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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…
The jury awarded the prize to this American researcher at the proposal of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Department of Ecology of the Universitat de Barcelona to recognize "its comprehensive influence for nearly five decades in a generation of ecologists". Ricklefs footprint in scientific thinking is…
Science publishes today a technical comment led by Sergio Almécija, paleontologist at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP). In this article, the authors refute the arguments previously published by a team at the University of Kent in the same journal, who attributed to the species Australopithecus africanus the…
ICP researcher Marc Furió publishes in the journal Comptes Rendus Palevol an article analyzing the remains ofDinosorex found in the Vallès-Penedès basin. This genus belonging to the order Insectivora is popularly known as the "Terror-shrew" because of its body size and huge incisors. The study reveals that Dinosorex lived in…
The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the largest amphibian in the world (Photo: Egon Heiss) An international team has developed three-dimensional models of the bite of the world's largest living amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander. The study, led by Josep Fortuny, researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel…
3D reconstruction of the skull and brain of Arenysaurus ardevoli Researchers at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) have collaborated in the first three-dimensional reconstruction of the brain of Arenysaurus ardevoli, a European hadrosaur dinosaur species. Cranial material was CT-scanned and intracranial cavity, nerves and even the inner…
Workshops combine both theory and practice sessions (Transmitting Science) The Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and Transmitting Science have collaborated for years to provide a high-quality educational program addressed to active paleontologists and students, as well as researchers and specialists from related disciplines. Several topics are covered that…
Reconstruction of Struthiosaurus (Oscar Sanisidro / ICP) The study of the microstructure of the eggshell of Cairanoolithus conducted by Albert G. Sellés and Angel Galobart, both researchers at the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont (ICP), reveals that this egg type does not belong to sauropod dinosaurs but to ankylosaurs,…
The researcher Miriam Perez de los Rios achieved an excellent “cum laude” for her doctoral dissertation describing the cranial and dental remains of the Miocene hominoid species from Vallès-Penedès basin with the aim to investigate their phylogenetic position. The work was directed by Salvador Moyà-Solà, director of the Catalan Institute…
3D model of the skull of dodo Images generated by a laser scan have provided a new insight to the anatomy of this huge flightless bird, considered to have gone extinct in 1693 due to the arrival of humans to Mauritius. Hanneke Meijer, a postdoctoral researcher at the ICP, presented…

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