Archaeological Micromorphology and Biomarker Research Lab, Instituto Universitario de Bio-Orgánica Antonio González (IUBO)
Avenida Astrofísico Francisco Sánchez, 38206, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Tel. (34) 922 318 570
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Ainara Sistiaga

My research is focused on exploiting the organic information trapped in the soil, with particular emphasis in the paleodietary record. I perform my research in the interface between organic geochemistry and paleolithic archaeology to provide greater insight into the dietary role of meat and plants in the course of human evolution. Specifically, I am using faecal biomarkers as a source of paleodietary information, capable of helping us in the understanding of the proportions of different kinds of food that contribute most to our ancestors' diets. I am particularly interested in the influence of cholesterol and fat ingestion in non-human primates and how hominins adapted to the negative effects of eating meat.

Also, I have carried out lipid analysis in archaeological sites contributing to the understanding of Neanderthal fire technology.

Ainara Sistiaga's CV