Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

The ICP is a public research center from the CERCA institution (Research Centers of Catalonia) established as a non-profit foundation endowed with public funds and patronized by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The mission of the ICP consists in performing research in vertebrate and human paleontology at the highest international level, as well as to promote the conservation and dissemination of the paleontological heritage from Catalonia. This web portal contains the scientific production of the ICP, organized in the following categories:

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2019-01-15
15:42
8 p, 1.1 MB Selective single molecule sequencing and assembly of a human Y chromosome of African origin / Kuderna, Lukas F. K. (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Lizano, Esther (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Julià, Eva (Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques) ; Gómez-Garrido, Jessica (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Serres-Armero, Aitor (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Kuhlwilm, Martin (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Antoni Alandes, Regina (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Alvarez-Estape, Marina (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; David Juan (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Simon, Heath (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Alioto, Tyler (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Gut, Marta (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Gut, Ivo (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Heide Schierup, Mikkel (Aarhus University. Bioinformatics Research Center) ; Fornas, Oscar (Centre de Regulació Genòmica) ; Marquès i Bonet, Tomàs, 1975- (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Mammalian Y chromosomes are often neglected from genomic analysis. Due to their inherent assembly difficulties, high repeat content, and large ampliconic regions, only a handful of species have their Y chromosome properly characterized. [...]
2019 - 10.1038/s41467-018-07885-5
Nature communications, Vol. 10 (January 2019) , art. 4  
2019-01-07
13:11
34 p, 27.5 MB Remains of Leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, at Mid-Late Holocene archaeological sites in coastal Oman: clues of past worlds / Delfino, Massimo (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Frazier, John G. (Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of Natural History) ; Azzarà, Valentina (Leiden University. Faculty of Archaeology) ; Munoz, Olivia (Leiden University. Faculty of Archaeology) ; Gianni Marcucci,Lapo (University of Bologna. Department of History and Cultures) ; Badel, Emilie (Leiden University. Faculty of Archaeology) ; Genchi, Francesco (University of Bologna. Department of History and Cultures) ; Cattani, Maurizio (University of Bologna. Department of History and Cultures) ; Tosi, Maurizio (University of Bologna. Department of History and Cultures)
Small, irregular isolated bones identified as remains of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) were recovered from Mid to Late Holocene sites at Ra’s al-Hamra and Ra’s al-Hadd, coastal Oman. [...]
2018 - 10.7717/peerj.6123
PeerJ, Vol. 6 (December 2018) , art. e6123  
2018-12-18
10:42
3 p, 871.9 KB Quan els macacos vivien a la península Ibèrica / Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Un equip de paleontòlegs liderats pel Director de l’Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), David M. Alba, ha descrit a la revista Journal of Human Evolution restes dentàries de fa 5 milions d’anys que representen el registre més antic de macacos a la península Ibèrica després de la Crisi de Salinitat Messiniana de finals del Miocè.
2018
UAB divulga, Desembre 2018, p. 1-3  
2018-12-10
10:56
Can Pallars i Llobateres : A new hominoid-bearing locality from the late Miocene of the Vallès-Penedès Basin (NE Iberian Peninsula) / Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Casanovas i Vilar, Isaac (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Furió, Marc (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; García-Paredes, Israel (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Angelone, Chiara (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Jovells-Vaqué, Sílvia (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Luján, Àngel H. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont 0000-0003-1844-0453) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Moyà-Solà, Salvador (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
In the Iberian Peninsula, Miocene apes (Hominoidea) are generally rare and mostly restricted to the Vallès-Penedès Basin. Here we report a new hominoid maxillary fragment with M2 from this basin. It was surface-collected in March 2017 from the site of Can Pallars i Llobateres (CPL, Sant Quirze del Vallès), where fossil apes had not been previously recorded. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.jhevol.2018.04.008
Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 121 (August 2018) , p. 193-203  
2018-12-06
21:22
46 p, 10.3 MB Revision of Varanus marathonensis (Squamata, Varanidae) based on historical and new material: morphology, systematics, and paleobiogeography of the European monitor lizards / Villa, Andrea (Università degli Studi di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra) ; Abella, Juan (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Bolet Mercadal, Arnau (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Koufos,George D. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Laboratory of Geology and Paleontology) ; Knoll, Fabien (University of Manchester. School of Earth & Environmental Sciences) ; Luján, Àngel H. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Morales, Jorge (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC)) ; Robles Giménez, Josep Maria (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Sánchez, Israel M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Delfino, Massimo (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Monitor lizards (genus Varanus) inhabited Europe at least from the early Miocene to the Pleistocene. Their fossil record is limited to about 40 localities that have provided mostly isolated vertebrae. [...]
