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I am a palaeoanthropologist interested in the evolution of the primate postcranium and the origin of the positional behaviours observed in living apes and humans. My background is in evolutionary biology and palaeontology. I completed my PhD in 2016, in the ICP Miquel Crusafont (Spain). After that, I was awarded two postdoctoral fellowships: a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Kyoto University (Japan) and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship in the University of Manchester (UK). I joined LSBU in 2022 as a Lecturer in Anthroengineering.
Read more in https://marta-pina.com/
Research interests overview:
· Evolution of primate locomotion
· Comparative functional morphology and biomechanics of the primate postcranium
· Skeletal adaptations in primate limbs
· Origin and evolution of the hominoid positional behaviours
· Extinct hominoid palaeobiology and evolution
· Palaeontological fieldwork and teaching
· Scientific (particularly palaeontological) outreach and education
My research seeks to identify the morphofunctional and biomechanical adaptations associated with the different orthograde locomotor types of extant hominoids and to reconstruct the evolution of their positional behaviours, including human bipedalism. I am particularly interested in the study of the fossil limb remains of the Eurasian and African Miocene apes by means of comparative anatomy, functional morphology and biomechanics.
My research includes palaeontological fieldwork and I regularly excavate in fossil sites of Spain and Kenya.
I am also committed to scientific outreach and public engagement through general audience talks and collaborations with local schools.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Universitat de Barcelona-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain