Àngel Galobart

Àngel Galobart
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont | ICP · Dinosaur Ecosystems Research Group

PhD

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Introduction
Head of the DInosaur Ecosystems Research Group, formed on the study of Plio-Pleistocene fossil sites, I'm currently involved in the study of Lambeosaurine hadrosaurs, Sauropod titanosaurs and theropods from the Upper Cretaceous fossil sites of Southern Pyrenees. The scientific data from the Southern Pyrenees fossil localities is the basis of the parametrization project to build a food-web model to understand the pre K/Pg Boundary ecosystems in EU. Other research interests are focused on lower Cretaceous fossil-Lagerstatten of Meià Quarry and the Permian-Triassic fauna from Pyrenees and Balearic Island.
Additional affiliations
December 2015 - present
Proposed Geopark "Conca de Tremp-Montsec", Catalonia
Position
  • Managing Director
April 2015 - present
Museu de la Conca Della, Isona, Catalunya
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Local museu focused on the conservation, research and dissemination of uppermost Cretaceos dinosaur fossils
April 2015 - present
Dinosfera, Coll de Nargo, Catalonia
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Local museu focused on the conservation, research and dissemination of uppermost Cretaceos dinosaur fossils
Education
January 1993 - April 1997
September 1979 - June 1984

Publications

Publications (236)
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A comprehensive review and study of the rich dinosaur track record of the Tremp Formation in the southern Pyrenees of Spain (Southwestern Europe) shows a unique succession of footprint localities prior to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event. A description of some 30 new tracksites and data on sedimentary environments, track occurrence and pres...
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La Pedrera de Meià (LPM) fossil site, discovered in the 19 th century, is an important Barremian Konservat-Lagerstätte located at the southern slope of the Montsec range (Lleida province, Spain). LPM is comparable in fossil preservation with other European lithographic limestones lagerstätten sites such as Solnhofen (Germany), Cerin (France) or Las...
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The origin of the last sauropod dinosaur communities in Europe and their evolution during the final 15 million years of the Cretaceous have become a complex phylogenetic and palaeobiogeographic puzzle characterized by the controversy on the alleged coexistence of immigrant, Gondwana-related taxa alongside relictual and insular clades. In this conte...
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The Orígens Geopark UGGp situated in Lleida (Catalonia) is characterized by a rich Early Cretaceous paleontological heritage. One of the most impressive fossil collections comes from the La Pedrera de Meià quarry (Vilanova de Meià village), which has provided a huge amount of lithographic limestone slabs with vertebrates, non-vertebrates (including...
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The Cisuralian–Guadalupian (early–middle Permian) was a period of climate transition between the Carboniferous icehouse conditions to the latest Permian–Early Triassic hothouse. The landmasses had coalesced in the supercontinent Pangaea and the climate was progressively becoming more arid, especially in a belt over the palaeoequator. The deposits o...
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Visits to paleontological sites are one of the most popular geotourism activities, but their appeal may have drawbacks. Deciding which sites are suitable for dissemination and appropriate measures for their optimal conservation can be complex. Here, we present a geoconservation inventory of 15 Upper Cretaceous paleonto-logical sites with dinosaur a...
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During the Early–Middle Triassic, the biosphere was recovering from the most severe mass extinction event of multicellular life, in the Permian–Triassic transition. Continental basins corresponding to present-day Mallorca (Balearic Islands, western Mediterranean) were located in the equatorial region of the supercontinent Pangaea, in the western pe...
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Moradisaurine captorhinid eureptiles were a successful group of high-fibre herbivores that lived in the arid low latitudes of Pangaea during the Permian. Here we describe a palaeoassemblage from the Permian of Menorca (Balearic Islands, western Mediterranean), consisting of ichnites of small captorhinomorph eureptiles, probably moradisaurines (Hylo...
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Moradisaurine captorhinid eureptiles were a cosmopolitan and successful group of high-fibre herbivores that lived in the arid low latitudes of Pangaea during the Permian. They are known to be quite diverse in southern North America, with lower-middle Permian fossil deposits that have been intensely sampled over the years. In other areas, such as th...
