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A PNAS study led by the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) analyzed the kinship between two Miocene great apes (Hispanopithecus and Rudapithecus) based on the morphology of their inner ear semicircular canals. This anatomical structure has revealed to be very informative in reconstructing phylogenetic relationships between fossil primate…
Changes in the diet of the ruminant Micromeryx, an extinct musk deer that inhabited the same areas as hominoids and pliopithecoids during the Miocene, reveal that these extinct primates lived in different habitats in Catalonia as a result of their different food preferences and locomotion behaviors. Changes in vegetation due…
A new Nature study reveals that lagerpetids —an ancient group of small reptiles that lived about 237-210 million years ago— are more closely related to pterosaurs (flying reptiles) than any other known group in the animal kingdom. The recent discovery of lagerpetid skull, mandible and forelimb remains from America and…
A new Science study shows that albanerpetontids, a group of rare extinct amphibians that lived more than 100 million years ago, were sit-and-wait hunters that snatched preys with a projectile firing of their tongue. A set of fossils from modern-day Myanmar preserved in amber represent the new species Yaksha perettii…
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…
A new study led by Borja Holgado, research collaborator at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), brings a new focus on the understanding of anhanguerids, a lineage of large toothed pterosaurs characterized by blade-like crests at the tip of their snouts. The research has been published in Acta…
A study led by Albert G. Sellés, researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), describes the new species Ogresuchus furatus from fossil remains found in Coll de Nargó (Catalonia, Spain). It was a quite small crocodile that could have fed on dinosaur hatchlings. The fossil was stolen…
Joan Femenias, researcher at the Paleoprimatology and Paleoanthropology Group of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), defended his doctoral PhD thesis on this small 50-million-years-old primate of about. The analyzed fossil remains were obtained from the ICP collections as well as from prospecting and sampling campaigns in the…
A new study led by Albert Prieto-Marquez, ‘Ramón y Cajal’ researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) sheds light on how the iconic frill of the ceratopsians (a group that includes the well-known three-horned Triceratops) evolved through the 65 million years of existence of these animals. The…
The extinct African crocodile species Crocodylus checchiai may be closely related to American crocodile species alive today, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The findings suggest that crocodiles may have migrated from Africa to America during the Late Miocene epoch (11–5 million years ago). The research has been…

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