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Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), have discovered in Vallcebre (Barcelona) an impression fossil with the surface of the skin of a dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous, a period right before their extinction. Its characteristics make it a unique…
An investigation in a quarry at Vale de Meios (Portugal) has revealed more than 80 tracks belonging to carnivorous dinosaurs of the Megalosauridae group. The 700 footprints found are the largest in the Iberian peninsula and could belong to a small number of individuals that consistently fished in the area…
More than 300 years after its extinction, an international team of researchers has published the first three-dimensional online atlas of the skeleton of this flightless bird, an icon among extinct species in recent human history. Despite its presence in popular culture, little is known we know about the anatomy of…

Oldest footprints in Catalonia

11 Feb 2016
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Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Miquel Crusafont Catalan Institute of Palaeontology (ICP), and the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC), working in the Manyanet Valley (Pallars Jussà, Lleida), have identified various tracks made by tetrapod animals between 280 and 290 million years ago, which makes…
The analysis of a dinosaur trackway from the Barranco de la Canal (La Rioja) site reveals an injury in the left foot of an ornithopod dinosaur. The animal performed an abnormal gait probably due to the pain caused by the pathology. The investigation was led by researchers at the ‘Institut…
A team of researchers from the ‘Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont’ describes in the Science magazine the new genus and species, Pliobates cataloniae, based on a skeleton recovered from the landfill of Can Mata (els Hostalets de Pierola, Catalonia, Spain). The fossil remains belong to an adult female individual…
Five species of flying squirrels that coexisted in the Vallès-Penedès basin during the Miocene, about 9.7 million years ago, have been described in the site known as Can Llobateres (in Sabadell, Catalonia). The finding, headed by Isaac Casanovas, researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont , has been…
The jury awarded the prize to this American researcher at the proposal of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Department of Ecology of the Universitat de Barcelona to recognize "its comprehensive influence for nearly five decades in a generation of ecologists". Ricklefs footprint in scientific thinking is…
Science publishes today a technical comment led by Sergio Almécija, paleontologist at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP). In this article, the authors refute the arguments previously published by a team at the University of Kent in the same journal, who attributed to the species Australopithecus africanus the…
ICP researcher Marc Furió publishes in the journal Comptes Rendus Palevol an article analyzing the remains ofDinosorex found in the Vallès-Penedès basin. This genus belonging to the order Insectivora is popularly known as the "Terror-shrew" because of its body size and huge incisors. The study reveals that Dinosorex lived in…

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