Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) 🇪🇸

The CENIEH is a research centre belonging to the national network of Unique Scientific & Technical Infrastructures (ICTS), unique in Spain in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities, distinguished by its content and performance, committed to providing tools for use by the scientific, technological and industrial community. It is open to scientific and technological use by the international scientific and technological community. Its research activities are mainly on human evolution during the Late Neogene and Quaternary and include collaborative projects at excavations and deposits of these periods worldwide. Special attention is given to reaching society by awareness raising and knowledge transfer. In addition, the CENIEH is responsible for the conservation, restoration, management and the recording of archaeological and paleontological collections, in particular from Atapuerca.

María Martinón-Torres is the Director of the National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) in Burgos (Spain) and Honorary Reader at the Anthropology Department of University College of London. Member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1998 and Research Leader of the Dental Anthropology Group from 2007 to 2015 at CENIEH, she has research interests in hominin palaeobiology, palaeopathology and the evolutionary scenario of the first Europeans. She has led and participated in several international projects related to the study of the hominin dental evidence worldwide like in Dmanisi (Georgia) and China, and published more than 60 book chapters and scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals included in the Science Citation Index such as Nature, Science, PNAS or Journal of Human Evolution. Her work has been highlighted as Top 1% of most cited authors in the field of Social Sciences according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators. She has supervised several theses (9PhD, 9 Master, 9 BsC).