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PLOS group selects a UB research study among the top relevant in 2019 regarding the study of human evolution

Imperial eagle phalange with cut marks found in cova Foradada. Photo: Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo

Imperial eagle phalange with cut marks found in cova Foradada. Photo: Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo

19/12/2019

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An article published by the editing group PLOS included among the six most distinguished discoveries in 2019 in the field of human evolution the first eagle phalanges with ornamental uses the UB researchers found in the Iberian Peninsula. The discovery was featured on the front page of the journal Science Advances with an article led by Antonio Rodríguez Hidalgo, researcher of the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA), affiliated at the University of Alcalá, and which is also signed by researchers from the Prehistoric Studies and Research Seminar (SERP) of the UB –Juan Ignacio Morales, Artur Cebrià, Josep M Fullola, José Miguel Tejero, Juan Fernández Marchena and Gal·la García Argudo

The interest in this discovery lies in the fact that this is the most modern piece found so far regarding the Neanderthal field, and the first to be found in the Iberian Peninsula. This expands the time and geographical limits that were estimated for this kind ornament. This would be “the last necklace made by Neanderthals”, according to Antonio Rodríguez Hidalgo. The findings took place in Cova Foradada in Calafell (Tarragona). The direction of this excavation was carried out by Juan Ignacio Morales and Artur Cebrià. The archaeological study of this site is included in a SERP project, funded by the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government and another funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, both led by Josep M Fullola, professor of the UB and director of SERP.

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