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Fossil remains of the dentition of several individuals of Amphiperatherium frequens, from Ribesalbes-Alcora Basin in Castelló. Marc Furió. ICP The fossil remains of Amphiperatherium frequens recovered from Ribesalbes-Alcora Basin in Castellón are the southernmost occurrence in Europe. This marsupial, the last on our continent, became extinct about 14 million years…
Cover of the journal Nature. http://www.nature.com An international team of 22 researchers published on Thursday in Nature an article warning to politicians and society that we could be approaching a sudden change in the biosphere, with destructive consequences for biodiversity. This work is based on the knowledge of the several…

The capitosaur bite

31 May 2012
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Reconstruction of the capitosaur Calmasuchus acri. Mauricio Anton. ICP Capitosaurs were active predators with masticatory capabilities similar to those of some crocodiles. These are the results of the research recently published in the journal The Anatomical Record, signed by researchers of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) in…
Reconstruction of Jucaraseps grandipes. Jucaraseps grandipes is the name of the new genus and species of Cretaceous lizard that has recently been published in the journal Palaeontology. This is an extinct tiny lizard, of about 27 mm in length (excluding tail) and less than one gram of mass, which articulated…
Drawing of a human elbow and forearm. . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gray420.png The online edition of The Anatomical Record has recently published results of a research identifying design features that distinguish, from the observation of a fragment of a humerus, if this bone belongs to a human or to a great ape. This…
Remains of the fossil ape thumb found in the Castell de Barberà site. Upper row, several views of a partial distal phalanx. Lower row, several views of a proximal phalanx. Sergio Almécija. ICP The American Journal of Physical Anthropology published this week in its online edition the work "The Thumb…

Extinction threat to turtles

02 May 2012
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Josep Marmi, in his office at the ICP, with a copy of the book. ICP researchers have participated in the book Turtles: Anatomy, Ecology and Conservation, published by Nova Science Publishers, with a chapter on the evolution and current status of turtles. From the fossil record and contrasting with data…
Histological section of a Myotragus balearicus tooth analyzed in polarized light microscopy. Note the annual growth lines of dental cementum, which is a widely used techniques for estimating age of animals in wild. Xavier Jordana. ICP ICP researchers published today in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B' one of…
Image of a pair of extant moschids, by Sir William Jardine in 1835. In the drawing, the dagger-shaped upper canines, a characteristic of the Moschus genus, are observed. Hispanomeryx andrewsi is the new extinct species of musk deer of the Middle Miocene, described from fossils of the historical collections of…

A primate or a flying lemur?

14 Mar 2012
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Reconstruction of a plesiadapiforme, genus Carpolestes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CarpolestesCL.png ICP researchers publish this week in the ‘Journal of Human Evolution’ the discovery of fossil remains of plesiadapiforme that are unique in Spain. The study of these remains, which were found in the town of Ager and dating back more than 50 million…


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