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Paleontologist Marta Pina guiding a backhoe in the site (S. Almécija) ICP researchers have finished this past October the campaign at the site of Castell de Barberà. The aim of the performances this year has been to study the area in order to date accurately this site, unique for the…
ICP The new main offices of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology and the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont were inaugurated today at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The new building, unique in Catalonia thanks to the sustainability criteria with which it was constructed, controls its temperature through…
Face of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, found in 2002 in Abocador de de Can Mata (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Anoia). Photo: ICP. Food specialization that allowed the expansion of great apes from Africa to Eurasia 14 million years could also have been responsible of their extinction. A study published today in PLOS…
Ichnites at the El Frontal site (Soria) Laser scanning and photogrammetric techniques were used to analyze a series of dinosaur footprints from the site of El Frontal (in Soria, Spain). The study revealed that some traces do not show the actual morphology of the feet of these animals because its…

David Begun visits the ICP

25 Mar 2014
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Professor David Begun at the ICP David Begun, Professor at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Toronto, visited last week the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP). Begun works with the hypothesis that modern great apes (orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees) including humans, evolved from a common European…

A mobile kneecap for Pau

20 Mar 2014
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Different views of the patella of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus Pierolapithecus catalaunicus (popularly known as Pau) exhibited a wide range of movements at the knee joint, similar to those observed in extant chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. This finding reinforces the hypothesis that this hominid showed orthograde (upright trunk) locomotor behaviors, suitable for…
Researchers at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) have conducted a detailed review of the taxonomy and morphology of the aquatic turtle Ptychogaster (Temnoclemmys) batalleri. This specie has only been identified in Miocene sites in the Vallès-Penedès basin and in the French site of La Grive-St. Alban. The…
Extant macaque (Shawn Allen. Flickr) A study led by David M. Alba, researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), describes the association of the genera Macaca and Mesopithecus for the first time during the Miocene. The finding has been published in the Journal of Human Evolution and…
Diferents vistes de dues falanges distals d'Oreopithecus bambolii The study of the distal phalanx of the thumb of the fossil hominoid Oreopithecus bambolii has revealed that this species had the ability to grasp objects with precision between the fingers like humans do, with a much higher accuracy than the extant…
El fèmur d'Orrorin tugenensis s'ha estudiat amb tècniques de morfometria geomètrica 3D Sergio Almécija, associated researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), publishes today an article in Nature Communications analyzing the femur of Orrorin tugenensis, one of the oldest early humans that lived 6 million years ago…

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