Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo is a professor
of the Department of Prehistory at the Complutense University
in Spain. He has been Fulbrigth scholar and visiting faculty atthe
University of Rutgers, the University of Missouri-St.Louis and
at Harvard University (USA). He is co-PI of the paleoanthropological
project at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) and has worked at Peninj (Tanzania)
and Gona in Ethiopia. His research is focused on taphonomy of
the archaofaunas of early African sites.
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Wisconsin
University, Madison, USA, and, a Research Associate of the CRAFT
Research Center (USA) and Sterkfontein Research Unit (South Africa).
His primary research is on the large mammal taphonomy of hominid-bearing
cave assemblages in South Africa. This research includes a strong
actualistic component, with particular focus on the resistance of
primate skeletons to taphonomic forces.
Luis Alcalá is currently the director
of the Paleontological Network Foundation of Teruel. For many
years, he has been researcher and vice-director of the Natural
History Museum of Madrid, Spain. He is a palaeontologist specialized
in taphonomy. He has widely worked in Miocene and Quaternary contexts
both in Europe and in Africa.
(By alphabetical order)
|| Peter Andrews is a researcher
in the Department of Palaeontology, Natural
History Museum, London. He works on the evolution of primates, with
the emphasis on Miocene apes leading to the origin of living apes
and humans. He has done extensive taphonomic work concentrating
on small mammal taphonomy
which culminated in his book Owls, Cave and Fossils published in
has also investigated taphonomic processes affecting large mammals
and has recently completed a 20 year project investigating taphonomic
the UK and in Arabia to complement the extensive work done on taphonomic
modifications in tropical environments.
Charles Kimberlin (Bob) Brain was born
in 1931 in Zimbabwe. He is an African naturalist who has spent
most of his career in museums, particularly the Transvaal Museum
in Pretoria, where he has been, at various times, Curator of Invertebrates,
Lower Vertebrates and Palaeontology. He also served as Director
there for 23 years. He is married to Laura Kraan and they have
four children. Bob's PhD (1957, University of Capetown) was on
the South African ape-man-bearing cave deposits. This was followed
in 1981 by a DSc degree from the University of the Witwatersrand
on the new discipline of African Cave Taphonomy that he pioneered.
He has four honorary doctorates and has been president of seven
professional societies.From 1965 onwards, Bob undertook a 25-year-long
investigation and excavation of the Swartkrans cave and its fossil
assemblages, which convinced him of the importance of predation
to the course of animal, including human, evolution. He is currently
investigating the roots of predation among fossils of the earliest
animals in Neoproterozoic limestones of Namibia.
C. K. Brain is Honorary Associate Editor of Journal of Taphonomy.
Jean-Philip Brugal is Head of Research
of CNRS and President of the French National Committee of INQUA.
He has worked extensively on mammal Palaeontology and has carried
out a large amount of taphonomic and zooarchaeologic research.
His current research focuses on palaeoecological reconstructions
based on the analysis of mammal communities and on the exploitation
of animal resources by Paleolithic hunter-gatherer communities.
He is carrying out this research in the Plio-Pleistocene geological
formations of East Africa (Kenya) and in several natural and archaeological
Middle Pleistocene sites in southern Europe. These studies are
being performed within the framework of national and international
research programs; several of them under his direction and supervision.
| After completing the Ph.D. at UC-Berkeley
in 1982, Henry T. Bunn joined the faculty in the Department
of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has
recently completed four years of service as Department Chair and
is pleased to be a full-time professor again. Since 1973, he has
conducted paleontological, archaeological, and ethnoarchaeological
research in eastern and southern Africa, including many years of
field work at Koobi Fora, Kenya, museum work on fossil assemblages
from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, ethnoarchaeological and archaeological
projects in Botswana and in Somalia, and a long-term (since 1984)
and ongoing project on the ethnoarchaeology and behavioral ecology
of Hadza foragers in northern Tanzania. His research interests include
the zooarchaeological study of the foraging behavior and diet of
Plio-Pleistocene hominids, and the foraging adaptations of the Hadza
and their contribution to African prehistory and paleoanthropology.
Yannicke Dauphin is a professor at the
Université Paris 6. Field of interest: In addition to their
importance as sedimentary contributors, biologically produced
minerals now appear as a major source of environmental information.
Therefore, progress in understanding the sedimentological behaviour
of biominerals as well as accuracy and reliability of measurements
carried out on ancient skeletal structures are clearly linked
to improvement of our knowledge of structural and compositional
features of biominerals.
The aim of her research is to investigate the mechanisms by which
shells, bones and teeth are preserved in fossil sites. Several
areas are currently being explored. These include the investigation
of the microstructure, mineralogy, chemical contents of the mineral
and organic phases in recent shells, bones and teeth.