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“Pelycosaur”-grade synapsids were a successful group of terrestrial tetrapods that lived during the Carboniferous and Permian, utilising a wide diversity of ecological niches. They are considered the trackmakers of the ichnogenera Dimetropus and possibly also Dromopus and Tambachichnium, found in upper Palaeozoic deposits of North America, North Af...
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A characteristic fauna of dinosaurs and other vertebrates inhabited the end-Cretaceous European archipelago, some of which were dwarves or had other unusual features likely related to their insular habitats. Little is known, however, about the contemporary theropod dinosaurs, as they are represented mostly by teeth or other fragmentary fossils. A n...
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Pararhabdodon isonensis was the first species of lambeosaurine hadrosaurid described in Europe and is one of the last non-avian dinosaurs that lived before the K-Pg extinction. Yet, its relationship with other Ibero-Armorican lambeosaurines has remained controversial due to the lack of overlapping diagnostic material among taxa. Newfound hindlimb m...
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Sebecosuchia was a group of highly specialized cursorial crocodyliforms that diversified during the Cretaceous and persist until the end of the Miocene. Their unique combination of cranial and post-cranial features indicates that they were active terrestrial predators that occupied the apex of the Late Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems, even compet...
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During the Triassic, many groups of predatory marine reptiles appeared and diversified. On Mallorca, fossils of marine reptiles have been found in Muschelkalk (Anisian–Ladinian) and Keuper (Carnian–Norian) facies. Here we describe an anterior caudal vertebra of a basal ichthyosauriform similar to Grippidia (Reptilia: Ichthyosauriformes) from the La...
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Hollow-crested lambeosaurine hadrosaurids represent one of the latest and most rapid radiations of ornithischian dinosaurs, attaining a nearly global distribution during the Late Cretaceous. Although their presence in Europe is well documented, there are questions about the origin and timing of their arrival in this continent. The analysis of old a...
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With the aim of characterising the different stress patterns in several egg types and evaluating the resistivity of the eggshell while impacting in free fall, experimental tests and computational simulations have been performed on eggs of the species Gallus gallus (domestic hen), Struthio camelus (ostrich), and Testudo sp. (tortoise). The different...
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The South Pyrenean Foredeep Basin in northeastern Spain preserves one of the best-documented paleontological records of European terrestrial vertebrates for the last few million years of the Meso- zoic Era. We describe Adynomosaurus arcanus gen. et sp. nov., a lambeosaurine hadrosaurid from strata nearly four million years older than the other reco...
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In south-western Europe, the uppermost Cretaceous continental deposits in the different sedimentary basins of Iberia (Portugal and north and central Spain), the Pyrenees (Spain and France) as well as Languedoc and Provence (southern France) provide one of the few terrestrial records that allow a comprehensive study of the Campanian- Maastrichtian d...
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The lower Maastrichtian site of Basturs Poble (southern Pyrenees, Spain) is the first hadrosaur bonebed reported from Europe. It is an accumulation of disarticulated lambeosaurine skeletal elements, possibly belonging to Pararhabdodon isonensis. The sample shows high intraspecific morphological variability among many skeletal elements, suggesting t...
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Supporting information about bone histology. (PDF)
Data
Straight and nearly vertical coronoid process in juvenile lambeosaurines. (A) Juvenile skull of Lambeosaurus lambei (TMP 83.31.02). (B) Dentary of a very young hadrosaurid (TMP 67.20.232). Scale bar equals 10 cm. (TIF)
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Measurements of BP dentaries, tibiae and femora. (PDF)
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Recientes casos que han afectado gravemente una parte del patrimonio paleontológico en diversos yaci-mientos de Catalunya nos permiten abrir una reflexión sobre la eficacia y eficiencia del marco legal vigente. Como introducción recordaremos que en el caso de Catalunya la ley vigente es la de octubre de 1993, que incluye un amplio abanico de bienes...
