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Remains of the fossil ape thumb found in the Castell de Barberà site. Upper row, several views of a partial distal phalanx. Lower row, several views of a proximal phalanx. Sergio Almécija. ICP The American Journal of Physical Anthropology published this week in its online edition the work "The Thumb…

Extinction threat to turtles

02 May 2012
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Josep Marmi, in his office at the ICP, with a copy of the book. ICP researchers have participated in the book Turtles: Anatomy, Ecology and Conservation, published by Nova Science Publishers, with a chapter on the evolution and current status of turtles. From the fossil record and contrasting with data…
Histological section of a Myotragus balearicus tooth analyzed in polarized light microscopy. Note the annual growth lines of dental cementum, which is a widely used techniques for estimating age of animals in wild. Xavier Jordana. ICP ICP researchers published today in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B' one of…
Image of a pair of extant moschids, by Sir William Jardine in 1835. In the drawing, the dagger-shaped upper canines, a characteristic of the Moschus genus, are observed. Hispanomeryx andrewsi is the new extinct species of musk deer of the Middle Miocene, described from fossils of the historical collections of…

A primate or a flying lemur?

14 Mar 2012
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Reconstruction of a plesiadapiforme, genus Carpolestes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CarpolestesCL.png ICP researchers publish this week in the ‘Journal of Human Evolution’ the discovery of fossil remains of plesiadapiforme that are unique in Spain. The study of these remains, which were found in the town of Ager and dating back more than 50 million…
Drawing of two teeth of Pseudoloris cuestai from Mazaterón. Marta Palmero. ICP Researchers of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont published this week in the prestigious 'Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology' a new species of primate, Pseudoloris cuestai. The remains recovered in the Mazaterón fossil site (Almazán Basin, Soria) date…
Reconstruction of the turtle Polysternon isonae, from the fossil remains recovered in Isona (Catalonia, Spain). Oscar Sanisidro. Researchers at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), the Museu de la Conca Dellà (MCD) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have published this week in the online edition of…
Tooth cross section of one of the analised micrommamals, Ruscinomys schaubi. Approximate tooth size: 3x2 mm. For many years, palaeontologists have been trying to classify fossil mammals from animal to plant consumers according to a couple of simple distance measurements on their teeth. But these measurements may be strongly misleading,…
Reconstruction of Jordi, in exhibition at the ICP Museum in Sabadell. Laura Celià. ICP This week, a team of researchers at the ICP has published in the prestigious 'Journal of Human Evolution’ an accurate reconstruction of the paleoenvironment where the fossil hominid Hispanopithecus laietanus, popularly known as Jordi, lived in.…
Paleohistological cut. ICP In the article "Scanning the fossil record: stratophenomics and the generation of primary evolutionary-ecological data" by ICP researcher Jan A. van Dam urges researchers in evolutionary biology and ecology to improve and extend their work using paleontological information. The reason for this is not only the richness…

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