Rodríguez Hidalgo, Antonio


Phone: (+34) 607 981 850


Sponsor: Excelencia María de Maeztu (CEX2019-000945-M) - Agencia Estatal de Investigación

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 read a fabulous book, "The new story of Adam and Eve". The book explained the evolutionary process with amazing pictures of hominid fossils, evocative African landscapes and intrepid explorers. That captivated me forever, and I decided to devote myself to the studies of human evolution. Thirty years later, I am a Palaeolithic archaeologist interested in taphonomy, zooarchaeology, forensic anthropology and cannibalism. My research focuses on human behaviour in the past, with special interest in the evolution of the strategies, tactics and techniques developed for the subsistence. Human animal interactions and formation processes of faunal accumulations are my focus. I work mainly in The Magic Mountain (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain). Still, I also work in East Morocco (Ain Bni Mathar-Guefait Basin), The Cradle of Humanity (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania), and other interesting sites in Iberia as Maltravieso Cave, Santa Ana Cave, Abric Romaní, Cova Foradada, and La Malia rock shelter.

I obtained a Ph.D. in 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 from my university and the other from the University of Tübingen (Germany). I was Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid (2017-2021), in the Department of Prehistory which Hugo Obermaier founded in 1922. Currently, I am an Associate Researcher at Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA) and postdoctoral fellow researcher at IPHES, under Maria de Maeztu's excellency program.

As an archaeologist, I have worked in all chronologies, from 2 million years (Dmanisi, FLK_North, AGS site) 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 trying to disseminate my results to the public. You can follow my updates in @WhiteRabbit36


  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. Taphonomic criteria for identifying Iberian lynx dens in quaternary deposits. Nature: Sci. Reports 10, 7225 (2020).

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2019. The Châtelperronian Neandertals of Cova Foradada (Calafell, Spain) used imperial eagle phalanges for symbolic purposes. Science Advances. Vol. 5, no. 11, eaax1984 DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aax1984

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2017. Human predatory behavior and the social implications of communal hunting based on evidence from the TD10.2 bison bone bed at Gran Dolina (Atapuerca, Spain). Journal of Human Evolution. Academic Press Inc. 105, pp.89-122.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2016. Subsistence dynamics during the Lower Paleolithic in Gran Dolina cave (Atapuerca, Spain). Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte (MGFU). 25, pp.11-47.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et 2016. Bird-bone modifications by Iberian lynx: A taphonomic analysis of non-ingested red-legged partridge remains. Quaternary International. Elsevier. 241-9, pp.228-238.

  • Saladié, P. & Rodríguez Hidalgo, A. 2016. Archaeological Evidence for Cannibalism in Prehistoric Western Europe: from Homo antecessor to the Bronze Age. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. Springer. 10.1007/s10816-016-9, pp.1-38. ISSN 1072-5369.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2016. Season of bison mortality in TD10.2 bone bed at Gran Dolina site (Atapuerca): Integrating tooth eruption, wear, and microwear methods. Journal of Archaeological Science: Report. Elsevier. 6, pp.780-789.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2015. Hominin subsistence and site function of TD10.1 bone bed level at Gran Dolina site (Atapuerca) during the late Acheulean. Journal of Quaternary Science. John Wiley & Sons. 30-7, pp.679-701. ISSN 1099-1417.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2015. Expansion of the referential framework for the rabbit fossil accumulations generated by Iberian lynx. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology. Elsevier. 418, pp.1-11. ISSN 0031-0182.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; et al. 2013. Feeding behaviour and taphonomic characterization of non-ingested rabbit remains produced by the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus). Journal of Archaeological Science. Elsevier. 4-7, pp.3031-3045. ISSN 0305-4403.

  • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Saladié, P.; Canals, A. 2013. Following the white rabbit: A case of a small game procurement site in the upper Palaeolithic (Sala de las Chimeneas, Maltravieso Cave, Spain). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Wiley. 23-1, pp.34-54. ISSN 1099-1212.

  • Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., Baquedano, E., Organista, E., Cobo-Sánchez, L., Mabulla, A., Maskara, V., Gidna, A., Pizarro-Monzo, M., Aramendi, J., Belén Galán, A., Cifuentes-Alcobendas, G., Vegara-Riquelme, M.,Jiménez-García, B., Abellán, N., Barba, R., Uribelarrea, D., Martín-Perea, D., Diez-Martin, F., Maíllo-Fernández, M., Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A., Courtenay, Ll., Mora, R., Maté-González, M.A.,Gonzalez-Aguilera, D. (2021). Early Pleistocene faunivorous hominins were not kleptoparasitic: relevance for the evolution of human anatomy and socio-ecology. Scientific Reports 11.

