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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…
Reconstruction of a dinosaur from the Catalan pre-Pyrenees, about 70 milion years ago. Oscar Sanisidro. ICP A study with extant mammals refutes the hypothesis on which the assumption that dinosaurs were ectotherms was based. The methodology used enables to observe in the bones of mammals whether current environmental changes may…
Image of a tortoise Testudo hermanni by E. Razzetti Researchers at the ICP have diagnosed for the first time details of the morphology of Testudo lunellensis, the fossil tortoise discovered in the paleontological site of Cova de Gràcia, during the construction of Park Güell in Barcelona. The research published in…
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…

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