Dr. Arsuaga (Madrid, 1954) is a Professor of Paleontology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Director of the Human Evolution and Behavior Institute (UCM-ISCIII). He is a member of the American National Academy of Sciences,¬† Member of the Mus√©e de l‚ÄôHomme of Paris and vice-president of the Comission of Human Paleontology of the International Union Quaternary Research., Visiting Professor at the University College of London and co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca (WorldHeritage Site). He is the recipient of many national and international¬† awards, among which the renowned Pr√≠ncipe de Asturias in 1997.
Dr. Arsuaga is a regular contributor to¬†Nature, Science, American Journal of Physical Anthropology¬†and editor of the¬†Journal of Human Evolution as well as¬†¬†a regular lecturer at the universities of London, Cambridge, Berkeley, New York, Tel Aviv, Zurich, among others.
He is the author of more than a dozen works. Among them, one should mention the perennial long-sellers:¬†La especie elegida¬†(1997), El collar de Neandertal¬†(1999) and¬†Amalur¬†(2002), all published by Temas de Hoy;¬†La saga humana¬†(Edaf, 2007),¬†¬†El reloj de Mr. Darwin¬†(Temas de Hoy, 2009) and¬†El primer viaje de nuestra vida¬†(Temas de Hoy, 2012),¬†El sello indeleble¬†(Debate, 2013), co-written with Manuel Mart√≠n-Loeches, and¬†Vida. Una gran historia¬†(Destino, 2019), published as a lead title and internationally published.
After his great success written in collaboration with Juan Jos√© Mill√°s,¬†La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal¬†(Alfaguara, 2020), he comes back with¬†La muerte contada por un sapiens a un neandertal¬†(Alfaguara, 2022).
Furthermore, Arsuaga‚Äôs backlist titles are such great long-sellers that Destino has decided to reissue them in a special collection that will bring back his most important titles updated, with new covers and introductions.
In 2023 he publishes one of his best titles yet:¬†Nuestro Cuerpo: Siete millones de a√Īos de evoluci√≥n (Destino, 2023).
¬Ľ Pr√≠ncipe de Asturias Award¬†
¬Ľ Co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca
¬Ľ Member of the American National Academy of Sciences
¬Ľ XLSemanal Award¬†
¬ęArsuaga‚Äôs viewpoint comes as a refreshing and instructive contrast to much of the English-language literature (‚Ä¶) [his works] should be read by anyone interested in their own origins and our extinct relatives.¬Ľ¬†Dr. Ian Tattersall, Curator in the Dpt. of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, NY
¬ęA monument. [‚Ä¶] Juan Luis Arsuaga is an immense paleoanthropologist.¬Ľ Yves Coppens, paleoanthropologist discoverer of Lucy
¬ęArsuaga is one of the world‚Äôs leading experts on human evolution, as well as a prestigious scientist and a natural born communicator.¬Ľ¬†Ixone D√≠az Landaluce,¬†ABC
¬ęWe love that wise people explain things to us when they do it in an interesting and affordable way. That is what makes Arsuaga‚Äôs new book such a¬† wonder: a luminous treatise on life, the universe and human existence.¬Ľ¬†V√≠ctor M. Amela,¬†La Vanguardia
Our Body: Seven Million Years of Evolution | Destino/Planeta, 2023
Death Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal | Alfaguara/PRH, 2022
Life as Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal | Alfaguara/PRH, 2020
Life, the Great Story | Destino/Planeta, 2019
Amalur. The Atom in the Mind | Destino/Planeta, 2019
The Neanderthal‚Äôs Necklace | Destino, 2019 / Temas de Hoy, 1999
The Chosen Species | Destino, 2019 / Temas de Hoy, 1997
The Human Signature | Debate/Planeta, 2013
The First Journey of Our Life | Temas de Hoy/Planeta, 2012
A Brief History of Earth | Temas de hoy, 2010
Mr. Darwin's Clock | Temas de Hoy/Planeta, 2009
My First Prehistory Book. When the World Was Just a Child | Espasa, 2008
The Human Saga | Edaf, 2007
On the Other Side of the Fog | Suma/PRH, 2005
The World of Atapuerca | Plaza & Jan√©s/PRH, 2004
The Aborigines. Feeding and Human Evolution | RBA, 2002
The Sphinx Enigma | Plaza & Jan√©s/PRH, 2001