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Juan Luis ARSUAGA

Juan Luis ARSUAGA

Madrid, 1954

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Dr. Arsuaga  is a Paleoanthropologist and Professor of Human Paleontology in Madrid, Visiting Professor at the University College of London and co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca (World Heritage Site), Príncipe de Asturias Prize, Member of the American National Academy of Sciences, Member of the Musée de l’Homme of Paris and vice-president of the Comission of Human Paleontology of the International Union Quaternary Research. He is a regular contributor to Nature, Science, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and editor of the Journal of Human Evolution. He is a regular lecturer at the universities of London, Cambridge, Berkeley, New York, Tel Aviv, Zurich, among others.

He is the author of numerous articles for the most important scientific publications in the world, and of the books El collar del neandertal (Temas de Hoy, 1999), La especie elegida (Temas de Hoy, 1997) –a perennial best-seller– Amalur: del átomo a la mente (Temas de Hoy, 2002), El enigma de la esfinge (Areté/Plaza&Janés, 2001), Los aborígenes (RBA, 2002, Sent Soví Award 2002), El mundo de Atapuerca (Plaza&Janés, 2004),  Al otro lado de la niebla (Suma, 2005), his first novel, La saga humana (Edaf, 2007),  Mi primer libro de la Prehistoria (Espasa. 2008), a book for the young readers, Mr. Darwin´s Clock (Temas de hoy, 2009), a text in which, with the rigor and amenity that caractherizes him, he analyzes On the Origin of the Species on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin´s revolutionary text, and Elemental, queridos humanos (Temas de hoy, 2010), a graphic novel with illustrations by renowned artist Forges.
His most recent book is El primer viaje de nuestra vida (Temas de Hoy, 2012), in which the author looks at evolutionary history in order to find an explanation for why a function as natural as birth should be so difficult for human beings, and lists all the aspects of our nature that make us different. An informative, wonderfully illustrated book full of curiosities, which helps to bring us closer to understanding this fascinating and universal subject.

«Arsuaga’s viewpoint comes as a refreshing and instructive contrast to much of the English-language literature (…) [his works] should be read by anyone interested in their own origins and our extinct relatives.» Dr. Ian Tattersall, Curator in the Dpt. of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, NY


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