Dr. Arsuaga (Madrid, 1954) is a Professor of Paleontology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Director of the Human Evolution and Behavior Institute (UCM-ISCIII). He is a member of the American National Academy of Sciences,  Member of the Musée de l’Homme of Paris and vice-president of the Comission of Human Paleontology of the International Union Quaternary Research., Visiting Professor at the University College of London and co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca (WorldHeritage Site). He is the recipient of many national and international  awards, among which the renowned Príncipe de Asturias in 1997.

Dr. Arsuaga is a regular contributor to Nature, Science, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and editor of the Journal of Human Evolution as well as  a regular lecturer at the universities of London, Cambridge, Berkeley, New York, Tel Aviv, Zurich, among others.

He is the author of more than a dozen works. Among them, one should mention the perennial long-sellers: La especie elegida (1997), El collar de Neandertal (1999) and Amalur (2002), all published by Temas de Hoy; La saga humana (Edaf, 2007),  El reloj de Mr. Darwin (Temas de Hoy, 2009) and El primer viaje de nuestra vida (Temas de Hoy, 2012), El sello indeleble (Debate, 2013), co-written with Manuel Martín-Loeches, and Vida. Una gran historia (Destino, 2019), published as a lead title and internationally published.

After his great success written in collaboration with Juan José Millás, La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal (Alfaguara, 2020), he comes back with La muerte contada por un sapiens a un neandertal (Alfaguara, 2022).

Furthermore, Arsuaga’s backlist titles are such great long-sellers that Destino has decided to reissue them in a special collection that will bring back his most important titles updated, with new covers and introductions.

In 2023 he published one of his best titles yet:¬†Nuestro Cuerpo: Siete millones de a√Īos de evoluci√≥n¬†(Destino, 2023), followed by a reissue of his fiction debut¬†Al otro lado de la niebla¬†(Destino, 2024).


¬Ľ Pr√≠ncipe de Asturias Award¬†
¬Ľ Co-director of excavations at Sierra de Atapuerca
¬Ľ Member of the American National Academy of Sciences
¬Ľ XLSemanal Award¬†

¬ęArsuaga‚Äôs viewpoint comes as a refreshing and instructive contrast to much of the English-language literature (‚Ķ) [his works] should be read by anyone interested in their own origins and our extinct relatives.¬Ľ¬†Dr. Ian Tattersall, Curator in the Dpt. of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, NY

¬ęA monument. [‚Ķ] Juan Luis Arsuaga is an immense paleoanthropologist.¬Ľ Yves Coppens, paleoanthropologist discoverer of Lucy

¬ęArsuaga is one of the world‚Äôs leading experts on human evolution, as well as a prestigious scientist and a natural born communicator.¬Ľ¬†Ixone D√≠az Landaluce,¬†ABC

¬ęWe love that wise people explain things to us when they do it in an interesting and affordable way. That is what makes Arsuaga‚Äôs new book such a¬† wonder: a luminous treatise on life, the universe and human existence.¬Ľ¬†V√≠ctor M. Amela,¬†La Vanguardia

Al otro lado de la niebla

On the Other Side of the Fog | Destino/Planeta, 2024; Suma/PRH, 2005

Nuestro cuerpo: siete millones de a√Īos de evoluci√≥n

Our Body: Seven Million Years of Evolution | Destino/Planeta, 2023

La muerte contada por un sapiens a un neandertal

Death Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal | Alfaguara/PRH, 2022

La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal

Life as Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal | Alfaguara/PRH, 2020

Vida, la gran historia

Life, the Great Story | Destino/Planeta, 2019


Amalur. The Atom in the Mind | Destino/Planeta, 2019

El collar del neandertal

The Neanderthal’s Necklace | Destino, 2019 / Temas de Hoy, 1999

La especie elegida

The Chosen Species | Destino, 2019 / Temas de Hoy, 1997

El sello indeleble. Pasado, presente y futuro del ser humano

The Human Signature | Debate/Planeta, 2013

El primer viaje de nuestra vida

The First Journey of Our Life | Temas de Hoy/Planeta, 2012

Breve historia de la Tierra (con nosotros dentro)

A Brief History of Earth | Temas de hoy, 2010

El reloj de Mr. Darwin

Mr. Darwin's Clock | Temas de Hoy/Planeta, 2009

Mi primer libro de la Prehistoria. Cuando el mundo era ni√Īo

My First Prehistory Book. When the World Was Just a Child | Espasa, 2008

La saga humana

The Human Saga | Edaf, 2007

El mundo de Atapuerca

The World of Atapuerca | Plaza & Janés/PRH, 2004

Los aborígenes

The Aborigines. Feeding and Human Evolution | RBA, 2002

El enigma de la esfinge

The Sphinx Enigma | Plaza & Janés/PRH, 2001