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Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

“Evolution is a tinkerer.”
Francois Jacob.

Soledad De Esteban Trivigno Transmitting Science

At the end of my degree I became fascinated by xenarthrans, as they are so unique, mostly unknown, strange mammals. In consequence, I did my PhD developing ecomorphological analysis (using geometric morphometrics) and body mass estimation on mainly Pleistocene gliptodonts and ground sloths. As so many ecological and physiological characteristics correlate with body mass, accurate estimations are very important in palaeontology.

Despite my personal obsession with xenarthrans, I like to collaborate with colleagues working with other vertebrates, always a good occasion to get new points of view and to learn more about animal diversity and evolution.

In 2012 I started with two friends the project of Transmitting Science. Working outside the Academia, but tightly involved with it, has been (and is) an amazing experience that allows me to learn, interact with a lot of very nice and interesting people, and to work hand by hand with an awesome team :).

Research topics: Body mass estimation, geometric morphometrics, finite element analysis, comparative phylogenetic methods, ecomorphology, functional analysis, Xenarthra.

Contact: soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.com

Educational background

  •  B.Sc.: Biology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2001.
  • PhD: Biology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2008.
  • Postdoc: Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), Barcelona, Spain, 2008-2010.

Current position

Scientific Director at Transmitting Science / Collaborator at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP).

Selected publications

  • Marcé-Nogué, J., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Püschel, T., Fortuny, J. 2017. The intervals method: a new approach to analyse finite element outputs using multivariate statistics. PeerJ. 5: e3793.
  • Minwer-Barakat, R., Marigó, J., Femenias-Gualm, J., Costeur, L., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Moyà-Solà, S. 2017. Microchoerus hookeri nov. Sp., a new late Eocene European microchoerine (Omomyidae, Primates): New insights on the evolution of the genus Microchoerus. Journal of Human Evolution, 42: 66.
  • Marcé-Nogué, J., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Escrig, C., Gil, L. 2016.  Accounting for differences in element size and homogeneity when comparing Finite Element Models: Armadillos as a case study. Palaeontologia Electronica, 19.2.2T.
  • Fortuny, J., Marcé-Nogué, J., Steyer, J-S., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Mujal, E., Gil, L. 2016. Comparative 3D analyses and palaeoecology of giant early amphibians (Temnospondyli: Stereospondyli). Scientific Reports, 6:  30387.
  • Marcé-Nogué, J. Fortuny, J., S. De Esteban-Trivigno, M. Sánchez, Ll. Gil, À. Galobart. 2015. 3D computational mechanics elucidate the evolutionary implications of orbit position and size diversity of early amphibians. PlosOne, 10(6): e0131320.
  • Blanco, A. Prieto-Márquez, S. De Esteban-Trivigno. 2015. Diversity of hadrosauroid dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous Ibero-Armorican Island (European Archipelago) assessed from dentary morphology. Cretaceous Research, 56:447-457.
  • Serrano-Fochs, S. De Esteban-Trivigno, J. Marcé-Nogué, J. Fortuny, R. A. Fariña. 2015. Finite Element Analysis of the Cingulata Jaw: An Ecomorphological Approach to Armadillo’s Diets. PlosOne, 10 (4), e0120653.
  • Marcé-Nogué, J., DeMiguel, D., Fortuny, J., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Gil, L. 2013. Quasi-homothetic transformation for comparing the mechanical performance of planar models in biological research. Palaeontologia Electronica, 16, (3); 6T; 15p. Download.
  • Robles, J.M., Alba, D., Fortuny, F., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Rotgers, C., Balaguer, J., Carmona, R., Galindo, J., Almécija, S., Bertó, J.V., Moyà-Solà, S. 2013. New craniodental remains of the barbourofelid Albanosmilus jourdani (Filhol, 1883) from the Miocene of the Vallès-Penedès Basin (NE Iberian Peninsula) and the phylogeny of the Barbourofelini. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. DOI:10.1080/14772019.2012.724090. Download.
  • Ibañez-Gimeno, P., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Jordana, X., Manyosa, J., Malgossa, A. and Galtés, I. 2013. Functional plasticity of the human humerus: Shape, rigidity, and muscular entheses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150 (4): 609-617.
  • Minwer-Barakat, R., Madurell, J., Alba, D., Aurell, J., De Esteban-Trivigno, S., Moyà-Solà, S. 2011. Pleistocene rodents from the Torrent de Vallparadís section (Terrassa, northeastern Spain) and biochronological implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31(4): 849-865.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno, S. 2011. Ecomorfología de xenarthros extintos a través del análisis de la mandíbula con métodos de morfometría geométrica. Ameghiniana, 48 (3): 381-398.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno, S. 2011. Buscando patrones ecomorfológicos comunes entre ungulados actuales y xenartros extintos. Ameghiniana, 48 (2): 177-188.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno, S. and Köhler, M. 2011. New equations for body mass estimation in bovids: Testing some procedures when constructing regression functions. Mammalian Biology, 76 (6): 755-761.
  • Fortuny, J., Marcé-Nogué J., De Esteban-Trivigno S., Gil L. and Galobart A. 2011. Temnospondyli bite club: Ecomorphological patterns of the most diverse group of early tetrapods. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 2040-2054.
  • Moyà-Solà S., Alba D.M., Almécija S., Casanovas-Vilar I., Köhler M., De Esteban-Trivigno S., Robles J.M., Galindo, J., Fortuny, J. 2009. A unique Middle Miocene European hominoid and the origins of the great ape and human clade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(24): 9601-9606.
  • Köhler, M., Moyá-Solá, S. and De Esteban-Trivigno, S. 2008. Morphological variables and associated individual body weight for bovids. New equations for body mass predictions. Mitt. hamb. zool. Mus. Inst., 105: 103-136.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno. S., Mendoza, M. and De Renzi, M. 2008. Body mass estimation in Xenarthra: Predictive equations suitable for all quadrupedal terrestrial placentals? Journal of Morphology, 269: 1276-1293.


  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology (2019-2022).
  • Introducción al Análisis Estadístico en Biociencias (2013, 2015, 2019-2022) Transmitting Science).
  • Introducción a la Estadística Multivariante, short course (2012, Transmitting Science).
  • Morfometría Geométrica para principiantes, short course (2014, 2016, Transmitting Science).
  • Master of Palaeontology (2016 – nowadays, Universitat de València, UV).
  • Master of Palaeontology (2008-2020, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB).
  • Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics, short course (2011, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP).
  • Geology (2005-2006, Universitat de València, UV).
  • Oceanography for ambiental sciences (2005-2006, Universitat de València, UV).

Member of the following societies

  • European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP).
  • European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB).
  • Sociedad Española de Paleontología (SEP).
  • Societat Catalana de Biologia (SCB).
  • The Palaeontological Association (PalAss)
  • Eixarcolant