'Beatriu de Pinós' PhD researcher
Paleoprimatology & Paleoanthropology
I am a paleoanthropologist interested in the evolution of locomotion in apes, including reconstructing locomotor behaviours at ancestral nodes to inform our evolutionary history and the origin of human bipedalism. I focus primarily on the relationship between form and function across the forelimb bones of the extant and fossil primates, implementing analysis of external and internal morphology.
I received my PhD from the University of Barcelona (Spain), working on the functional external morphology of the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint of extant and fossil hominoids, using 3D geometric morphometric analyses. Afterward, I undertook a project working on the internal morphology of the forelimb bones at the University of Kent (UK) as a Marie Curie Fellow (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/703608).
I am currently a 'Beatriu de Pinós' Fellow here at the ICP, where I am further developing the research on the internal structure of forelimb bones of Miocene apes.
Primate forelimb musculoskeletal adaptations to locomotion
Miocene apes and hominin locomotor behavior reconstruction
External and internal morphology of primate forelimb bones
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julia_Arias-Martorell
Academia profile: https://icp-cat.academia.edu/JuliaAriasMartorell
Predoctoral researcher. Paleoprimatology and Human paleontology
Graduated in Biology of the Organisms Populations and Ecosystems (University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France, 2016) and holding a Master’s degree in Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution with a specialization in Integrative Biological Anthropology (University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, France, 2018) he has been involved for two years in projects dealing with the South African cercopithecoid fossil record under the supervision of Dr. Amélie Beaudet. In particular, through the application of 3D-imaging techniques, he explored the endocranial shape asymmetries and their changes within the cercopithecoid lineage and recently studied the inner craniodental morphology of the Papio specimen (U.W. 88-886) from the hominin-bearing site of Malapa, South Africa, for its implications in both papionin evolutionary history and emergence of modern baboons. For this latter project he stayed for three months at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).
Presently he is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology department of the Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP) under the supervision of Prof. Salvador Moyà-Solà and Dr. David Alba. His thesis focuses on the craniodental anatomy of Pliobates cataloniae (Alba et al., 2015) with the aim of refining its taxonomy as well as its phylogenetic position within non-cercopithecoid catarrhines. This taxon has critical implications for the understanding of hominoid evolutionary history.
His project is funded by the FPI grant from the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Gobierno de España) and the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI), co-funded by the Fondo Social Europeo (FSE).
Cap del grup de recerca en Paleoprimatologia i Paleontologia hkumana
'Beatriu de Pinós' postdoctoral researcher
(La Roca del Vallès, 1981)
Bachelor Science degree (Marine Biology) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. February 2004.
Graduate degree in Marine Sciences from Universidad de Cádiz. August 2007.
During 2007 and 2008 she worked as a field paleontologist at the Can Mata rubbish dump (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Anoia), where she began to get attracted to Paleontology.
Master's degree in Paleontology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona. July 2009.
Her doctoral thesis was on the Eocene Primates from the Iberian Peninsula, under the supervision of Dr. Salvador Moyà-Solà.