Silvia Jovells-Vaqué, researcher at the Paleoecology and Biochronology Research Group of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), defended today her doctoral thesis on the Miocene rodents from the Vallès-Penedès basin. Her work, which has been directed by Isaac Casanovas-Vilar (ICP), has analyzed more than 1000 fossil remains of this group from between 19 and 15 million years ago.
Sílvia Jovells-Vaqué, investigadora del Grup de Recerca de Paleoecologia i Biocronologia de l’Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), ha defensat avui la seva tesi doctoral sobre els rosegadors del Miocè de la conca del Vallès-Penedès. El seu treball, que ha estat dirigit per Isaac Casanovas-Vilar (ICP), ha analitzat més de 1000 restes fòssils d’aquest grup de fa entre 19 i 15 milions d’anys.
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 and Africa, but in the Miocene they were recorded in Europe. The specimen represents the first record of fossil pangolins in the Iberian Peninsula and has been assigned to the extinct genus Necromanis, which retains several primitive features compared to extant genera.