Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

The Tarragona-based Institute, founded in 2006, is headed by archaeologist Eudald Carbonell. It now has a staff of 60. It is structured in three lines: research, lecturing and the socialisation of knowledge about human evolution. Between 2006 and 2015, the IPHES published over 1,200 scientific documents in the form of papers, books and chapters, including 460 articles in high-impact journals (Journal Impact Factor). The Institute is involved in major research projects in its field, with cross-disciplinary work involving scientific groups in several countries. Its scientific aims include, amongst others: technological and cultural changes, landscape reconstruction, climate change, Neanderthal palaeoecology, ecosocial behaviour of Pleistocene and early Holocene hominids, interactions between hominids and carnivores, technological and energy resources in Pleistocene Asia, symbolic thinking (cave art) and complex systems for prospecting future actions.

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