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I am an Argentinean Biological Anthropologist and Doctor in Natural Sciences. I was born and raised in La Plata, where I also conducted my studies and most of my training. I am currently based in Europe, conducting my research and teaching at the University of Bonn and the University of Vienna. I also devote my time to editorial activities as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Revista Argentina de Antropologia Biologica (RAAB).


Research Interests

I specialize in the study of biological and cultural diversity in the Americas. Broadly, my interests are morphological diversification, primate evolution, theoretical biology, Latin American Archaeology, and the study of prehistory. 

Currently, I am leading a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which aims to study external and internal cranial variation in individuals from South America, to evaluate the role of evolutionary and ecological factors during the morphological diversification across the Holocene.


I am supervising students who are conducting their master's and doctoral theses, and I am also coordinating the work of postdoctoral researchers.

Latest publications

Del Bove A, Menéndez LP, Manzi G, Moggi J, Lorenzo C, Profico A. Mapping sexual dimorphism signal in the human cranium. Scientific Reports, 13, 16847.

Menéndez LP, Barbieri C, Lopez Cruz I, Schmelzle T, Breidensten A, Barquera R, Borzi G, Schuenemann VJ, Sánchez-Villagra MR. On Roth’s “human fossil” from Baradero, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina: morphological and genetic analysis. Swiss Journal of Paleontology 142, 26.

Yáñez B, Fuentes A, Silva CP, Figueiro G, Menéndez LP, García-Deister V, de la Fuente-Castro C, González-Duarte C, Tamburrini C, Argüelles JM. (2023). Pace and space in the practice of aDNA research: Concerns from the periphery. American Journal of Biological Anthropology 180(3): 417-422.

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