Paleoanthropology and Biomechanics of the postcranial skeleton

This line of research investigates fossil and modern populations by means of virtual reconstructions using Micro-Computed Tomography (micro-CT) radiography techniques and classic techniques of study. It also studies the phylogenetic and taxonomic relations in Human Evolution based on the study of the skeleton. By studying fossils of the postcranial skeleton, it is possible to create reconstructions of body size (weight and stature). By doing so, the aim is to gain knowledge of the paleobiology and the evolutionary model in terms of the morphology of the body in the different species of the genus Homo.

  • Comparative study of the foot fossils recovered from sites in Atapuerca.
  • Functional and biomechanical morphology of the foot in the genus Homo.
  • Morphological study of the postcranial skeleton of the Neanderthals and humans from the Upper Paleolithic.
  • Reconstructions of body size, weight and stature in Human Evolution.
  • Study of Pleistocene sites with human fossils of the postcranial skeleton.
  • Evolution of the foot bone and those of the postcranial skeleton over the course of the evolution of the genus Homo.
  • Paleonthropological and forensic studies to be applied to fossil populations.
  • Biomechanical inferences based on the postcranial skeleton.
  • Research related to the robustness of the skeleton over the course of the evolution of the genus Homo.
  • Taxonomic proposals based on the bones of the postcranial skeleton.
  • Paleobiological studies based on the bones of the postcranial skeleton.