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The new genus and species Aquilarhinus palimentus, or ‘shovel-chinned eagle nose’, is a primitive duck-billed dinosaur that lived 80 million years ago. This dinosaur has been named for its aquiline nose and wide lower jaw, shaped like two trowels laid side by side. The skull is very complete and was…
An international team led by Borja Holgado, associate researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) in collaboration with Aragosaurus-IUCA research group from the Universidad de Zaragoza, has described a new species of flying reptile, Iberodactylus andreui. It is a 4 m wingspan piscivorous pterosaur which lived in…
Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont have evaluated the body size evolution of Mikrotia magna, a giant rat which dwelled in the paleoisland of Gargano during Late Miocene. The results show a clear increase of body size through its insular evolution.…
The Basturs Poble site (Pallars Jussà, Lleida) is the most important site in Europe when it comes to hadrosaur remains. The site has yielded over 1000 fossils, all probably pertaining to the same species. Now, the journal PLOS ONE publishes the most complete study of fossils recovered from the site…
An international team of researchers led by Isaac Casanovas, from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), describes in eLife journal the first fossil skeleton of a flying squirrel. It belongs to the species Miopetaurista neogrivensis, it is 11.6 million years old and is the oldest-known flying squirrel. The…
Researchers from the Stony Brook University and the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) analyze in an article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) how the morphology of toes changed to allow bipedal locomotion in earlier hominins. The study also reveals that the big toe…
An international team of paleontologists including Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, associated researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and a renowned pterosaur specialists, have described the over 200-million-year-old new species Caelestiventus hanseni. Triassic pterosaurs remains are extremely rare and mostly flattened by crushing but the fossils recovered…
A study led by Albert Prieto-Márquez, researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), has analyzed the remains of 15 skeletons of perinatal individuals of the duck-billed dinosaur Maiasaura peeblesorum. These fossils were excavated 40 years ago in a 77 million years ago strata in Montana (USA), but…
On 28 March 2018 the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) received the "HR Excellence in Research" award. This award and its logo reflect the ICP commitment to the policies and practices of The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) in line with the European Charter for Researchers and…
A team of paleontologists led by the Director of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), David M. Alba, has reported in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology a 16-million-year-old pangolin femur from the site of Can Cerdà in the Vallès-Penedès Basin (NE Iberian Peninsula). Pangolins currently live in Asia…

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