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Landscape from the Altai and a Scythian tomb before excavations. Xavier Jordana A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), with the participation of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the…
Tethytragus reconstruction by paleoillustrator Mauricio Antón. ICP researchers document the first remains of the Miocene bovid Tethytragus from the paleontological site Abocador de Can Mata (els Hostalets of Pierola, Barcelona) in the Vallès-Penedès Basin. This finding supports the hypothesis of a faunal exchange between the central basins of the Iberian…
Image of the Guadix Basin. Jorge Garzón http://www.flickr.com/photos/miradasdeandalucia/4167403062/ The Guadix Basin, in the Betic Cordillera, is one of the privileged areas of paleontology of the Iberian Peninsula. The formation of the basin and its evolution over millions of years have left marine and continental sediments of late Miocene to Pleistocene…
The voices calling to know more and better the fossil record in order to understand what is happening today, and to gather more data on which more efficient environmental policies can be based, are increasingly numerous and clear. This relationship between the past and the present, and especially the future,…

The dark side of Pierolapithecus

21 Sep 2012
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Image of the face of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, popularly known as Pau. Salvador Moyà. ICP The discovery of a new fossil hominid in a small town in Barcelona in 2002, specifically in a dump, spread worldwide. Boosted by its publication in Science, Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, popularly known as Pau, has played a…
Jacques Gauthier with ICP researcher Arnau Bolet, our expert in cretaceous lizards. Sílvia Bravo. ICP Jacques Gauthier Professor of Geology and Geophysics and Curator-in-Charge of Vertebrate Paleontology and Curator ofVertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History came to ICP to consult our collections. He was interested in…
The researchers with one of the femurs that have been studied. From left to right, José Ignacio Canudo (UZ), Àngel Galobart (ICP) & Bernat Vila (UZ). Researchers at the ICP have participated in a study led by the Aragosaurus group of the University of Zaragoza, in collaboration with other Catalan,…
The semicircular channels of the inner ear for a couple of the anthropomorphic primates studied The design of the semicircular canals in the ear is very sensitive to the locomotion of extant hominids. This system detects the head rotation and can coordinate posture and body movements, along with other acoustic…

A new CT equipment at the ICP

13 Jul 2012
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The Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont is installing a CT scanner, unique in Spain, on the ground floor of its museum in Sabadell, which will allow looking inside and to the details of fossils over a meter long and up to 500 kg of mass. The device, has been…
Reconstruction of the fossil individual Hispanopithecus laietanus, on the basis of the remains recovered from Can Llobateres. Laura Celià. ICP The journal PLoS ONE published last week the discovery of fossil remains of the hominid Hispanopithecus laietanus at the paleontological site of Can Feu (Sant Quirze del Vallès, Barcelona), in…

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