Human activity and the extinction of the last wild equids in Europe22 May 2023
The journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology has published a study on the role of major climatic changes and human activity in the extinction of Europe’s last wild equids, the wild horse (Equus ferus) and the wild donkey (Equus hydruntinus). The research, which included the participation of Daniel DeMiguel, research associate at…
The ICP team grows with four new hires thanks to the “Primera Experiència” Program19 Apr 2023
Last March, the Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP) hired four young people to join its team under the Primera Experiència Professional program in Public Administration.
One-million-year-old boars and bisons are the subject of a PdD thesis17 Apr 2023
In late March, Italian researcher Leonardo Sorbelli defended his PhD thesis conducted over the past few years at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont. The PhD candidate was awarded with the highest score for his research on suids and bovids from several early and middle Pleistocene sites in Catalonia…
Giant amphibians swam like crocodiles 250 million years ago30 Mar 2023
Research published in the journal PLOS ONE has shed light on the locomotion of large-bodied rhinesuchid amphibians. This research shows that these animals, which were the dominant predators in freshwater ecosystems more than 250 million years ago, swam in a manner similar to extant crocodiles. The investigation has focused on…
BRIDGES 2022: BRIDGES 2022: a landmark meeting to promote a fairer scientific system and a more diverse academic environment
BRIDGES 2022: BRIDGES 2022: a landmark meeting to promote a fairer scientific system and a more diverse academic environment13 Sep 2022
From 12 to 16 de September, the first international online and onsite conference BRIDGES 2022 will be held in Gandía. It is a landmark meeting to promote a fairer scientific system and a more diverse academic environment.
An overlooked Jurassic Park of lizards03 May 2022
New research published today in eLife by researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and the University of Bristol (UB) moves back the moment of the radiation of squamates ―the group of reptiles that includes lizards, snakes and worm lizards― to the Jurassic, a long time before…
Described a new large titanosaurian dinosaur from the Pyrenees07 Feb 2022
The skeleton of Abditosaurus kuehnei is the most complete titanosaur fossil discovered so far in Europe. This herbivorous dinosaur was about 18 meters in length and weighted 14 tons. The research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution is led by researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and…
110-million-year amber reveals an unexpected lizard04 Feb 2022
The amber “stone” from Myanmar includes an extraordinarily well-preserved skeleton of a new Cretacic species of lizard. The international research team included Arnau Bolet, a paleontologist at the Institut Catala de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP).
The slow pace of life of the Sicilian dwarf elephant24 Nov 2021
A paleohistological study provides evidence that this species attained maturity at the age of 15 years and had a minimum lifespan of 68 years. This dwarf elephant P. falconeri is an iconic example of how faunas evolve in islands. The research led by the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont…
The vertebral air cavities of large pterosaurs disclose key adaptations for flight27 Sep 2021
A new study published in Scientific Reports by an international research team led by paleontologists from the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil), the Museu Nacional of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (Germany), the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de…