Dr. Yul Altolaguirre Zancajo

unité organisationnelle


The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Curriculum vitae

Main research interests

  • Paleoecology and paleoenvironments and their influence in hominin expansion
  • The mapping of ancient vegetation units and landscape evolution
  • Availability of plant food resources



2021 Thesis in Earth Sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany: "High-resolution palynological analysis of the Early Pleistocene regional environment before, during and after the first expansion of early Homo into Southern Spain".

2015 Master in Advanced Paleontology. Thesis title: “Palynological study of the Lower Cretaceous section at Cortes de Arenoso (Castellón)” (Complutense University of Madrid & University of Alcalá).

2014 Master in Geological Processes and Resources. Thesis title: “Palynofacies analysis of the Escucha Fm. and the cretaceous desert system of Utrillas Gp. at Teruel’s Iberian Range and source rock evaluation” (Complutense University of Madrid Madrid).

2013 Bachelor in Geology at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM): Thesis title: “A geological and paleontological study of La Lastrilla, Segovia” (Complutense University of Madrid Madrid).



British Council Fellowship Programme, 2015


Field experience

Paleontological excavations and surveys of Miocene sites in Madrid (Cerro de los Batallones & Somosaguas fossil sites) and Kenya (Rusinga Island).

Publications et conférences sélectionnées


Ochando, J., Carrión, J., Altolaguirre, Y., Munuera, M., Amorós, G., Jimenez-Moreno, G., Solano-García, J., Barsky, D., Luzón, C., Sánchez-Bandera, C., Serrano-Ramos, A., Toro-Moyano, I., Saarinen, J., Blain, H-A., Bocherens, H., Oms, O., Agustí, J., Fortelius, M., Jimenez-Arenas, J. M. (2022): Palynological investigations in the Orce Archaeological Zone, Early Pleistocene of Southern Spain. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 304, 104725.

Postigo-Mijarra, J. M., Altolaguirre, Y., Moreno-Domínguez, R., Barrón, E., Casas-Gallego, M. (2022): Climatic reconstruction at the early Miocene La Rinconada mine (Ribesalbes-Alcora Basin, eastern Spain) based on Coexistence Approach, CLAMP and LMA analysis. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 104714.

Altolaguirre, Y., Schulz, M., Gibert, L. & Bruch, A.A. (2021): Mapping Early Pleistocene environments and the availability of plant food as a potential driver of early Homo presence in the Guadix-Baza Basin (Spain). Journal of Human Evolution 155, 102986. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2021.102986.

Altolaguirre, Y., Bruch, A.A. & Gibert, L. (2020): A long Early Pleistocene pollen record from Baza Basin (SE Spain): Major contributions to the palaeoclimate and palaeovegetation of Souther Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 231, 106199. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106199

Altolaguirre, Y., Postigo-Mijarra, J. Mᵃ ., Barrón, E., Carrión, J. S., Leroy, S. A., & Bruch, A. A. (2019). An environmental scenario for the earliest hominins in the Iberian Peninsula: Early Pleistocene palaeovegetation and palaeoclimate. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 260, 51-64.

Altolaguirre, Y. (2015): Palynofacial analysis of the Escucha Formation and the Utrillas Group in Teruel (Spain). Relationship with the evolution of the sedimentary systems and evaluation of oleogenetic potential. Current Trends in Paleontology and Evolution, XIII EJIP, 22-24.

Garcia-Mayordomo, J., Ortiz, J. E., Torres, T., Insua-Arevalo, J. M., Martinez-Diaz, J. J., Altolaguirre, Y., & Martin-Banda, R. (2014): Amino acid racemization dating of Upper Pleistocene-Holocene terrestrial gastropods from a Mediterranean region (Murcia, SE Spain). EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 16, 10832.