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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…
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…

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