Chistiane Denys is a professor at
the Laboratory of Mammals & Birds of the Natural History
Museum at Paris, and member of the Department of Systematics
and Evolution. She is a widely-known expert in micromammal
palaeontology and taphonomy. She is a member of several
geological and palaeontological associations. Her research
is currently focused on the evolution of modern and fossil
African small murids (Mammalia: Rodentia) by the use of
morpho-anatomical, morphometrics, taphonomy and phylogenetical
techniques to infer biogeographical and palaeoecologcal
implications. She has conducted extensive work on neotaphonomy
of owl pellets and taphonomy of small mammals in several
Plio-Pleistocene assemblages from various localities in
Africa. She has supervised several research works, conducted
numerous seminars and published extensively in the most
relevant international journals.
She was an editorial member of the Taphonomy and Diagenesis
Newsletter "TD News" from 1992 to 1998. She is
currently the chief editor of Mammalia since 1999.
was born on 4 June 1942 in Dunedin, New Zealand, but received
most of his primary and secondary education in Scotland. He
studied Geology at the University of St. Andrews (B.Sc. 1964),
before going on to complete a M. Sc. in plant taxonomy at
the University of Liverpool (England) under professor Vernon
H. Heywood. he then moved to the Netherlands to study for
his dissertation on Miocene leaf remains (1971) under professor
Dr. F.P. Jonker at the Laboratory of Paleobotany and Palynology
in Utrech. From 1969 until 1992 he taught Botany at the University
of Antwerp, Belgium. It was here that he initiated his work
on plant taphonomy. In 1992 he was appointed to the Chair
of Paleobotany in Vienna. from 1996 to 1998 he was President
of the European Palaeontological Association (EPA) and regularly
acts as external examiner and advisor on palaeontological
projects and positions.
Yolanda Fernández-Jalvo is a researcher
of the CSIC (National Council for Science) in the Natural History
Museum of Madrid (Spain). She is an expert in taphonomy, especially
in the field of microvertebrates. Her research has spanned different
time periods and geographical areas, from middle Pleistocene sites
such as Atapuerca to Plio-Pleistocene sites, such as Olduvai.
She is one of the discoverers of the cannibalistic behavior of
Homo antecessor. Current research interests:
Processes of fossilization and diagenesis (Taphonomy), Taphonomic
studies of micro macrovertebrates (hominids included) and pollen
during the Holocene, Pleistocene and Pliocene, site formation,
behavioural and palaeoenvironmental interpretations and their
biostratigraphic inferences and palaeoclimatic change interpretations.
Sixto Fernández-López is
a professor of Palaeontology at the Complutense University of
Madrid, Spain. His research is mainly focused on taphonomy in
the Jurassic and Cretacic periods. His expertise is ammonites.
He has worked in several field projects both in Europe and south
America. He has developed taphonomic frameworks both from an epistemological
as well as from a methodological point of view.
He has published extensively in scientific journals.
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|Anthony R. Fiorillo
received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut
and his Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska.
He completed his Ph.D. work in vertebrate paleontology at the University
of Pennsylvania in 1989. For the next two years he was the Rea Postdoctoral
Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and then a museum
scientist at the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California-Berkeley
before becoming the Curator of Earth Sciences at the Perot Museum
of Nature and Science, Dallas. He is also an adjunct associate professor
at Southern Methodist University.
Although Dr. Fiorillo has worked on fossil deposits ranging in age
1.7 billion years old to those only a few thousand years in age,
most of his research has focused on the paleoecology of dinosaurs
and the paleoenvironments of dinosaur-bearing rock units. As a result
of his research interests, Dr. Fiorillo has led numerous expeditions
in western North America, particularly Texas, Montana, Wyoming,
Colorado and now Alaska, in addition to field work in Asia, Australia,
and South America. He has also published over 100 scientific and
Philippe Fosse is a researcher in
the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
in Toulouse (UMR 5608-UTAH). He has extensively worked on
French Pleistocene and Holocene sites (Chauvet, Lunel-Viel,
). His research is focused on
paleotaphonomy and on zooarchaeology with a scope on the
question of the first settlements in western Europe and
the role played by carnivores in Pleistocene bone assemblage
He has currently undertaken a large-scale research on neothaphonmy
focused on bone modification produced by non anthropogenic
agents under temperate settings (wild european predators
and their associated scavengers, perthotaxic factors : decomposition,
weathering) and on feeding of captive bone modificators
(carnivores, birds of prey, rodents).
|Robert A. Gastaldo
is Whipple-Coddington professor of Geology at Colby College, Waterville,
Maine, USA. He has been investigating plant taphonomic processes
for the past 20 years, and has focused his research on actualistic
macrofloral and microfloral (including palynofacies) studies in
tropical (Sarawak & Kalimantan) and in Paleozoic and Tertirary
settings in the northern hemisphere. Gastaldo has applied his results
to understanding plant-bearing fossil assemblages within sequence
stratigraphic contexts and interpreting Phanerozoic plant ecosystems.
