Aurélien Mounier is a CNRS research fellow in palaeoanthropology based in the Musée de l’Homme in Paris (Histoire Naturelle de l’Homme Préhistorique, UMR 7194). He is also affiliated to the Turkana Basin Institute (Kenya) and the National Museums of Kenya. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of the human family and the evolutionary processes that have shaped our species, Homo sapiens. In this context, he studies the fossil record of the genus Homo using interdisciplinary approaches based on the use of innovative methods and computer tools. He is leading a French archaeological mission in northern Kenya (West Turkana), which aims at strengthening our knowledge on African populations that lived a million years ago. The Trans-Evol archaeological mission is a pluridisciplinary collaboration bringing together 21 international scholars from nine institutions, among which the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford.
Aurélien Mounier is also the President of the Société d’Anthropologie de Paris (i.e. the French Biological Anthropology association) and the Associate Editor in Palaeoanthropology of the Comptes Rendus Palevol, the Earth and Planetary Science journal of the French Académie des sciences.