2018 - 10.1371/journal.pone.0207719
Plos One, Vol. 13, Núm. 12 (December 2018) , art. e0207719  
2018-12-05
10:04
12 p, 1.7 MB Giant tortoise genomes provide insights into longevity and age-related disease / Quesada, Víctor (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Freitas Rodríguez, Sandra (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Miller, Joshua (Yale University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) ; Pérez-Silva, José G. (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Jiang, Zi-Feng (The University of Chicago. Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology) ; Tapia, Washington (Galapagos Islands. Galapagos National Park Directorate) ; Santiago-Fernández, Olaya (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Campos-Iglesias, Diana (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Kuderna, Lukas F. K. (Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC)) ; Quinzin, Maud (Yale University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) ; Álvarez, Miguel G. (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Carrero, Dido (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Beheregaray, Luciano B. (Flinders University. College of Science and Engineering) ; Gibbs, James P. (State University of New York. College of Environmental Science and Forestry) ; Chiari, Ylenia (University of South Alabama. Department of Biology) ; Glaberman, Scott (University of South Alabama. Department of Biology) ; Ciofi, Claudio (University of Florence. Department of Biology) ; Araujo-Voces, Miguel (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Mayoral, Pablo (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Arango, Javier R. (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Tamargo-Gómez, Isaac (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Roiz-Valle, David (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Pascual-Torner, María (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Evans, Benjamin R. (Yale University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) ; Edwards, Danielle L. (University of California. School of Natural Sciences) ; Garrick, Ryan C. (University of Mississippi. Department of Biology) ; Russello, Michael A. (The University of British Columbia. Department of Biology) ; Poulakakis, Nikos (University of Crete. Department of Biology) ; Gaughran, Stephen J. (Yale University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) ; Rueda, Danny O. (Galapagos Islands. Galapagos National Park Directorate) ; Bretones, Gabriel (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular) ; Marquès i Bonet, Tomàs, 1975- (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; White, Kevin P. (The University of Chicago. Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology) ; ;
Giant tortoises are among the longest-lived vertebrate animals and, as such, provide an excellent model to study traits like longevity and age-related diseases. However, genomic and molecular evolutionary information on giant tortoises is scarce. [...]
2018 - 10.1038/s41559-018-0733-x
Nature Ecology & Evolution, (December 2018)  
2018-12-03
13:15
13 p, 1.7 MB Genomes reveal marked differences in the adaptive evolution between orangutan species / Mattle-Greminger, Maja P. (University of Zurich. Department of Anthropology) ; Bilgin Sonay, Tugce (University of Zurich. Department of Anthropology) ; Nater, Alexander (University of Zurich. Department of Anthropology) ; Pybus, Marc (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Institut de Biologia Evolutiva) ; Desai, Tariq (University of Cambridge. Department of Genetics) ; Valles, Guillem de (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Institut de Biologia Evolutiva) ; Casals, Ferran (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Servei de Genòmica) ; Scally, Aylwyn (University of Cambridge. Department of Genetics) ; Bertranpetit, Jaume (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Institut de Biologia Evolutiva) ; Marquès i Bonet, Tomàs, 1975- (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; van Schaik, Carel P. (University of Zurich. Department of Anthropology) ; Anisimova, Maria (Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW) ; Krützen, Michael (University of Zurich. Department of Anthropology)
Background: Integrating demography and adaptive evolution is pivotal to understanding the evolutionary history and conservation of great apes. However, little is known about the adaptive evolution of our closest relatives, in particular if and to what extent adaptions to environmental differences have occurred. [...]
2018 - 10.1186/s13059-018-1562-6
Genome Biology, Vol. 19 (Novembre 2018) , art. 193  
2018-11-21
11:46
15 p, 3.6 MB Bone histology provides insights into the life history mechanisms underlying dwarfing in hipparionins / Orlandi Oliveras, Guillem (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Nacarino Meneses, Carmen (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Köhler, Meike (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Size shifts may be a by-product of alterations in life history traits driven by natural selection. Although this approach has been proposed for islands, it has not yet been explored in continental faunas. [...]
2018 - 10.1038/s41598-018-35347-x
Scientific Reports, Vol. 8 (November 2018) , p. 17203  
2018-10-16
11:38
3 p, 477.0 KB Descobert un rar pterosaure triàsic a Utah / Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont
Un equip internacional de paleontòlegs amb la participació de Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, investigador associat de l'Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) i reconegut especialista en pterosaures, han descrit l’espècie Caelestiventus hanseni de fa uns 200 milions d'anys antiguitat. [...]
2018
UAB divulga, Setembre 2018, p. 1-3  
2018-10-11
16:35
48 p, 6.4 MB Oldest skeleton of a fossil flying squirrel casts new light on the phylogeny of the group / Casanovas i Vilar, Isaac (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Garcia‐Porta, Joan (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals) ; Fortuny Terricabras, Josep (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Sanisidro, Oscar (University of Kansas. Biodiversity Institute) ; Prieto, Jerome (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften) ; Querejeta, Marina (Bavarian State Collection of Zoology) ; Llàcer, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Robles Giménez, Josep Maria (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Bernardini, Federico (Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi) ; Alba, David (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Flying squirrels are the only group of gliding mammals with a remarkable diversity and wide geographical range. However, their evolutionary story is not well known. Thus far, identification of extinct flying squirrels has been exclusively based on dental features, which, contrary to certain postcranial characters, are not unique to them. [...]
2018 - 10.7554/eLife.39270
eLife, Vol. 7 (October 2018) , art. e39270
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