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Climate crisis ages fish, amphibians and reptiles
16 September 2020 10:00
Adeline Marcos

Climatic conditions are changing at an unprecedented rate, affecting mainly fish, amphibians and reptiles, ectothermic animals that are unable to generate their own internal heat. With heat waves and rising temperatures, these organisms experience not only increased growth rates and heat stress, but also further ageing.

Insecto
The climate crisis threatens insects more than previously thought
1 June 2020 13:01
Adeline Marcos

Until now, insects in the tropics seemed to be the most threatened by climate change by living at the limit of their optimal temperature. An international team of scientists, with Spanish participation, has analysed the existing data and concluded that insects from temperate areas, such as Spain, could be as vulnerable to temperature increases as tropical insects.

One single primitive turtle resisted mass extinction in the northern hemisphere
3 February 2020 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia –now the northern hemisphere– a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the event that killed the dinosaurs. It was the only one to do so in this area of the world, according to a Spanish palaeontologist who has analysed its peculiar fossils, found in France.

Ilustración sesgos cognitivos
If you do not care about the climate crisis, this is because it has not been properly explained to you
16 December 2019 8:45
Lucas Sánchez

Although we are aware that the planet has limits, we find it difficult to live in a sustainable way. Our cognitive biases are partly to blame. So far, communication professionals have only reinforced them by creating a story about climate change that leaves us cold.

The embryonic origin of the Cyclops eye
25 November 2019 10:30
Adeline Marcos

A congenital anomaly characterized by the presence of a single or partially divided eye has been described in many vertebrate species, including humans, and is sometimes associated with the presence of a proboscis. A new study analyses the embryonic origin of this malformation in a chicken embryo.

Scientists find a place on Earth where there is no life
20 November 2019 8:05
Enrique Sacristán

Living beings, especially microorganisms, have a surprising ability to adapt to the most extreme environments on our planet, but there are still places where they cannot live. European researchers have confirmed the absence of microbial life in hot, saline, hyperacid ponds in the Dallol geothermal field in Ethiopia.

Jurassic dinosaurs trotted between Africa and Europe
22 October 2019 9:30
Adeline Marcos

Dinosaur footprints found in several European countries, very similar to others in Morocco, suggest that they could have been dispersed between the two continents by land masses separated by a shallow sea more than 145 million years ago.

Reservoir Los Anguijes, end of water transfer open section Tajo-Segura, beginning Talave tunnel.
Climate change threatens transfer between Tagus-Segura Rivers
25 April 2019 10:00
Adeline Marcos

Global warming will cause the Iberian Peninsula to suffer more and more water shortages, with serious economic losses. Less snow, less rain and less flow will endanger the continuation of the transfers from one basin to another. A new study on these effects on the transfer between the Tagus-Segura Rivers foresees that by 2070 it will not be possible to transfer water, if the climatic projections prove accurate.

Radiography of marine litter in Spanish waters
25 February 2019 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Marine litter is a growing problem in the Mediterranean Sea, but few studies have focused on its composition, spatial distribution and temporal evolution. Now, a new study reveals that, in Spanish waters, plastics are the main component and that density is higher in the Alboran Sea than in the Levantine region or Catalonia, where accumulation has remained stable.

The largest collection of remains of these marine reptiles in Spain
A small plesiosaur lived in Spain 125 million years ago
21 February 2019 8:00
Adeline Marcos

Plesiosaurs, erroneously viewed as dinosaurs, inhabited all the seas between 200 million and 65 million years ago. In the Peninsula, only scarce remains of these long-necked reptiles had been found. Now a group of palaeontologists has found the most abundant collection of fossils in Morella, Castellón. Among them, there is one vertebra that belonged to a type of plesiosaur never before discovered in the country, the leptocleidus.