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Alvaro M. Monge Calleja

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Research Interests
Indivíduos não-adultos
diagnóstico diferencial

Graduated in Biology in 2013 from the University of Salamanca, with a master’s degree in Evolution and Human Biology (2015), a postgraduate degree in Forensic Anthropology (2016) and a PhD in Biological Anthropology (2022) at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra, I have experience in the analysis of bone tissue biology, focusing my work in the field of Paleopathology. The main scope of my research targets fetal, infant, and juvenile human remains, with special interest in the pathophysiological differentiation of subperiosteal new bone and extracortical porosity. I combine these approaches with historical and biocultural sources, together with complementary, innovative, and non-destructive laboratory techniques: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), etc. My predilection for metabolic bone diseases and their synergistic, antagonistic and cyclic connections with infections and traumas has motivated other parallel studies: paleodietes, paleoparasitology and dental calculus analysis.

Main Publications

Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Luna, Leandro H.; Aranda, Claudia M.; Santos, Ana Luísa. “Sex estimation in non-adults under 12 years-old: insights, drawbacks and future”. Anthropologischer Anzeiger (2022): Aceptado para su publicación.

Godinho, Ricardo Miguel; Magalhães, Bruno M.; Jesus, Roger Lee Pessoa de; Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Pereira Coutinho, António Xavier; Toso, Alice; Sianto, Luciana; et al. “SAND: Alguns resultados bioantropológicos preliminares do projecto de investigação.”, Scientia Antiquitatis – IV Jornadas de Arqueologia do Norte Alentejano, 2022.


Zdral, Sofía; Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Catarino, Lidia; Curate, Francisco; Santos, Ana Luisa. “Elemental Composition in Female Dry Femora Using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF): Association with Age and Osteoporosis”. Calcified Tissue International, 109 (2) (2021): 231-240.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00223-021-00840-5

Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Pereira Coutinho, António Xavier; Santos, Ana Luísa. “Novo método de extração de amidos do cálculo dentário e criação de uma coleção identificada para a reconstrução das dietas do passado”. Antropologia Portuguesa, 37 (2020): 99-129.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.14195/2182-7982_37_5

Luna, Leandro H.; Aranda, Claudia M.; Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Santos, Ana Luísa. “Test of the auricular surface sex estimation method in fetuses and non-adults under 5 years old from the Lisbon and Granada Reference Collections”. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 135 3 (2020): 993-1003.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00414-020-02431-9

Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Aranda, Claudia M.; Santos, Ana Luísa; Luna, Leandro H.. “Evaluation of the auricular surface method for non-adult sex estimation on the Lisbon documented collection”. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 172 3 (2020): 500-510.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24012

Monge Calleja, Álvaro M.; Sarkic, Natasa; López, Jesus Herrerín; Antunes, WilsonD.T.; Pereira, Manuel F.C.; Matos, António Pedro Alves de; Santos, Ana Luísa. “A possible Echinococcus granulosus calcified cyst found in a medieval adult female from the churchyard of Santo Domingo de Silos (Prádena del Rincón, Madrid, España)”. International Journal of Paleopathology 16 (2017): 5-13.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpp.2017.01.005

Monge Calleja, Álvaro M. “A investigação criminal face à Globalização e o Cibercrime”, Revista de Investigação Criminal, 2017.