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.

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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