Presently, he has been conducting studies in Holocene carbonate
(Bermuda) and north-temperate limnic (Maine) settings, and has been
investigating the plant taphonomic character of Late Early to Middle
Devonian environments in Maine.
Michal Kowalewski (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a
geobiology faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia
Tech) in Blacksburg, USA. His research interests are at the interface
between the biological and geological sciences with data collected
over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and projects
ranging from non-applied studies in paleobiology to applied projects
in conservation biology and Quaternary geochronology. Taphonomy
of marine benthic invertebrates is one of the central themes of
his research, including ongoing projects in quantitative taphonomy,
time-averaging, and large-scale biases in the Phanerozoic fossil
record. For more details see:
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R. Lee Lyman is Professor of Anthropology
at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Research interests include
the late Quaternary mammalian biogeography of the northwestern
United States, chronoclines in mammals, and prehistoric butchering
He is the author of Vertebrate Taphonomy, Cambridge University
McNamara is a researcher in the Department of Geology & Geophysics,
Yale University, New Haven (USA) and is affiliated with the School
of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin (Ireland). She specializes
in the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved fossils and uses both
fossil-based and experimental approaches to answering taphonomic questions.
She is interested in how exceptionally preserved fossils inform us
about the anatomy, physiology and behaviour of ancient organisms and,
importantly, about biases in the fossil record. She has conducted
extensive research into the taphonomy of vertebrates from several
exceptional biotas (Konservat-Lagerstatten) from the Cenozoic of Spain,
Germany and the Czech Republic, and has undertaken taphonomic experiments
on vertebrate taxa. Her current research focuses on the taphonomy
of structural colour.
is a Lecturer on Palaeontology at the Faculty of Geology and on Taphonomy
at the Faculty of History (from 1993 to 2000), from the University
of Barcelona (Spain). His current scientific research focuses on Mesozoic
and Cenozoic fossil insects, mainly dragonflies and their relatives,
but also other groups such as Isoptera, Neuroptera and Hymenoptera,
and on the preservation and evolutionary significance of exceptionally
preserved fossil insects in amber and carbonate rocks. In order to
investigate the taphonomic processes that control insect preservation,
his research includes experimental work on the factors controlling
decay, transport and fossilization. He has done field work mainly
in Spain but also in other countries from Europe, Asia and South America.
||Miquel De Renzi was
born in Barcelona (Spain) the 17th July 1941. He studied geological
sciences at the University of Barcelona, where he obtained his PhD
(1971). His research was focused on the fossil molluscs in the type
area of the Ilerdian stage (Upper Palaeocene-Lower Eocene). Since
1977, he is full professor of palaeontology at the University of Valencia
(Spain). For him, taphonomy plays an essential role in any palaeontologic
research, from palaeobiology up to applied fields such as biostratigraphy.
He has been a member of the scientific board of the two meetings on
taphonomy and fossilization held in Spain (1990, 1996) and chairman
of "Taphos 2002, 3rd Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization"
held in Valencia in 2002. He has also been the main editor of the
book "Current Topics on Taphonomy and Fossilization". He
has written papers on theoretical questions related to taphonomy (position
of taphonomy in palaeontology: palaeoecology, rates of evolution,
biostratigraphy) as well as on empirical taphonomic research (taphonomic
factors controlling the distribution of the Ilerdian molluscs, quantitative
analysis of biases in studies of palaeoecology and rates of evolution).
|Lawrence C. Todd. Professor, Department
of Anthropology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State
University. Director, Laboratory of Human Paleoecology, Colorado State
University. Research Interests: Ecology and archaeology of hunter-gatherers;
Paleoindian/Paleolithic studies; paleoecology; faunal analysis and
vertebrate taphonomy; archaeological formation processes,
analysis/geoarchaeology; method and theory; site structural and spatial
analysis; regional archaeological survey.
||Gerardo Vega Toscano is a professor
of Prehistory at the Complutense University. His M.A. and Ph. D. were
also obtained at the same university. His research is focused on middle
and late Palaeolithic Archaeology, namely in Neandertal contexts.
He has conducted extensive research in several archaeological sites
in the South of Spain and he is a known especialist in biostratinomic
and diagenetic modifications of stone tools. His greatest achievements
have been focused on the discovery of the latest neandertals. He has
approached and applied taphonomic principles to the study and analysis
of lithic artefacts and their modifications. He has applied these
concepts in his field work by using lithic tools to obtain a valuable
information of the taphonomic processes undergone by archaeological
sites. He is currently involved in the excavation of several sites,
among which the famous Carihuela and El Palomar caves are his main