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Julio Mercader is the Principal Investigator of his research group. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology with the Department of Archaeology, at the University of Calgary, and obtained a Ph. D. in Prehistory from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 1997. Since then he has worked and taught in various universities and research institutes prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2003. His main interests are the archaeology of tropical rainforests and woodlands, Human Origins, African Stone Age, Paleolithic Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Paleoethnobotany. His research in Africa started in 1993 focusing on the Later Stone Age of the Ituri rainforest in the former Zaire. He is an active fieldworker and has conducted survey and excavation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Mozambique. Currently, his research focuses on the Middle Stone Age from the Niassa Rift, Mozambique.