variations of this early human species, their relationship with modern humans, and the reasons for their disappearance. She has taken part to field excavations in Le Piage, France, Peştera cu Oase, Romania, and Dia Shoma, Mali. The author of over thirty articles and book chapters, Dr. Rougier is an internationally-known expert in her field, and her research projects offer students exciting opportunities to contribute to our knowledge of early humans. Dr. Rougier regularly teaches ANTH 151, 'Physical Anthropology', and has developed courses on identifying and dealing with human remains, ANTH 341 'Bones' and ANTH 445/L 'Human Osteology and Lab'.

5 keywords that describe your topical areas of specialization:

Biological Anthropology, Paleoanthropology, Neandertals, Early modern humans, Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition

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Current Projects:

PI for the project 'Reassessment of the Paleoanthropological Collections from the "Troisième caverne" of Goyet (Gesves, Belgium)' (Wenner-Gren Foundation Gr. 7837, 2008-2010).

Member of the research and field team leading excavations at Le Piage, a Middle and Upper Paleolithic site in SW France. Excavations directed by J.-G. Bordes (Bordeaux University, PACEA - UMR 5199, France) and F. Le Brun-Ricalens (National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg).