The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

The Catalan Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES for its initials in Catalonian) is the premier research center on all matters related to human origins research in Spain. Their expertise encompasses microscopy, archaeobotany, isotopes, faunal analysis, stone tools, geoarchaeology. Their fieldwork activities are key for the institute’s projection and reputation, and include prominent sites dated to the early, middle, and late Pleistocene such as Atapuerca, Romani, and multiple places in Africa, such as Eritrea and Morocco.

Our collaboration with them places emphasis on use-wear analysis, residues on stone tools, Acheulean lithics, and environmental reconstruction. You can read more here:

The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) is a transdisciplinary institution that promotes advanced research, education and knowledge transfer, and social engagement with science. Therefore, we cross and combine different fields of science, humanities and social sciences, but also geosciences and biosciences to apply them to the study of human and social evolution. Our aim is to promote knowledge both about ancient human species of the past and about human beings today.


Partnership Activities
  • Hosted collaboration with our group at famed site of Atapuerca (Spain)
  • IPHES researcher Gema Chacon presentation IPHES research in Morocco at the University of Calgary titled ‘Ain Beni Mathar-Guefait Basin (Eastern Morocco) A Travel to North African Pleistocene’
  • Short training stay of doctoral student Juan Luis Fernandez