New field season at the Engel Ela-Ramud basin, Eritrea

Between February 27th and March 2nd, the research project of Engel Ela-Ramud will be presented at the Youth Mobile Festival Barcelona (YoMo Barcelona) that will be held within the framework of Mobile World Congress 2017, in the Monjuïc Fair

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The coming January 28th, a research team from IPHES will leave to Eritrea, to develop a new field season at the Engel Ela-Ramud basin, in the Danakil depression, next to the Ethiopian border. This research project, entitled “Cuna de la humanidad: Eritrea-Valle del Rift” (Cradle of humankind: Eritrea-Rift Valley), is directed by Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro (ICREA Research professor) and Eudald Carbonell (Full Professor of Prehistory at Universitat Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona), two attached to IPHES.

The Danakill depression is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world. It is a rocky desert where practically every day of the year reaches the 50ºC, in some occasions even the 55ºC, and it is very rare to going below the 20ºC at night. It is inhabited by the Afar tribe, that still lives in a very precarious conditions, in stone and log huts, with a very water scarcity, and with an economy based in goat, donkey and camel grazing, animals that can hold the heat and the thirst well.

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Tsegai Medin and Sergio Ros in Eritrea

In this basin, during the last four field seasons (held on 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016), the research team has located a very complete stratigraphic series that embraces the period from more than 6 million years ago to practically nowadays, and therein the team has found a good record of fossil large mammals (elephants, hippos, pigs, large bovids, gazelles, horses, hyenas, and others) and other vertebrates like crocodiles and turtles, in addition to abundant lytic artifacts, some of them very old, from the Early Pleistocene,  in the process of datation, that can be more than two-million-years-old.

The work and research team also includes the archeologist Xosé-Pedro Rodríguez Álvarez (Research Director of IPHES), the paleontologists Tsegai Medin (an Eritrean researcher attached to IPHES, through a postdoctoral scholarship supported by the Atapuerca and Palarq foundations, equally divided), Sergio Ros-Montoya (University of Málaga), the Andalusian aid worker Francisco Pérez-Benitez, the director of the National Museum of Eritrea, Dr. Yousief Libsekal, and Mr. Dawit Araia, from the same institution.

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The project is directed by Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro (ICREA Research professor) and Eudald Carbonell (Full Professor of Prehistory at Universitat Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona), two attached to IPHES.

Also, between February 27th and March 2nd, the research project of Engel Ela-Ramud will be presented at the Youth Mobile Festival Barcelona (YoMo Barcelona) that will be held within the framework of Mobile World Congress 2017, in the Monjuïc Fair, where more than 20.000 students of ESO and Baccalaureate, from Catalonia and the rest of Spain, will be moved to Barcelona during the four days to participate in this Science and Technology international event.

The Engel Ela-Ramud project will be presented in YO MO, through “La ciència al teu mòn”, an enterprise from scientists of important research centers and communication experts, in collaboration with education and technology experts. That lets to give a realistic vision of science and scientific community.

The Engel Ela-Ramud research Project is supported by the Palarq Foundation, and managed from the Atapuerca Foundation.

IPHES: The most important news from 2016

25 January 2016

The IPHES catalan research center and the Iranian RICHT Institute started a regular cooperation in the field of archaeology and human evolution

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1 February 2016

Experts from around the world will be coming to Tarragona to discuss human responses to climate change through prehistory

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4 February 2016

The 2016 Tübingen prize for early prehistory and quaternary ecology goes to Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo of the IPHES

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1 March 2016

Javier Fernández-López de Pablo, researcher of the IPHES, awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant 2015

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14 March 2016

Clarifying the origins of Sima de los Huesos hominins

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Bone powder removed from a thigh bone that yielded the first DNA sequences from the 430,000-year-old hominins from Sima de los Huesos, Spain – Javier Trueba, MADRID SCIENTIFIC FILMS

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28 March 2016

The first Europeans: leading roles in a special issue of Quaternary International

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17 June 2016

Did moianès witness Neanderthal extinction?

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29 June 2016

IPHES presents two new informative videos about stone tools production

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20 August 2016

The tooth and the parietal of a Neanderthal child 7-9 years old who lived in Teixoneres Cave 50,000 years ago have been discovered

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The parietal and the tooth Neanderthal – IPHES

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29 August 2016

The IPHES co-organise a scientific symposium in japan on novel methods for the study of past human behavior

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21 September 2016

Maçao welcomes the XI presentation of master thesis of the Erasmus Mundus in Quaternary Archaeology and human evolution

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28 October 2016

Upper paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts

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6 December 2016

The Azokh Cave site in the Caucasus was an important passageway for the hominins during their migration from Africa to Europe and Asia

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21 December 2016

A new app for android that lets to evaluate the museums reception wins a Pioner Prize

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