Jordi Agustí

Jordi Agustí

Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social


PhD in Biological Sciences by the Univ. of Barcelona in 1981. 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 (2001). President of the Regional Committee on Neogene Mediterranean Stratigraphy from 1999 to 2009 and voting member of the Subcomission on Neogene Stratigraphy (IUGS, UNESCO). He is author or co-author of 134 papers published in indexed journals (WOS), among them Nature (4), Science (1) and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (3), as well as 162 papers in non-indexed Spanish and international journals. He is author or co-author of 52 book chapters. He has edited 14  monographs and written 14 books. He has directed 13 PhD thesis and 9 Master thesis. H-Index:36

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

– Krijgsman W, Tesakov A, Yanina T, Lazarev S, Danukalova G, Van Baak CGC, Agustí J et al. 2019, ‘Quaternary time scales for the Pontocaspian domain: Interbasinal connectivity and faunal evolution’, Earth-Science Reviews, 188, 1-40.

Agustí J & Lordkipanidze D 2019, ‘An alternative scenario for the first human dispersal our of Africa’, L´anthropologie, 123, 682-687.

– Cappellini E et al. 2019, ‘Early Pleistocene enamel proteome sequences from Dmanisi resolve Stephanorhinus phylogeny’, Nature, 574, 103-107.

– Piñero P & Agustí J 2019, ‘The rodent succession in the Sifón de Librilla section (Fortuna Basin, SE Spain): implications for the Mio-Pliocene boundary in the Mediterranean terrestrial record’, Historical Biology, vol. 31, no. 3, pp 279-321.

– Quintana J & Agustí J 2019, ‘First evidence of faunal succession in terrestrial vertebrates of the Plio-Pleistocene of the Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean’, Comptes rendus Palevol., 18, 3, 317-324.

– Lozano-Fernández I, Blain H-A, Agustí J, Piñero P, Barsky D, Ivorra J & Bourguignon L 2019, ‘New clues about the late Early Pleistocene peopling of western Europe: Small vertebrates from The Bois-de-Riquet archeopaleontological site (Lézignan-La-Cèbe, southern France)’, Quaternary Science Reviews, 219, 187-203.

– Lozano-Fernandez I, Perez-Criado L, Cuenca-Bescos G & Agusti J 2019, ‘Morphometric evolution of Mimomys savini (Rodentia, Mammalia): A new view of its morphological changes’, Quaternary Science Reviews, 224, UNSP, 105965.