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The occurrence of dinosaur pathologic eggs in the Late Cretaceous of Europe is well known, but their origin remains unclear. Here we expose the results of a detailed sampling of the conspicuous fossil record of Late Cretaceous titanosaurian eggs (oogenus Megaloolithius) from several southwestern Europe basins. After examining more than 450 samples,...
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The L'Espinau site is a dinosaur bonebed from the Upper Cretaceous of the South-Central Pyrenees (north-eastern Spain) that have provided hundreds of bone remains attributed to hadrosauroids, together with a rich assem- blage of herpetofauna, fish and microflora. Magnetostratigraphy calibrated the site with the early late Maastrichtian, and the com...
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Southwestern Europe is one of the best regions for characterizing the dinosaur assemblages that prevailed just before the end-Cretaceous extinction. Aiming to better document this scenario, we provide the first evidence of dinosaur skin impressions in the red-beds of the Tremp Formation (southern Pyrenees). The impressions are assigned to sauropods...
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A specimen referred to Moradisaurinae incertae sedis (MBCN 15730) is the first record of a vertebrate body fossil from the Permo-Triassic of the island of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, western Mediterranean) that can be identified on a relatively low taxonomic level. The material consists of a partial maxillary tooth plate and adhering parts of the p...
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Mocho P, Escaso F, Gasulla JM, Galobart A, Poza B, Santos-Cubedo A, Sanz JL, Ortega F. 2016. A new titanosauriform sauropod from the Arcillas de Morella Formation (Early Cretaeous), p.97-98. In: Torcida Fernández-Baldor F, Canudo JI, Huerta P, Pereda X (eds.), Abstract book of the VII International Symposium about Dinosaurs Palaeontology and their...
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Abstract A new dinosaur tracksite in the Vale de Meios quarry (Serra de Aire Formation, Bathonian, Portugal)preserves more than 700 theropod tracks. They are organized in at least 80 unidirectional trackways arranged in a bimodal orientation pattern (W/NW and E/SE). Quantitative and qualitative comparisons reveal that the large tridactyl, elongated...
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To date, more than 200 fossil sites have been documented in the Maastrichtian South-Pyrenean basins, which include bones, eggs and clutches, and footprints. The available palaeontological and geological data allow us to focus new studies on the preservation patterns of the bone remains and their relationship with each palaeoenvironment. At this cur...
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The Pyrenees are an important location to un- derstand the diversity and the faunal changes of the last dinosaur communities in south-western Europe. The northern Pyrenean area has provided several sites dated as early Maastrichtian and some few as late Maastrichtian. In the southern Pyrenees the continental deposits of the Conques and Talarn forma...
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The first detailed stratigraphic succession of the Upper Cretaceous continental record from the Upper Aude Valley (southern France) is presented together with a magnetostratigraphic study. The combined stratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy of the Marnes rouges infe�rieures Fm (Lower Red Marls), con- strained by biochronological markers such as charo...
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Sedimentological, palaeontological and geochemical data provide detailed evidence of a marine-to- lagoon environmental succession around the Campanian-Maastrichtian boundary in the Ibero Armorican domain. This regression is recorded by the succession of several environments of the south-central Pyrenees basin: open marine mixed shelf, marine restri...
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Resumen: Desde hace unos años, en algunas comarcas del Pirineo catalán, naturaleza, paisaje y geología se han unido para proponer al público general una opción de turismo centrada en la paleontología y geología. El proyecto "DinosauresdelsPirineus" inició, hace más de 15 años, un intento de crear una red de pequeños museos que pivotase sobre los co...
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Trackways can provide unique insight to animals locomotion through quantitative analysis of variation in track morphology. Long trackways additionally permit the study of trackmaker foot anatomy, providing more insight on limb kinematics. In this paper we have restudied the extensive tracksite at Barranco de La Canal-1 (Lower Cretaceous, La Rioja,...
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Recent finds of tetrapod ichnites in the red-bed and volcaniclastic succession of the Iberian Pyrenean Basin permits an assessment of the faunal diversity and palaeoenvironment of a late early Permian setting. The tetrapod ichnoassemblage is inferred with the aid of photogrammetry and constituted by Batrachichnus salamandroides, Limnopus isp., cf....
