Andrea Cucina
Full Professor, Department of Anthropological Sciences, Autonomous University of Yucatán, Mexico

UC MEXUS residency from August 2014 to July 2015
Andrea Cucina

I am a bioarchaeologist whose primary (though not sole) interest is microevolutionary processes in archaeological human populations. My residency at UC Riverside will allow me to set up the bases for a book on population dynamics among the prehispanic Mayas based on the evidence from dental morphology.


Doctorate degree in Paleopathology (1998), Catholic University of Rome, School of Medicine, Italy. Laurea (honoris) in Biological Sciences with a major in Physical Anthropology, University of Rome La Sapienza. Currently, Full Professor at the School of Anthropological Sciences, Autonomous University of Yucatán in Merida, (Mexico). Member of the National System of Investigators Level II (Mexico).

My main interest is in dental anthropology of extant and recent populations, even though I also carry out research in skeletal biology, paleopathology and biocultural markers. I have carried out field and lab research in Italy, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, Florida, México and Guatemala. Currently, my research focuses on paleodiet, paleopathology, developmental stress and population dynamics, on the ancient Mayas (though not exclusively), and the early colonizers on the New World, as well as on biodistance studies of pre- and proto-historic populations in Europe and South America. I am Book Review Editor of HOMO, Journal of Comparative Human Biology; member of the editorial board of the Journal of Anthropological Sciences. I am member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Society for American Archaeology and the Dental Anthropology Association. I have authored or co-authored more than eighty scientific papers in international journals (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Archaeological Sciences, Latin American Antiquity, NATURE, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, HOMO and more) and edited volumes, as well as edited six books.

Please contact Dr. Cucina at:

Andrea Cucina, PhD. Professor. Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. KM 1 Carretera Merida-Tizimin. Merida, Yucatán, 97305 (Mexico)