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ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (University Rovira Virgili, Tarragona, Spain). From his initial field of expertise, the vertebrate micropaleontology, his research activity has focused on two main topics: i) improvement of the chronologic resolution in long continental records and ii) recognition and analysis of the most significant bioevents (both dispersal and extinctions) in the terrestrial fossil record of Europe, in relation with the late Neogene-Quaternary climate and environmental evolution. Chairman of several national and international projects, he has also conducted field-campaigns in northern Africa and Caucasus (Georgia). In this last country takes part of the international team that excavates the site of Dmanisi, where the oldest human remains from Eurasia have been found.
He is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals. He has also written 12 books, including La evolución y sus metáforas (1994, Tusquets eds.), El secret de Darwin (2002, Rubes Ed. Premio de Literatura Científica de la Fundació Catalana per la Recerca), Mammoths, sabertooths, and Hominds (2002, Columbia University Press, Choice´s Annual Outstanding Academic Tittle), Fósiles, genes y teorías (2003, Tusquets eds.), El ajedrez de la vida (2010, Ed. Crítica), La gran migración (2011, Ed. Crítica), El precio de la inteligencia (2012, Ed. Crítica), Los primeros pobladores de Europa (2012, RBA) y Alicia en el País de la Evolución (2013, Ed. Crítica). He has also co-ordinated the edition of several books, including La lógica de las extinciones (1996, Tusquets eds.), El progreso (1998, Tusquets Eds), The Evolution of Neogene Terrestrial Ecosystems in Europe, (1999, Cambridge University Press), Late Miocene to Early Pliocene Environment and Climate Change in the Mediterranean Area (2006, Elsevier) and Neogene Mammalian Successions and Dispersals (2011, Elsevier).