  • Madurell-Malapeira, J.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Aouraghe, H.; Haddoumi, H.; Van Der Made, J.; Bartolini-Lucenti, S.; Oujaa, A.; Saladié, P.; Bengamra, S.; Marín, J.; Souhir, M.; Farkouch, M.; Mhamdi, Hicham; Aissa, Al-M.; Werdelin, L.; Chacón, M. G. y Sala-Ramos, R., (2021). First small-sized Dinofelis, evidence from the Plio-Pleistocene of North Africa, Quaternary Science Reviews, 265. 1 August 2021, 107028.

  • Alba, David M.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Aouraghe, Hassan; Van Der Made, Jan; Oujaa, Aïcha; Haddoumi, Hamid; Saladié, Palmira; Aissa, Al Mahdi; Marín, Juan; Farkouch, Mourad; Lorenzo, Carlos; Bengamra, Said; Delson, Eric; Chacón, María Gema y Sala-Ramos, Robert, (2021). New macaque remains from Morocco, Journal of Human Evolution, 153, April 2021, 102951.

  • Saladié, P., Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A., Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., Vallverdú, P., Mosquera, M., Ollé, A., Huguet, R., Cáceres, I., Arsuaga, J.L., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M., Carbonell, E., (2021). Dragged, lagged, or undisturbed: reassessing the autochthony of the hominin-bearing assemblages at Gran Dolina (Atapuerca,Spain). Archaeological and Anthropological Science, 13, 65 (2021).

  • Sala, N.; Pablos, A.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Arriolabengoa, M.; Alcaraz-Castaño, M.; Cubas, M.; Posth, C.; Krause, J.; Nägele, K.; Pantoja-Pérez, A.; Arlegi, M.; Rodríguez-Almagro, M.; Conde-Valverde, M.; Arribas, A.; Cuenca-Bescós, G.; Gómez-Olivencia, A., (2021). Cueva de los Torrejones revisited. New research in a classic site from inland Iberia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 253, 1 February 2021, 106765.

  • Marín, J.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Saladié, P.; Boulbes, N.; Magniez, P.; Testu, A. y Moigne, A.-M., (2020). Taphonomic analysis of horse remains from Mousterian and Aurignacian Units from Bize-Tournal cave (Aude, France), Comptes Rendus - Palevol 19, 189-2015.

  • Marín, J.; Daujeard, C.; Saladié, P.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Vettese, D.; Rivals, F.; Boulbes, N.; Crégut-Bonnoure, E.; Lateur, N.; Gallotti, R.; Arbez, L.; Puaud, S. y Moncel, M. H., (2020). Corrigendum to “Neanderthal faunal exploitation and settlement dynamics at the Abri du Maras, level 5 (South-eastern France)”(Quaternary Science Reviews (2020) 243, (S0277379120304340), (10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106472)), Quaternary Science Reviews 248.

  • Marín, J.; Daujeard, C.; Saladié, P.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Vettese, D.; Rivals, F.; Boulbes, N.; Crégut-Bonnoure, E.; Lateur, N.; Gallotti, R.; Arbez, L.; Puaud, S. y Moncel, M. H., (2020). Neanderthal faunal exploitation and settlement dynamics at the Abri du Maras, level 5 (south-eastern France), Quaternary Science Reviews, 243, 1 September 2020, 106472.

  • Marginedas, F.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Soto, M.; Bello, S. M.; Cáceres, I.; Huguet, R. y Saladié, P., (2020). Making skull cups: Butchering traces on cannibalised human skulls from five European archaeological sites, Journal of Archaeological Science 114.

  • Gómez-Olivencia, A.; Arlegi, M.; Arceredillo, D.; Delson, E.; Sanchis, A.; Núñez-Lahuerta, C.; Fernández-García, M.; De Alvarado, M. V.; Galán, J.; Pablos, A.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; López-Horgue, M. A.; Rodríguez-Almagro, M.; Martínez-Pillado, V.; Rios-Garaizar, J. y Van Der Made, J., (2020). The Koskobilo (Olazti, Navarre, Northern Iberian Peninsula) paleontological collection: New insights for the Middle and Late Pleistocene in Western Pyrenees, Quaternary International, 566–567, 20 November 2020, Pages 113-140.

  • García-Sagastibelza, A.; Arribas, J. L.; López-Onaindia, D.; Pomeroy, E.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Castex, D.; Couture-Veschambre, C. y Gómez-Olivencia, A., (2020). The human remains from the Lumentxa cave (Lekeitio, Biscay, Northern Iberian Peninsula): Paleobiology, Taphonomy and Chronology, Quaternary International, 566–567, 20 November 2020, Pages 191-210

  • De Lombera-Hermida, A.; Rodríguez-Álvarez, X. P.; Mosquera, M.; Ollé, A.; García-Medrano, P.; Pedergnana, A.; Terradillos-Bernal, M.; López-Ortega, E.; Bargalló, A.; Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A.; Saladié, P.; Bermúdez De Castro, J. M. y Carbonell, E., (2020). The dawn of the Middle Paleolithic in Atapuerca: the lithic assemblage of TD10.1 from Gran Dolina, Journal of Human Evolution 145.