The researchers Kelsey Pugh (City University of New York) and Miyuki Kagaya (Hiroshima University) are visiting the ICP this week to study several fossils from the Institute's collection. Pugh works on the systematics of the Miocene hominoids while Kagaya studies the functional morphology of the upper limbs of apes. Some of the specimens that have planned to study are the post-cranial remains of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus (named “Pau”) and Hispanopithecus laietanus (“Jordi”).

Stuffed specimen of a giant flying squirrel from Japan (Petaurista leucogenys) at the Naturalis Museum in Leiden (Netherlands). (Isaac Casanovas).

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 published in an special issue devoted to the Dutch paleontologist Albert J. Van der Meulen in the scientific journal Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments.

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