I am a Geologist and Palaeontologist specialised in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Vertebrate Taphonomy and Geoarchaeology, with keen interest in Cenozoic vertebrate sites, both archaeological and palaeontological.

My greatest interest as a researcher is the symbiosis between Taphonomy and Geoarchaeology, since the combination of these two disciplines provides excellent tools to analyse site formation.

Furthermore, I am interested in the use of modern field techniques along with classical geological field techniques, with GIS and 3D modelling of the data recovered.


I am currently working at the National Natural Sciences Museum – CSIC, analysing the fossil remains of two Batallones Butte Miocene sites (Batallones-3 and Batallones-10, Madrid, Spain), combining geology and taphonomy for my PhD under supervision of Dr. Jorge Morales and Dr. M. Soledad Domingo.

I am also lucky enough to be involved as a geoarchaeologist in Pleistocene archaeological sites in Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), Nasera Soit (Tanzania) and Calvero de la Higuera (Spain).

Latest Publications

David M. Martín Perea; Omid Fesharaki; M. Soledad Domingo; Sara Gamboa; Manuel Hernández Fernández. Messor barbarus ants as soil bioturbators: Implications for granulometry, mineralogical composition and fossil remains extraction in Somosaguas Site (Madrid basin, Spain). Catena. 172, pp. 664 – 677. 2019.

M. Soledad Domingo; Enrique Cantero; Isabel Garcia Real; Manuel J. Chamorro Sancho; David M. Martin Perea; M. Teresa Alberdi; Jorge Morales. First radiological study of a complete dental ontogeny sequence of an extinct equid: Implications for equidae life history and taphonomy. Scientific Reports. 8 – 1, pp. 1 – 11. 2018.

David Uribelarrea; David M. Martín-Perea; Fernando Díez-Martín; Policarpo Sánchez-Yustos; Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo; Enrique Baquedano; Audax Mabulla. A reconstruction of the paleolandscape during the earliest Acheulian of FLK West: The co-existence of Oldowan and Acheulian industries during lowermost Bed II (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 488, pp. 50 – 58. 2017.

DigApp and TaphonomApp

We have created two new paleontological and archaeological mobile applications, DigApp and TaphonomApp!

DigApp is intended to aid data collection in archaeological and palaeontological excavations. Online, Offline and an “Easy to Use” version of DigApp have been created to fit all needs.

TaphonomApp has been created in order to assist taphonomists while carrying out taphonomical analyses, making data collection quicker, homogeneous and overall more efficient.

DigApp and TaphonomApp are free and open access software, and can be easily modified by the user. These apps are made open source and free of charge subject to the condition that the original source is referenced in all publications which utilise it.