New study suggests Neanderthals died out earlier, did not coexist with modern humans
Theories about when the last Neanderthals walked the Earth may have to be revised, according to a study that suggests they became extinct in their last refuge in Spain much earlier than previously thought.
New study reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits
The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the ...
North Atlantic atmospheric oscillation affects the quality of cava
The quality of cava depends on technical factors such as fermentation, ageing and bottling processes, which usually remain stable for years. Researchers from Malaga University (Spain) have discovered that ...
Environmental change impacts on migratory shorebirds differ for males and females
Extensive shell fishing and sewerage discharge in river estuaries could have serious consequences for the rare Icelandic black-tailed godwits that feed there. But it is the males that are more likely to suffer, ...
Oldest fossil of giant panda family discovered
New fossils found in Spain are thought to be of the oldest recorded ancestor of the giant panda.
The most ancient pottery prehistoric figurine of the Iberian Peninsula is found in Begues
In the course of the excavation process in Can Sadurní cave (Begues, Barcelona), members of the Col·lectiu per la Investigació de la Prehistòria i l'Arqueologia del Garraf-Ordal (CIPAG), together with ...
La Draga Neolithic site in Banyoles yields the oldest Neolithic bow discovered in Europe
Archaeological research carried out at the Neolithic site of La Draga, near the lake of Banyoles, has yielded the discovery of an item which is unique in the western Mediterranean and Europe. The item is a ...
Neanderthals ate shellfish 150,000 years ago: study
Neanderthal cavemen supped on shellfish on the Costa del Sol 150,000 years ago, punching a hole in the theory that modern humans alone ate brain-boosting seafood so long ago, a new study shows.
Two new plants discovered in Spain
Just when everyone thought that almost every plant species on the Iberian Peninsula had been discovered, Spanish researchers have discovered Taraxacum decastroi and Taraxacum lacianense, two dandelions fr ...
Quasimodo dino leaves experts grappling for a hunch
Palaeontologists in Spain have discovered the remains of a strange dinosaur with a hump that they believe is the forerunner of flesh-eating leviathans which once ruled the planet.
True causes for extinction of cave bear revealed
The cave bear started to become extinct in Europe 24,000 years ago, but until now the cause was unknown. An international team of scientists has analysed mitochondrial DNA sequences from 17 new fossil samples, ...
The Flight of Migrating Microbes
Every day, millions of microorganisms reach Spain from the Sahara Desert and the Sahel region - by flying.
An earlier changing climate: Humans had to adapt in ancient warming world
(PhysOrg.com) -- Human societies in Europe at the end of the last ice age expanded north across a harsh but changing environment, as glaciers melted and the world got warmer and more humid.
New data about marsh harrier distribution in Europe
The use of ringing recoveries —a conventional method used to study bird migration— in combination with more modern techniques such as species distribution modelling and stable isotope analysis helps to ...