Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro

Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro

Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social


Degree in Geology (1987) and PhD in Paleontology (1991). I work on Quaternary mammals, and participate at different Plio-Pleistocene projects around the World, been the co-leader of the Baza and Incarcal projects in Spain, the Oued Sarrat project in Tunisia, and the Engel Ela-Ramud project in Eritrea. I also participate in the study of the sites of Buia in Eritrea, Melka Wakena in Ethiopia, and Dmanisi in Georgia, and have worked in the past studying the sites of the Atbara River in Sudan, `Ubeidiya, Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, and Bizat Ruhama in Israel, Argentario and Pirro Nord in Italy, and Vallonnet in France.

Research interests

I am a paleontologist working on Quaternary mammals from Europe, Asia and Africa. My main interest is to describe the ecological scenario where our ancestors, the earlier members of the genus Homo, evolving and dispersing from Africa, were able to colonize the middle latitudes of Eurasia, and survive in seasonal climates during the Pleistocene times. I have developed an intense research travelling around the world to study the African origin mammals dispersing into Eurasia, and the Eurasian origin mammals dispersing into Africa, in order to describe their systematics, phylogeny, biochronology, paleobiogeography, autoecology, and their potential ecological relationships among them and with hominins. I work on fossil hyenas, sabertoothed tigers, hunting dogs, bears, elephants and mastodonts, hippos, pigs, buffaloes, antelopes, deers, giraffes, camels, monkeys and other groups.

Selected publications

– Bartolini Lucenti S, Bukhsianidze M, Martinez-Navarro B & Lordkipanidze D 2020, ‘The Wolf From Dmanisi and Augmented Reality: Review, Implications, and Opportunities’, Frontiers In Earth Science, 8, 131.

Selected research activities

During year 2020 I have conducted field research at the Oued Sarrat basin (Tunisia), and at the Engel Ela-Ramud basin (Eritrea).

I have done lab work at the Archaeological Museum of Baza (Baza-Guadix basin, Andalusia, Spain), preparing and studying the fossil collection of the Pliocene site of Baza 1, and at the Archaeological and Paleontological Lab of the Eritrean Comission of Culture and Sports (Asmara, Eritrea), preparing and studying the Early Pleistocene fossil collections from Engel Ela.

I have taught “Paleontology of Quaternary mammals” in the Erasmus Mundus Master on the Quaternary and Prehistory, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, and directed the PhD of Lamjed Amri, presented at the Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, University of Carthage (Tunisia).

Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro 2020. El sapiens asesino y el ocaso de los neandertales. Editorial Almuzara. 240 pag. ISBN: 978-84-17954-54-3