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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2024-02-26
11:13
New remains of the Miocene great ape Anoiapithecus brevirostris from Abocador de Can Mata / Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Bouchet, Florian (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Fortuny, Josep (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Robles Gimenez, Josep Maria (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Galindo, Jordi (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Luján, Àngel H. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Moyà Solà, Salvador (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Animal, de Biologia Vegetal i d'Ecologia) ; Zanolli, Clément (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Université de Bordeaux)
2024 - 10.1016/j.jhevol.2024.103497
Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 188 (March 2024) , art. 103497  
2024-02-19
12:14
13 p, 398.3 KB Neogene Mammal Sites in Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara, Spain) : Correlation to Other Karstic Sites of the Iberian Chain, and their Geoheritage Values / Morales, Jorge (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Peláez-Campomanes, Pablo (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Pérez, Patricia (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Alberdi, Mª Teresa (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Azanza, Beatriz (Universidad de Zaragoza. Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra) ; Pickford, Martin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Sorbonne Universités) ; Ríos, María (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Sanisidro, Oscar (University of Kansas. Biodiversity Institute) ; Alcalde, Gema (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Cantalapiedra, Juan L. (Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. Museum für Naturkunde) ; Fraile, Susana (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; García-Yelo, Blanca (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Gómez Cano, Ana Rosa (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Hernández-Ballarín, Verónica (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Oliver, Adriana (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Cantero, Enrique (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - CSIC) ; Valenciano, Alberto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Departamento de Geología Sedimentaria y Cambio Medioambiental) ; Montoya, Plinio (Universitat de València. Departament de Botànica i Geologia)
Corral de Lobato, a karstic site in the area of Molina de Aragón has been studied in a preliminary way. Even though there are not many Neogene karstic sites in the Iberian Chain, they occur in four clusters, with ages ranging from latest middle Miocene (MN7/8) to early Pleistocene (MN17). [...]
2018 - 10.1007/s12371-018-0294-z
Geoheritage, Vol. 10, Issue 3 (September 2018) , p. 353-362  
2024-02-15
11:36
18 p, 4.5 MB The early Pleistocene vertebrate fauna of Mulhuli-Amo (Buia area, Danakil Depression, Eritrea) / Delfino, Massimo (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Candilio, Francesca (Università di Roma "La Sapienza". Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale) ; Carnevale, Giorgio (Università di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra) ; Coppa, Alfredo (Università di Roma "La Sapienza". Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale) ; Medin, Tsegai (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social) ; Pavia, Marco (Università degli Studi di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra) ; Rook, Lorenzo (Università di Firenze. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra) ; Urciuoli, Alessandro (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Villa, Andrea (Università di Torino. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra)
Mulhuli-Amo is an early Pleistocene locality of the Buia area in the Dandiero Basin (Danakil Depression, Eritrea) already known for the presence of Homo remains and stone tools. Recent surface surveys lead to the retrieval of a rich vertebrate fauna that is here described for the first time in order to contribute to the palaeoenvironmental background to the Homo layers of the basin. [...]
[I vertebrati del Pleistocene inferiore di Mulhuli-Amo (area di Buia, Depressione Dancala, Eritrea)] - Il Progetto Buia nasce nel 1994 come un progetto di ricognizione geologica finalizzato allo studio della geologia regionale di un'area circa 20 Km a sud di Buia nella Dancalia settentrionale (Eritrea) ma, già a partire dalle prime missioni, il rinvenimento di resti umani associati a strumenti litici e ad una ricca fauna di vertebrati ha ampliato notevolmente le prospettive di ricerca. [...]

2018 - 10.4435/BSPI.2018.02
Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, Vol. 57, Issue 1 (2018) , p. 27-44  
2024-02-15
08:34
21 p, 652.3 KB Neutron-based computed microtomography : Pliobates cataloniae and Barberapithecus huerzeleri as a test-case study / Urciuoli, Alessandro (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Zanolli, Clément (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier) ; Fortuny, Josep (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Schillinger, Burkhard (Technische Universität München) ; Moyà Solà, Salvador (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Objectives- High-resolution imaging of fossils with X-ray computed microtomography (μCT) has become a very powerful tool in paleontological research. However, fossilized bone, embedding matrix, and dental tissues do not always provide a distinct structural signal with X-rays. [...]
