Ignacio Lazagabaster

I completed my doctoral studies in Evolutionary Anthropology at Arizona State University, USA, in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Kaye Reed. My main area of research is on mammalian evolution and paleoecology, including human evolution and its environmental context. My PhD dissertation dealt with the feeding behaviors and evolution of eastern African Plio-Pleistocene suids (pigs) and the implications for our understanding of environmental change in the context of human evolution. Currently, I am a Humboldt post-doctoral scholar in the Museum für Naturkunde, examining the evolution of omnivory and dietary-related traits in mammalian evolution. I am also describing fossil suid material from several Plio-Pleistocene sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Sudan. My approaches incorporate phylogenetic analyses and species distribution modeling to examine the evolution and biogeography of extinct mammals, as well as techniques of paleodietary reconstruction, such as dental microwear and stable isotope analyses.

I have participated in multiple paleontological and archaeological excavations: Las Hoyas, Spain (Cretaceous), Koobi Fora, Kenya (Miocene – Pleistocene), Somosaguas, Spain (Miocene), Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia (Plio-Pleistocene), Lomekwi, Kenya (Plio-Pleistocene), Geelwal-Karoo, South Africa (Pleistocene), the Upper Atbara, Sudan (Pleistocene), Orce, Spain (Pleistocene), Atapuerca, Spain (Pleistocene), Vanguard Cave, Gibraltar (Pleistocene), the Toll-Teixoneres cave complex, Spain (Pleistocene), the Church of Santa María de Besora, Spain (medieval – modern) and at the Spanish Civil War mass grave in Arauzo de Miel, Spain (contemporary). 

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