Lumila Menéndez is a bioanthropologist, with a BA in Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Natural science, both from the University of La Plata (Argentina). During her PhD she contributed to discuss the strong impact that nutritional components have on the cranial shape of South American populations. She was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tübingen (Germany), where she is studying the skeletal pattern of the earliest Andean populations living at highlands and currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the KLI. Her main research interest is human evolution, specifically the peopling and concomitant morphological diversification of South America. She investigates this with a particular focus on the impact of non-random factors on the skeleton.