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New beetle emerges from Gran Canaria’s subsoil
1 June 2015 8:37
SINC

Thanks to research carried out since 2003 on the subsoil of Gran Canaria, two Spanish scientists have discovered a new species of beetle, which they have called Oromia thoracica. This blind weevil shares the same brownish-grey colour as the subsoil fauna and has a flattened body and thorax almost covering its head, an adaptation to life underground.

Nannofossils from El Hierro place the Canaries closer to Hawaii
26 January 2015 10:46
SINC

Pieces of sediment from the Cretaceous period encased in lava floated to the surface with the underwater eruption of El Hierro in 2011, bringing scientists valuable data on the islands’ ocean floor. The analysis of the materials matches the origin of the Canary Islands archipelago to the model of how Hawaii was formed and confirms that the oldest islands are found to the east and the youngest to the west.

Genetic methods for sex determination shed some light on the Canary Islands aborigines’ remains
29 April 2014 9:02
SINC

Researchers from the University of La Laguna have applied a new genetic method to analyse archaeological remains that enables the sex of skeletal remains from the indigenous peoples of the island of El Hierro to be determined. This type of work is essential to discover more about ancient communities when the complete skeletons of individuals are not available.

A new species of Canarian beetle has been discovered
9 December 2013 10:08
SINC

Miguel A. Alonso Zarazaga, a researcher from the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences has discovered a new genus of Coleoptera on the Canary Islands, which he has named Moreiba. These beetles are members of the weevil family, a group that causes severe damage to crops.