The goals of this group are focused on establishing the paleoecological context of human dispersals in the Pleistocene of the Mediterranean from the paleoclimatic, paleobiological and behavioural aspects. All three issues, climate evolution, faunal dispersals and techno-cultural evolution have acted as relevant drivers in the different episodes of human dispersal from the Pliocene to middle Pleistocene.
The scientific activity of the group is focused on the study of ecology, population dynamics and cultural changes that characterize human societies throughout prehistory, from the appearance of Neanderthal behaviour to the emergency of the first agricultural societies and livestock (Neolithic). This study is performed from a multidisciplinary approach, integrating data from different disciplines.
The research of this group aims to study human evolution on its biological, social and technological developments in the Early and Middle Pleistocene. The main areas of research are paleoanthropology, lithic technology, zooarchaeology and taphonomy and the early human cognition. Its approach is based on a strong investment in fieldwork with a systematic analysis of founded remains to work on reliable empirical data and original experimentation as a part of testable procedures.