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An apparently nearly complete and fairly well-articulated specimen of a large toothed pterosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Brazil is exhibited at the CosmoCaixa – Museo de la Ciencia, Barcelona, Spain. The museum label refers it to Anhanguera piscator and reports a provenance from the Crato Formation. Its study shows that it is from the Romualdo...
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In 2012, a shepherd named Pere Galceran, from Basturs (Isona and Conca Dellà), found some fossils nearby in some sediment from the Late Cretaceous, which were identified as dinosaur bones by palaeontologists from the Catalan Palaeontology Institute and the Conca Dellà Museum. Excavations were carried out that year in 2012 and 2013, which have resul...
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Fossil vertebrate footprints are known from several Triassic localities of the Iberian Peninsula. Geological setting and palaeoichnological analyses are presented from the first recovered tetrapod footprints from the Middle Muschelkalk facies of the Iberian Peninsula. The studied outcrop is 40 km NW from Barcelona, in the Catalan Coastal Ranges (Ca...
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For the first time in vertebrate palaeontology, the potential of joining Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Parametrical Analysis (PA) is used to shed new light on two different cranial parameters from the orbits to evaluate their biomechanical role and evolutionary patterns. The early tetrapod group of Stereospondyls, one of the largest groups of T...
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The L'Espinau hadrosauroid bonebed was discovered in 2010 in the Àger Syncline (southern Pyrenees, Catalonia) in the Tremp Formation. The unit records a transition from lacustrine to fluvial environment, which took place during the Maastrichtian (Riera et al., 2009). More than 500 complete and fragmented hadrosauroid bones have been excavated betwe...
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Biting is an integral feature of the feeding mechanism for aquatic and terrestrial salamanders to capture, fix or immobilize elusive or struggling prey. However, little information is available on how it works and the functional implications of this biting system in amphibians although such approaches might be essential to understand feeding system...
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Symmetry is the fundamental condition in a normal gait, thus irregularities in consecutive steps can be linked to an asymmetric gait pattern in which an abnormal condition is affecting locomotor ability (i.e. hip, hind limb or foot injury, pathology or congenital deformation). Long biped (or facultative quadruped) trackways are the best examples to...
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The fossil record of dinosaur eggs and eggshells from the uppermost Cretaceous strata of south-western Europe is composed of both worldwide-distributed and endemic egg types. In this study, we are reviewing the enigmatic European oogenus Cairanoolithus, which after analysing abundant material from classic and new localities it is reassigned to a ne...
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The Basturs Poble site was excavated for the first time in 2001, and thereafter various excavations took place continuously until 2011. This site, from the Late Maastrichtian, is considered one of the few bonebeds or a site with large concentrations of dinosaur bones in Europe. It is interesting to note that of the 1,000 bones and teeth recovered t...
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Barranc de Torrebilles (Isona i Conca Dellà, Pallars Jussà, Lleida) is located between the towns of Basturs and Orcau. Between 2001 and 2004 up to five sites in this zone were discovered, which are included in the upper part of the lower red unit of the Tremp Formation (Late Maastrichtian). Its lithology is defined by a powerful sequence of clays,...
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Paleontological sites at Vall del riu Sallent are worldwide known for yielding one of the richest and more diverse record of dinosaur eggs. Among all the egg types discovered at the area, the oofamily Megaloolithae or sauropod-egg-type is the most outstanding. In the Vall del riu Sallent area, this oofamily is represented by five different oospecie...
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The Llau de La Costa outcrop is a crucial site for vertebrate ichnological studies from the southern pyrenees catalonian basins. The tracksite is located at the middle part of the lower red continental unit from the Tremp Formation, at the base of the upper Maastrichtian. During the last paleontological intervention, the thoroughly cleaned tracking...
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The eastern Tremp Syncline (northeastern Spain) is the richest European locality for latest Cretaceous hadrosauroids. We summarize the record of hadrosauroid skeletal remains from 33 localities and tracks from 15 sites in the Tremp Formation. Two of the bone-bearing localities occur in the Early/Late Maastrichtian “gray unit,” whereas all other sit...