Dr. Almudena Estalrrich

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Sections Paleoanthropology and Tertiary Mammals

E: Almudena.Estalrrich@senckenberg.de


Research focus

  • Human evolution
  • Homo neanderthalensis
  • Dental wear
  • Biocultural evolution


2015 Paleobiology of the Neandertal lineage: Paleodiet and activity markers on the dentition of the human fossils from the El Sidrón cave (Asturias, Spain). [176p].

Awards and grants

  • 2016 Leibniz-DAAD Research fellowship at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • 2015 Award of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid to the best Doctoral Dissertation
  • 2010- 2014 Predoctoral research grant (FPI; BES-2010-033914) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Project CGL2009-09013).
  • 2013 Travel research grant (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, USA.
  • 2012 Travel research grant (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation) to Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, USA.

Main field expeditions

Participant in various field campaigns in Spain: Early Pleistocene site of Barranc de La Boella (Tarragona), Late Pleistocene site of El Sidrón cave (Asturias) and Pinilla del Valle (Madrid), and the archaeological site of Granátula de Calatrava (Ciudad Real) from the Medieval Epoch.

Museum data collection experience

2007- ongoing Laboratoire Départemental de Préhistoire du Lazaret, Nice (France), Le Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel (France), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels (Belgium), National Museum of Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), National Museum of Natural History (USA).

Selected scientific publicatios (peer-reviewed)

Rosas, A., Estalrrich, A., García-Tabernero, A., Huguet, R., Lalueza-Fox, C., Ríos, L., Bastir, M., Fernández-Cascón, B., Pérez-Criado, L., Rodriguez-Perez, F.J., Ferrando, A., Fernández-Cerezo, S., Sierra, E., de la Rasilla, M. (2015): Investigación paleoantropológica de los fósiles neandertales de El Sidrón (Asturias, España). [Paleoanthropological research of the neandertal fossils from El Sidrón (Asturias, Spain)]. Cuaternario y Geomorfología, 29 (3-4): 77-94.

Estalrrich, A., Young, M.B., Teaford, M.F., Ungar, P. S. (2015): Environmental perturbations can be detected through microwear texture analysis in two platyrrhine species from Brazilian Amazonia. American Journal of Primatology, 77: 1230-1237.

Estalrrich, A., Rosas, A. (2015): Division of Labor by sex and age in Neandertals: An Approach through the Study of Activity-related Dental Wear. Journal of Human Evolution, 80: 51-63.

Estalrrich, A., Rosas, A. (2013): Handedness in Neandertals from the El Sidrón (Asturias, Spain): evidence from instrumental striations with ontogenetic inferences. PLoS ONE, 8: e62797.

Rosas, A., Estalrrich, A., García-Vargas, S., García-Tabernero, A., Huguet, R., Lalueza-Fox, C., de la Rasilla, M. (2013): Identification of Neandertal individuals in fragmentary fossil assemblages by means of tooth associations: The case of El Sidrón (Asturias, Spain). Comptes Rendus Palevol, 12: 279–291.

Lalueza-Fox, C., Rosas, A., Estalrrich, A., Gigli, E., Campos, P.F., García- Tabernero, A., García-Vargas, S., Sánchez-Quinto, F., Ramírez, O., Civit, S., Bastir, M., Huguet, R., Santamaría, D., Gilbert, M.T., Willerslev, E., de la Rasilla, M. (2011): Genetic evidence for patrilocal mating behavior among Neandertal groups. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(1): 250-253.

Estalrrich A., Rosas, A., García-Vargas, S., García-Tabernero, A., Santamaría, D., de la Rasilla, M. (2011): Brief Communication: Subvertical Grooves on Interproximal Wear Facets from the El Sidrón Neandertal Dental Sample. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 144(1): 145-161.