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Néstor Hernández Canales

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Research Interests
Forensic Anthropology
Dental Anthropology
Dental Human Variation
Dental morphology

I am an anthropologist who graduated from the University of Concepción in the Bio Bio Region of Chile, with a degree in Physical Anthropology. Throughout my academic journey, I acquired comprehensive knowledge in areas such as Economy Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Archaeology, and the Prehistory of Chile. With a focus on Biological Anthropology, I underwent specialized training in Human Osteology, enabling me to apply this expertise to different contexts both current (forensic) and past (archaeological). In 2018 I came to Portugal to do a postgraduate degree in forensic anthropology and since 2019, I am doing a PhD program in Biological Anthropology at the University of Coimbra, supported by the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) (Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo in spanish) of the Chilean Government.  The main focus of my PhD is the study of the dental morphology of the Christians and Islamic populations during the medieval to modern period of the Iberian Peninsula.

Main Publications

Néstor Hernandez-Canales; Erika Reyes Baeza; Nicole Barreaux Hölf. “Aproximación a la causa y/o circunstancia de muerte en Antropologia Forense”. Investigación ForenseVI (2017).

Research Projects

Coexistence in times of conflict: Characterization of Muslim and Christian populations in Portugal from the medieval to the modern period using dental morphology; funded by ANID fellowship/PhD abroad 2020-72210334.