Graduated in Biology at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, Florent Rivals received his PhD in Prehistory from the University of Perpignan (France) in 2002. In 2004, with the support of a grant from the French ministry of Foreign Affairs, he completed a postdoctoral research at the American Museum of Natural History. In 2005, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He was appointed ICREA Junior Researcher (2007 to 2012) at the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES) in Tarragona and since October 2013, he is ICREA Research Professor at the same institution. He participates in several national and international projects, among them the "NEANDERLIFE 2” project funded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. F. Rivals is co-author of about 80 peer-reviewed articles in international journals.