A genetic study sheds light on the diversity and evolution of mammoths

Females, as now with elephants, did not change groups and stayed where they were born. The samples analyzed include those of two mammoths that were found where Madrid is now located. Carles Lalueza-Fox, from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, has participated in this study that is published today in the journal Scientific Reports, together with scientists from 12 different countries.

Join us at BIYSC! Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans

Applications for the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) are open! If you are curious and enthusiastic about scientific research and the study of biodiversity, and if you are eager to uncover a new marine species that no one has seen before, this is your project! The programme is targeted to students aged between 16 and 18 years-old and will take place from July 10th to 21st 2017 in Barcelona.

Global experts agree on declaration for proper use and development of artificial intelligence in Europe

The manifesto is the main contribution of the debate held by B·Debate on 7 and 8 March at CosmoCaixa, which was co-organized by Luc Steels, ICREA researcher at the Institut of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), and Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, CSIC researcher at the  Artificial Intelligence Research Institute.

The family of international IBE doctors grows

On March 7th, Diego de Santana Souza successfully defended his PhD at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brasil). The thesis was entitled “Molecular phylogenetic assessment of the tribes of Lamiinae (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)” and the specific training and laboratory work to produce the molecular phylogeny was carried out at the Herbivore Beetle Evolution Lab at IBE under the supervision of Jesús Gómez-Zurita and Anabela Cardoso.

Neanderthal tooth plaque hints at meals — and kisses

Analysis paints picture of diets, medicine and possible intimacy with humans. The Neanderthals of El Sidrón Cave in northern Spain lived hardscrabble lives. But before they died some 50,000 years ago, they dined on mushrooms, moss and pine nuts. One individual may even have used plants and moulds to treat his ailments. Neanderthals ate what was available in their environments, leading to markedly different diets between groups.

100 000 fellows supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The EU is celebrating one hundred thousand fellows supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions since its launch 20 years ago. To mark this milestone, 30 highly promising researchers have been selected to showcase the EU's actions dedicated to excellence and worldwide mobility in research. Remarkably, Michelle Leger and Andrej Ondracka from the Multicellgenome Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) are among those 30 researchers featured by the European Comission.

Genetic signature of natural selection in first Americans

The cold meant that only a few individuals survivedd the crossing of the Bering Strait. Many Native Americans still have adaptations to the Arctic climate even though they are no longer needed. These are genetic variants that facilitate the digestion of fats, which is distinctive feature of adaptation to Arctic climate and diets rich in proteins.

Jesús Lozano wins the second prize of the 20th Doctors' Senate Award of the UB

Jesús Lozano, who did his PhD at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of Barcelona (CSIC-UPF), won this prize for his thesis "Mechanism of action of the juvenile hormone during insect metamorphosis", defended in 2014 at the Faculty of Biology of the UB and supervised by Xavier Bellés, CSIC professor and IBE director from 2008 until 2016. Lozano is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Mapping the family tree of stars, a collaboration with the University of Cambridge

Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking at how the stars formed and how they are connected to each other. The signatures act as a proxy for DNA sequences. It’s akin to chemical tagging of stars and forms the basis of a discipline astronomers refer to as Galactic archaeology.

Researcher Tomàs Marquès-Bonet is the new director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology

The Board of Trustees of the IBE, a joint centre of Pompeu Fabra University and the CSIC, has appointed the scientist Tomàs Marquès-Bonet as the new director of the Institute, replacing his predecessor Xavier Bellés, who has been in charge of the institution for the last eight years.


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