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Institute of Geosciences, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), where he founded the Research Group on Meteorites and Planetary Geosciences of the CSIC. Founder and President of the Spanish Network of Planetology and Astrobiology and the Planetary Geology Commission of the Geological Society of Spain. Honorary Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering at the Carlos III University of Madrid and Scientific Collaborator at the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo. Member of the science teams of Mars missions: NASA-MSL (Curiosity rover), NASA-Mars-2020 (Perseverance rover), ESA-ExoMars, and collaborator in the ESA BIOMEX project (ISS).

«It is an honor for me to have received this immense work and to have the opportunity to enjoy it and express my appreciation here, albeit briefly. It is undoubtedly a scientific contribution that marks a before and after in this type of research, compiling, in three volumes ‘Paleocene-Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Holocene,’ the paleobotanical knowledge about the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, contextualizing its most relevant and representative aspects in space and time, specifically during the last 66 million years.


Being dedicated to planetary geology, astrobiology, and the study of meteorites, it is truly exciting to know, with precision, the vital explosion and the distribution and development that occurred after the gigantic and catastrophic astrogeological impact of the Cretaceous/Paleogene, which caused the extinction of more than 75% of species.


In the work, not only a meticulous paleobotanical reconstruction is carried out, considering chronological and biogeographical aspects, but also the current state of the environments is detailed, describing and explaining their characteristics. All of this, with high-quality diagrams, photographs, illustrations, tables, and graphs that help to better understand the specified text and add value to the immense work done.


It is a magnificent encyclopedic work where past, present, and future flow through the hands of experts, presenting this interesting sample of the nature of our territory with rigor and creativity.»

Grupo de investigación E005-II ECCE

HOMO (Evolución Cenozoico Cuaternario Ecología Homo)

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