Rangel de Lázaro, Gizéh

Affiliated Researcher



I am an anthropologist and archaeologist interested both in research and teaching. I am interested in the use of cutting-edge 3D imaging techniques such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Surface scanner, and Photogrammetry, for the reconstruction, and analysis of biological and paleontological specimens.

While doing my bachelor degree, I began to work as a curator and cultural heritage researcher at the Provincial Cultural Heritage Center in Havana. During these years, I also joined the archaeological excavations developed in the Old City of Havana, inscribed in the World Heritage list.

In 2012 I received the Erasmus Mundus grant for the completion of the International Master in Quaternary and Prehistory at the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) and the Musée National de Histoire Naturelle (France). In 2014 I received a pre-doctoral Erasmus Mundus grant to continue my professional development as a researcher.

During my Master and PhD. I had the opportunity to undergo research stays at recognized institutions such as the Institut Catala de Paleocologia Humana i Evolucio Social (Tarragona, Spain), Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (Burgos, Spain), Musée de l’Homme (Paris, France), and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany). I also participated in archaeological excavations in recognized European sites such as Atapuerca.

In 2018 I obtained the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Quaternary and Prehistory at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle- Sorbonne Université (France) and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain). During my PhD, I developed an innovative method for the 3D reconstruction and morphometric analysis of cranial vessels in modern humans, hominin fossils, and apes using CT scans.

I have presented my research results in major international conferences. I have published these results as first or second author in indexed and Quartile 1 journals. I have also published two peer-reviewed book chapters in Springer. The article published in the Journal of Anatomy received the Best Paper Prize in 2014.