Jordi Agustí

Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social


PhD in Biological Sciences by the Univ. of Barcelona in 1981, under the supervision of Prof. Miquel Crusafont. Director of the Inst. of Paleontology M. Crusafont from 1985 to 2005. ICREA Research Professor at IPHES since 2005. Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. Narcís Monturiol Medal of the Catalan Government for his scientific merits. Scientific Literature Prize of the Catalan Government for his book "El secret de Darwin" (2001). President of the Regional Committee on Neogene Mediterranean Stratiraphy from 1999 to 2009 and voting member of the Subcomission on Neogene Stratigraphy (IUGS, UNESCO). Chairman of several national and international projects, among them the ESF-Network on "Hominoid Evolution and Climatic change in the Neogene of Europe" (1996-1999). He has also conducted field-campaigns in northern Africa and Caucasus (Georgia). He has written 11 books and edited 13. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers.

Research interests

My main field of interest is the environmental and biogeographic changes in the Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystems in the last 10 milion years. I accomplish this goal throughout the study of the fossils of small mammals. This key time includes a number of critical climatic phases, such as the onset of the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation at 2.6 Ma, the early Pleistocene crisis at 1.8 Ma and the early-middle Pleistocene transition at 0.8 Ma. These crises have modelled the evolution of our own lineage, the hominids, which experienced significant changes following these climatic events. My research has therefore been developed in those areas having extraordinary conditions to follow these changes, either in the Iberian Peninsula (Vallès-Penedès and Guadix-Baza basins) or outside (northern Africa and, most specially, Georgia). Most of these areas are also key ones in order to elucidate the evolution of our lineage during the last 10 Ma, in relation with climatic and environmental changes.

Selected publications

- Agustí J & Rubio X 2017, 'Were Neanderthals responsible for their own extinction?', Quaternary International 431, 232-237

- Furió M & Agustí J 2017. Latest Miocene Insectivores (Eulipotyphla, Mammalia) from Eastern Spain: evidence for enhanced latitudinal differences during the Messinian, Geobios, 50, 123–140

- Piñero P, Agustí J, Oms O, Blain H-A, Laplana C, Ros-Montoya S & Martínez-Navarro B 2017, 'Rodents from Baza-1 (Guadix-Baza Basin, southeast Spain): filling the gap of the early Pliocene succession in the Betics', Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 37, 4, e1338294.

- Piñero P, Agusti J, Oms O, Fierro I, Montoya P, Mansino S, Ruiz-Sanchez F, Alba DM, Alberdi MT, Blain H-A, Laplana C, Van der Made J, Mazo AV, Morales J, Murelaga X, Perez-Garcia A, Perez-Valera F, Perez-Valera JA, Sevilla P, Soria JM, Romero G 2017, 'Early Pliocene continental vertebrate Fauna at Puerto de la Cadena (SE Spain) and its bearing on the marine-continental correlation of the Late Neogene of Eastern Betics', Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 479, 102 - 114.

- González-Guarda E, Domingo L, Tornero C, Pino M, Hernández Fernández M, Sevilla P, Villavicencio N  & Agustí J 2017, Late Pleistocene ecological, environmental and climatic reconstruction based on megafauna stable isotopes from northwestern Chilean Patagonia, Quaternary Science Reviews 170, 188-202.

- Ros-Montoya S, Martínez-Navarro B, Espigares MP, Guerra-Merchán A, García-Aguilar JM, Piñero P, Rodríguez-Rueda A, Agustí J, Oms O & Palmqvist P  2017, A new Ruscinian site in Europe: Baza-1 (Baza basin, Andalusia, Spain). C. R. Palevol 16, 746–761.

- Maldonado-Garrido E, Piñero P & Agustí J 2017, A catalogue of the vertebrate fossil record from the Guadix-Baza Basin (SE Spain), Spanish Journal of Paleontology, 32 (1), 207-236.

Selected research activities

2 PhD thesis defended, 5 contributions to international congresses, field-work in Morocco and Georgia