Paleontology in Spain

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Cuenca dinosaur linked to birds

September 8th, 2010 http://www.elpais.com/recorte/20100908elpepusoc_2/LCO340/Ies/Hallado_nuevo_dinosaurio_Cuenca.jpg The most complete fossil of a dinosaur is Spain has been found in Las Hoyas dig in Cuenca. Concavenator corcovatus is a previously unknown species of carnivore that lived in the Lower Cretaceous some 130m years ago. El País The beast sports a hump-like structure on its back hence its nickname “the humpback dinosaur”, and a series of small knobs on the forearm which appear to be a link to birds:
The bumps could be analagous to the parts of modern birds’ skeletons that anchor the flight feathers. Since the knobs are unlikely to be representative of feathers on Concavenator, the researchers propose instead that they are “non-scale skin appendages”, such as tubular filaments, present in modern-day poultry. The Guardian

Oldest Spanish mammoth remains found

September 7th, 2010
Recreación artística de la fauna glaciar prehistórica que habitaba nuestra península. | P.Novák
The oldest remains of mammoths in the Iberian Peninsula have been found, dating back to 150,000 years ago. The last Spanish mammoths disappeared some 10,000 years go with the waning of the last ice age. Above recreation of prehistoric Iberian glacial fauna by P. Novak. El Mundo

Altamira to reopen to visitors

June 8th, 2010

The Wino Dino

October 17th, 2008

First complete tapir skeleton in Europe found in Girona

May 29th, 2008

Plesiosaur fossils on the coast of Asturias

April 28th, 2008

Oldest human hominid in Europe found in Atapuerca

March 26th, 2008

Elephants in Spain?

February 5th, 2008

Dinosaurs in Aragon

November 17th, 2007

Hyenas and zebras in Granada

November 7th, 2007