2018 - 10.1002/ajpa.23467
American Journal of Biological Anthropology, Vol. 166, Issue 4 (August 2018) , p. 987-993  
2024-02-15
08:13
75 p, 3.5 MB A comparative analysis of the vestibular apparatus in Epipliopithecus vindobonensis : Phylogenetic implications / Urciuoli, Alessandro (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Zanolli, Clément (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Université de Bordeaux) ; Beaudet, Amélie (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Pina, Marta (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Moyà Solà, Salvador (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Pliopithecoids are an extinct group of catarrhine primates from the Miocene of Eurasia. More than 50 years ago, they were linked to hylobatids due to some morphological similarities, but most subsequent studies have supported a stem catarrhine status, due to the retention of multiple plesiomorphic features (e. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102930
Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 151, (February 2021) , art. 102930  
2024-02-12
10:50
30 p, 3.5 MB Miocene ape evolution : where does Oreopithecus fit in? / Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Urciuoli, Alessandro (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Hammond, Ashley S. (American Museum of Natural History. Division of Anthropology) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Rook, Lorenzo (Università di Firenze. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra) ; Zanolli, Clément (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Université de Bordeaux)
Oreopithecus bambolii Gervais, 1872, from the Late Miocene of Tusco-Sardinia, is the latest non-cercopithecoid catarrhine from Europe. Its geographic and phylogenetic origins remain uncertain despite being well known from craniodental and postcranial remains. [...]
2024 - 10.4435/BSPI.2024.01
Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, (2024)  
2024-02-05
09:59
Tetraconodontines and suines (Artiodactyla: Suidae) from the earliest Vallesian site of Castell de Barberà (Vallès-Penedès Basin, NE Iberian Peninsula) / McKenzie, Sharrah (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Arranz, Sara G. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Almécija, Sergio (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; DeMiguel, Daniel (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Alba, David M. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
The earliest Vallesian (~11. 2 Ma) site of Castell de Barberà (CB) figures prominently in the paleoanthropological literature because of the co-occurrence of pliopithecoid and hominoid primates. However, the rest of the fauna remains understudied. [...]
2024 - 10.1007/s10914-023-09695-z
Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 31, Issue 1 (March 2024) , art. 7  
2024-02-01
08:47
Did gorgonopsians survive the end-Permian "Great Dying"? : A re-appraisal of three gorgonopsian specimens (Therapsida, Theriodontia) reported from the Triassic Lystrosaurus declivis Assemblage Zone, Karoo Basin, South Africa / Benoit, Julien (University of the Witwatersrand. Evolutionary Studies Institute and School of Geosciences) ; Kammerer, Christian F. (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) ; Dollman, Kathleen (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) ; Groenewald, David (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Smith, Roger M. H. (University of the Witwatersrand. Evolutionary Studies Institute and School of Geosciences)
Gorgonopsians were the dominant carnivores of the late Permian (Lopingian) and it is widely accepted that the clade became extinct at the Permian-Triassic boundary, almost 252 million years ago. However, South African collections house three historically-collected gorgonopsian specimens listed as Early Triassic in age, based on their discovery at localities producing the index fossil Lystrosaurus. [...]
2024 - 10.1016/j.palaeo.2024.112044
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 638 (March 2024) , art. 112044  
2024-02-01
08:34
New theropod remains from the late Barremian (Early Cretaceous) of Eastern Iberian Peninsula / Montealegre, Adrian (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Castillo-Visa, Oscar (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont) ; Sellés, Albert G. (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
In the last decade, the Iberian Peninsula has become a hot spot in the understanding of the early evolutionary history of large-bodied theropods from the Early Cretaceous, especially for the Spinosauridae and Carcharodontosauridae families. [...]
2024 - 10.1080/08912963.2024.2308220
Historical biology, (January 2024)  
2024-01-25
08:25
5 p, 536.2 KB The 'Anthropocene': alea iacta est : the proposal of the 'Anthropocene' as a new geological epoch has been submitted for formalization / Rull, Valentí (Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)
Almost two and a half decades after its first appearance, the term 'Anthropocene' is widely used by many scholars as if it was already a well-defined formal epoch of the Geological Time Scale (GTS) but it is still an informal term and its precise definition remains uncertain. [...]
2024 - 10.1038/s44319-024-00065-1
Embo Reports, (January 2024)