Ferran Estebaranz Sanchezá 

Investigador técnico en el CSIC

Short biography

My formation has focused on the morphological dental evolution of fossil hominins of Plio-Pleistocene and modern H. sapiens, as well as on bioarchaeology of human populations of the Neolithic, both in the Near East and the Iberian Peninsula. My PhD thesis was based on the study of the pattern of buccal microwear in East African Pliocene hominins (A. anamensis and A. afarensis) of the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa, from which several publications in indexed and impact journals were derived. Moreover, my PhD dissertation was awarded the maximum mark and an Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Biology (“Sobresaliente cum laude”). As part of the process of obtaining samples for the PhD, I travelled to various African museums to obtain hominin dental moulds (National Museum of Kenya -Nairobi- and Arusha Museum -Tanzania). In addition, I have also published and collaborated in several methodological articles on obtaining high-resolution moulds and casts and 3D microscopy techniques (confocal and interferometry) applied to the study of micro striation patterns. Finally, during and after my PhD, I have established several collaborations with other international research groups such as OLAPP (USA-Tanzania), CSIC_IMF (Spain), IPHES (Spain), CSIC-Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Atapuerca), as a result of which several studies on the morphological evolution of the hominine dentition and diet during the European Pliocene have been published and the

Research interests

  • Physical Anthropology;
  • Bioarchaeology;
  • Human Evolution;
  • Paleoanthropology;
  • Forensic Anthropology

Selected publications

Dyowe Roig, A. E., Estebaranz-Sánchez, F., Martínez, L. M., & Molist Montaña, M. (2023). Analysis of fingerprints on a PPNB figurine from the Tell Halula site, Syria. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 15(4), 1-13.+

Ramírez-Pedraza, I., Martínez, L. M., Aouraghe, H., Rivals, F., Tornero, C., Haddoumi, H., … & Sala-Ramos, R. (2023). Multiproxy approach to reconstruct fossil primate feeding behavior: Case study for macaque from the Plio-Pleistocene site Guefaït-4.2 (eastern Morocco). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 86.

Martínez, L. M., Estebaranz‐Sánchez, F., Romero, A., Ibáñez, J. J., Hidalgo‐Trujillo, L., Avià, Y., & Pérez‐Pérez, A. (2022). Effectiveness of buccal dental‐microwear texture in African Cercopithecoidea dietary discrimination. American Journal of Biological Anthropology, 179(4), 678-686.

Avià, Y., Romero, A., & Martínez, L. M. (2022). Dental topography and dietary specialization in Papionini primates. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.969007

Martínez, L. M., Estebaranz-Sánchez, F., Ferràndez-Cañadell, C., Romero, A., Ribot, F., Galbany, J., … & Pérez-Pérez, A. (2020). Buccal dental-microwear and feeding ecology of Early Pleistocene Theropithecus oswaldi from Cueva Victoria (Spain). Journal of Human Evolution, 142, 102736.

Selected projects

Selected excavations

  • Kharaysin (Neolithic; Jordan); 2022-present;
  • Cueva Victoria (Spain): 2021;
  • Tell Halula (PPNB; Syria): 2005-2008;
  • Tell esSin (Byzantine, Syria): 2007-2008;
  • Dja’de el-Mughara (PPNB; Syria): 2008


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