Juan Luis Arsuaga
Spain, Born 1954
Juan Luis Arsuaga has been at the forefront of international human palaeontology research for more than 20 years.
As co-director of the Atapuerca Research Project in northern Spain since 1991, he played a key role in two of the most significant archaeo-palaeontological finds of the 20th century. These are the discovery of Homo antecessor — 800,000-year-old hominids believed to represent a new human species — and of the world’s largest collection of hominid fossils, including some 30 complete skeletons about 300,000 years old.Dr Arsuaga, a professor of human palaeontology at Complutense University in Madrid and a visiting professor at University College London, is a prolific writer whose 1998 publication, Atapuerca: One Million Years of History, won a prize as Spain’s most popular scientific book.