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The director of the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (IBE, CISC-UPF), ICREA research professor and associate researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) has obtained a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The researcher will receive a grant of 1.896.875 euros to carry out, over five…
An international team of paleontologists including Borja Holgado and Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, associate researchers at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), has described a new genus and species of pterosaur, Mimodactylus libanensis. It is based on the most complete skeleton of these extinct animals ever discovered from…
Guillem Orlandi, researcher at the Evolutionary Paleobiology group of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), achieved an excelent for his doctoral dissertation to get his doctorate in biology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Orlandi has focused his work on the life history of the hipparionins, a group…
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…

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