Organisers: Diego Arceredillo1, Naroa García-Ibaibarriaga2, Antonio J. Romero2,3, Aritza Villaluenga2

1 Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Isabel I. C/Fernán
González 76, 09003, Burgos, Spain.

2 Facultad de Letras. Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU. Paseo de la
Universidad 5, 01006, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.;;

3 Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense (UCM), C/Profesor
Aranguren, 2, 28040, Madrid, Spain.


The Quaternary, the last of the Earth’s geological eras, is characterised by the alternation
of temperate and glacial periods and by the development of the genus Homo and its global
expansion. A changing climate and the constant advance or retreat of different
ecosystems, as well as the relative abundance of their material remains, in comparison
with other geological periods, make the research of this period particularly interesting.
Although the research related to the evolution of our genus is well known, the study and
analysis of the fossils of the species that coexisted with our ancestors can provide us
several data not only on the environment they inhabited and the fauna they lived with, but
also on their habits, diets and even their social, economic, cultural and even technological
The palaeontological analysis of the Quaternary records, focused on the taxa and species
represented, is complemented by taphonomic analysis, aimed at finding out what actions
were carried out on the bones and therefore inferring certain hunting or social behaviours.
For this reason, the importance of developing a session focused on the Quaternary is not
only centred on palaeontological aspects, but also on paleobiologic and behavioural
This session is open to all studies focused on the archaeopaleontological research of the
Quaternary period. Some of the topics covered in this session are the following:

  • Faunistic studies focused on morphometric features.
  • Ecological approaches of the Quaternary period.
  • Formation of different fossil deposits, as well as other types of research with
    taphonomic implications.
  • Contributions of Palaeontology to Prehistoric Archaeology in any of its aspects.


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