Rodríguez Hidalgo, Antonio
I was born in Mérida (Spain), the ancient capital of the Roman province known as Lusitania. This fortuitous event marked my childhood which was surrounded by historical and archaeological heritage. At eight years of age, I noticed a fabulous book; "The new story of Adam and Eve". In that book the evolutionary process was explained, and amazing pictures of hominid fossils, evocative African landscapes and intrepid explorers appeared. That captivated me forever and I decided to devote myself to the studies of human evolution. Thirty years later I am Palaeolithic archaeologist interested in taphonomy, zooarchaeology, forensic anthropology and cannibalism. My research focuses on the human behaviour in the past, with special interest on the evolution of the strategies, tactics and techniques developed for the subsistence inferred from the faunal record. I work mainly in The Magic Mountain (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain) and in The Cradle of Humanity (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania), but I also work in in East Morocco and other interesting sites in Iberia as Maltravieso Cave, Santa Ana Cave, Foradada and La Malia.
I got my PhD from the Rovira i Virgili University, working on bones from Gran Dolina (Atapuerca). I also made sort-stays to learn a thousand things at the AMNH in New York. Later I won 2 awards for my thesis, one of them from my own university and the other from the University of Tübingen (Germany). I got my first post-doc at the Complutense University of Madrid and now I am waiting for a second post-doc there, in the department of Prehistory which was founded by Hugo Obermaier in 1922. Currently, I am Associate Researcher at the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA) and at IPHES.
As archaeologist, I have worked in all chronologies, from 2 million years (Dmanisi, Frida Leakey korongo-FLK) to the mass graves of the Spanish Civil War. I have worked in several archaeological consultancy firms, covering large infrastructure works and I have also worked as a consultant for the Spanish Government. However, my passion is research on human evolution and try to disseminate my results through the networks.
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