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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.

Ciencias Naturales
Biruté Galdikas, primatology pioneer
"Palm oil rests on the bones of orangutans”
14 October 2019 12:05
Eva Rodríguez

When Biruté Galdikas arrived to settle in the jungles of Indonesia almost 50 years ago, there was hardly any information about Borneo, let alone about its loneliest inhabitants: the orangutans. Today she is the world's foremost expert on orangutan behaviour and, at 73, still continues with the on-site study and defence of the conservation of this endangered species.

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.

Killer whales are actually peaceful and sensitive
16 January 2019 8:00
Eva Rodríguez

A team of Spanish researchers has analyzed the character of these mammals of the dolphin family, whose name and fame does not do them justice. According to the conclusions of the study, carried out on 24 specimens in captivity, these cetaceans tend to act with responsibility, kindness, extroversion, care and dominance.

Human activities threaten weasel´s survival
20 November 2018 9:30
Adeline Marcos

Widely distributed throughout Eurasia and North America, the weasel –the smallest species among mustelids– shows no apparent problems. But a study conducted in the last two decades reveals that this small carnivore is becoming less frequent in the northeast of our country due to the change in land use and climate change.

Karen Kienberger with the jellyfish Rhizostoma luteum. / Darius Enayati
Popular science helps to discover the abundance of this jellyfish
12 November 2018 9:30
Adeline Marcos

When the Rhizostoma luteum jellyfish was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, only nine specimens were identified. For years, it was so inconspicuous that later, in the 20th century, it failed to turn up for six decades. A team of scientists, with the help of a citizen initiative, has now confirmed that it is not really as difficult to find as previously believed.

How to achieve a peaceful coexistence between wolves and humans
31 May 2018 8:00
Adeline Marcos

The persecution of wolves in order to remove them from human settlements has culminated in their near-disappearance in numerous European countries, like Spain and Sweden. Following a recovery of the species, a team of scientists has determined what geographic areas in the Scandinavian country would be most suitable for a redistribution of the specie’s range, in the interests of increasing the social acceptance of wolves.