Dr Marta Pina


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I am a palaeontologist interested in the evolution of the primate postcranium and the origin of the positional behaviours observed in living apes and humans. I have background in biology and palaeontology, and a set of technical skills which includes morphometry, 3D imaging, computer modelling, statistical analysis and engineering methods (i.e., finite element analysis).


I completed my PhD in 2016, which was funded by the Spanish government, the European Union, and the Leakey Foundation. After that, I worked two years in Japan as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University. I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the University of Manchester and an Associate Researcher at the ICP Miquel Crusafont (Spain).

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In addition to scientific research, I am also committed to palaeontological fieldwork in Spain and Kenya and to scientific outreach and public engagement through general audience talks and collaborations with local schools.

External positions

Associate Researcher, Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP)

Nov 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

  • QH301 Biology - Vertebrate palaeontology, Primate evolution, Miocene hominoids, Positional behaviour, Postcranium, Biomechanics, Functional morphology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Unravelling the positional behaviour of fossil hominoids: Morphofunctional and structural analysis of the primate hindlimb, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • 2011 - Master in Science, Morphological and functional study of the femur of Dryopithecus fontani (Hominidae, Primates) from Abocador de Can Mata (els Hostalets de Pierola, NE Spain, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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