'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.

 

Research interest:

Primate locomotion

Hominoid evolution

Primate forelimb musculoskeletal adaptations to locomotion

Miocene apes and hominin locomotor behavior reconstruction

External and internal morphology of primate forelimb bones

 

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ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Julia_Arias-Martorell

Academia profile: https://icp-cat.academia.edu/JuliaAriasMartorell

Predoctoral researcher. Neogen and Quaternary Fauna 

(Foligno, Italy, 1991)

He had his bachelor in Geology (University of Perugia UNIPG, Italy, 2014) with the thesis “Description and tomographic analysis of a mandible of Sus strozzii from the Pleistocene site of Pantalla di Todi (Italy)” and his master in Petroleum Geology with the thesis “Description of Bison remains from the Pleistocene site of Vallparadís (Spain) and comparison with the bovid sample from Ellera di Corciano (Italy)” (University of Perugia UNIPG, Italy, 2016). He is specialized in the study of large herbivore mammals of Early Pleistocene in the Mediterranean area. His works are focused on the origins of the extant ungulate taxa during the Villafranchian and on the faunal turnover that characterized the European continent during the Epivillafranchian. He participated to various excavation campaigns in Italy, France and Spain since 2010.

Presently he is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Neogene and Quaternary fauna department of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) under the supervision of Prof. Salvador Moyà-Solà (ICP), Dr. Joan Madurell-Malapeira (ICP) and Dr. Marco Cherin (UNIPG). His thesis centers on the study of the ungulate communities that characterized the large mammal guilds of Mediterranean Europe (in particular Iberian and Italian peninsulas) during the Early Pleistocene with a focus on the taxonomy, paleobiology ad dispersal events.

His project is funded by the FI grant from the Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d'Universitats i Recerca (Generalitat de Catalunya), co-founded by the Fons Social Europeu (FSE).

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ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leonardo_Sorbelli

 

 

 

Predoctoral researcher. Neogen and Quaternary Fauna 

(Foligno, Italy, 1991)

He had his bachelor in Geology (University of Perugia UNIPG, Italy, 2014) with the thesis “Description and tomographic analysis of a mandible of Sus strozzii from the Pleistocene site of Pantalla di Todi (Italy)” and his master in Petroleum Geology with the thesis “Description of Bison remains from the Pleistocene site of Vallparadís (Spain) and comparison with the bovid sample from Ellera di Corciano (Italy)” (University of Perugia UNIPG, Italy, 2016). He is specialized in the study of large herbivore mammals of Early Pleistocene in the Mediterranean area. His works are focused on the origins of the extant ungulate taxa during the Villafranchian and on the faunal turnover that characterized the European continent during the Epivillafranchian. He participated to various excavation campaigns in Italy, France and Spain since 2010.

Presently he is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Neogene and Quaternary fauna department of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) under the supervision of Prof. Salvador Moyà-Solà (ICP), Dr. Joan Madurell-Malapeira (ICP) and Dr. Marco Cherin (UNIPG). His thesis centers on the study of the ungulate communities that characterized the large mammal guilds of Mediterranean Europe (in particular Iberian and Italian peninsulas) during the Early Pleistocene with a focus on the taxonomy, paleobiology ad dispersal events.

His project is funded by the FI grant from the Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d'Universitats i Recerca (Generalitat de Catalunya), co-founded by the Fons Social Europeu (FSE).

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ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leonardo_Sorbelli

 

 

 

Predoctoral researcher. Paleoprimatology and Human paleontology 

(Perpignan, 1995)

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).

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ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian_Bouchet

 

 

PhD. Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology

Cap del grup de recerca en Paleoprimatologia i Paleontologia hkumana

 

(Palma de Mallorca, 1955)
 
Professor de recerca ICREA i professor associat a l’Unitat d’Antropologia Biològica de l’UAB.
 
Durant l’etapa de formació ha realitzat estades en alguns centres de recerca europeus com el Departament de Paleontologia del Naturhistorishes Museum de Basilea; el Departament de Antropologia de l’Anthropologisches Institut de la Universitat de Zurich; el Laboratori de Paleontologia de Vertebrats, del Musée National de Histoire Naturelle de París i el Departament de Paleontologia del British Museum (Natural History) de Londres, entre altres.
 
En el camp de la Paleontologia de Vertebrats la seva trajectòria científica ha anat lligada de manera fonamental a la recerca en dos àrees: l’evolució de mamífers en condicions d’insularitat i l’evolució dels antropomorfs, hominids i altres mamífers del Neogen d’Eurasia i en particular de Catalunya.
 
Els resultats d’aquesta recerca han estat publicats a les més prestigioses revistes científiques del mon com Science, Nature, Tree, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA, Brain Behaviour and Evolution, Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthopology i Paleobiology entre altres.
 
Ha publicat més de 250 publicacions entre articles científics i llibres; ha participat en més de 30 projectes de recerca i congressos i ha dirigit nombroses excavacions paleontològiques entre les que destaquen les del jaciment de Can Llobateres (Sabadell) i de Can Vila 1 (Els Hostalets de Pierola). Ha rebut diversos premis per les seves tasques de recerca, entre ells el segon premi Ciutat de Barcelona de Recerca l’any 2000.
 
És membre del projecte internacional de recerca anomenat “Researching Hominid Origins Initiative” de la National Science Foundation dels Estats Units de Nord Amèrica (NSF-BCS-0321893) coordinat per T. D. Withe i F. C. Howell de la Universitat de Califòrnia a Berkeley (USA), que es actiu des de 2003 fins al 2008.
 
Dirigeix el projecte SOMHI, finançat per la Generalitat de Catalunya, que té com a finalitat última la recerca dels orígens i evolució dels grans antropomorfs vivents basat en l’extraordinari registre fòssil de Masquefa-Els Hostalets de Pierola (Anoia, Barcelona).
 
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'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.

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