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Head of Department: Pablo Peláez Campomanes




The main objective of Palaeobiology consists of deciphering the history of life on our planet by means the description of different species found in the fossil record, the determination of their kinship and evolutionary patterns in their living and fossil contexts. This provides valuable information to analyse climatic and ecological changes that occurred in earlier geological periods. Research conducted at the Department of Palaeobiology is focused on the study of fossils, with several research groups devoted to mammals from the Cenozoic, and special attention given to human palaeobiology, as well as amphibians, sauropsids and the origin of plants, together with taphonomic studies.


Understanding the complexity of Earth, which is constantly changing, is only possible through the investigation of the natural processes that operate at different spatial and time scales. The main objective of Researchers of the Department of Palaeobiology is to reach such understanding, through the integration of the information obtained by multiple disciplines and techniques, the causes and processes involved in the fluctuations of the palaeobiodiversity, its ecological structure, and the generation of evolutionary novelties in a changing palaeoenvironmental framework, with evolution of the palaeo-ecosystems and their determinants (geological processes, climatic and biogeographical). It analyzes the processes related to the evolution of organisms from the past and involved in the morphological variability, geographical distribution, taphonomy, relative abundance, ecological structure of the associations, migratory movements and its extinction at different scales.


Research Lines


  • Palaeobiodiversity and phylogeny of fossil faunas and floras 
  • Biostratigraphy and Palaeogeography of the faunas of fossil vertebrates 
  • Taphonomy, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and climatic interpretation of continental sites. 
  • Human evolution: phylogeny and palaeoenvironment of fossil human populations of the Iberian Peninsula




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