Ana Pinto

Specialties: Anthropologist, Archaeologist

National Geographic grantee Ana Pinto is a Spanish archaeologist working in the field of human evolution. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees at London's Natural History Museum, then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins. Her fields of interest include fossilization processes, ancient environments, early human diets, and the origins of modern human behavior as expressed in Europe over the last 40,000 years. Ana has conducted much of her research in caves and rock shelters in Spain, Tanzania, and Kenya. She has also participated in excavations and field research projects in England, South Africa, and Armenia. In 2001 Ana discovered the Sopeña rockshelter, which contains a long archaeological stratigraphy bearing evidence to the last millenia of Neanderthal life and the immediate substitution by Cro-magnon. Ana was part of a Atapuerca team that made major discoveries at this World Heritage-listed archaeological site, and received the prestigous Prince of Asturias Prize in 1997 for her work with the team. She was the 2005 Humanities Awardee of the Wings World Quest Foundation and named Spanish Distinguished Researcher in 2006 by the Spanish Government.

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