Prof. José María Bermúdez de Castro has been an Associate Professor in the University Complutese of Madrid and a Research Professor at the National Museum of Natural Science in Madrid (Spain). In 2010 he became the first director of the National Research Centre on Human Evolution of Burgos (Spain), centre in which he is currently coordinating the Program of Paleobiology of Hominins.
He is also co-director of Atapuerca research team with Juan Luis Arsuaga and Eudald Carbonell. Bermúdez de Castro is a specialist in dental morphology, systematic, and phylogeny of hominids. Based on the cranial, mandibular, and dental traits discovered in the lower Pleistocene cave site of Gran Dolina in Atapuerca (Spain), they defined in 1997 a new human species, the Homo antecessor1. Homo antecessor is the oldest hominid dweller of Europe and is considered as a key missing link in the hominids evolution. In this same year they were awarded with the Premio Principe de Asturias of Scientific and Technique Research.
He has also published a plethora of didactic books such as “The Boy of the Great Dolina: In the Origins of the Human” (2002) or “Pequeños pasos: Creciendo desde la Prehistoria” (2017), co-authored with his daughter Elena Bermúdez de Castro.