Luis Alcalá

Luis Alcalá
Parque de las Ciencias de Andalucía

Dr of Geological Sciences (Palaeontology)
Director Gerente del Consorcio Parque de las Ciencias, Andalucía-Granada (Spain)

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Introduction
Sciende Museums and Centres, Natural heritage, Palaeontology
Additional affiliations
August 2021 - November 2021
Consorcio Parque de las Ciencias Andalucía-Granada
Position
  • Managing Director
September 2008 - September 2010
University of Zaragoza
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
May 2002 - August 2021
Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis
Position
  • Managing Director
Education
October 1989 - July 1992
Complutense University of Madrid
Field of study
  • Geology (Palaeontology)
September 1980 - July 1982
University of Granada
Field of study
  • Geology
September 1977 - July 1980
Colegio Universitario de Teruel
Field of study
  • Geology

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Publications (212)
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Este año reunimos en la misma edición las Jornadas que aplazamos el año pasado con el título “El regreso del Maestrazgo como Geoparque mundial de la UNESCO” y las correspondientes a este año 2021, que hemos titulado “Geología de Teruel, un privilegio al alcance de todos”; también se prevén dos homenajes a sendos investigadores relacionados con la g...
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Numerous Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous tracksites are found in the Mae-strazgo UNESCO Global Geopark; sauropod and ornithopod tracks are abundant and there are some rare stegosaurians and theropods. The Lower Cretaceous ich-nite sites are dominated by ornithopod tracks, while only one Upper Cretaceous site, containing theropod tracks, has been do...
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The current territory of the Maestrazgo UNESCO Global Geopark has provided fossils that pioneered dinosaur research in Spain. The first Spanish dinosaur, Ara- gosaurus ischiaticus (published in 1987), five other new genera of dinosaurs and six species were described from fossils found at Geopark sites. These are the sauropod Galveosaurus herreroi (...
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The cover image is based on the Research Article Palaeoneurology of the early cretaceous iguanodont Proa valdearinnoensis and its bearing on the parallel developments of cognitive abilities in theropod and ornithopod dinosaurs by Fabien Knoll et al., https://doi.org/10.1002/cne.25224.
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Dinosaur bonebeds with amber content, yet scarce, offer a superior wealth and quality of data on ancient terrestrial ecosystems. However, the preserved palaeodiversity and/or taphonomic characteristics of these exceptional localities had hitherto limited their palaeobiological potential. Here, we describe the amber from the Lower Cretaceous dinosau...
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Los yacimientos de vertebrados fósiles de Teruel se han utilizado como recurso de aprendizaje para distintos niveles educativos y diferentes instituciones. Desde 2011, los autores de esta comunicación lo han usado, entre otras, para el máster de Paleontología Avanzada de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), desde 2018 en el grado de Magister...
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Dinosaur bonebeds with amber content, yet scarce, offer a superior wealth and quality of data on ancient terrestrial ecosystems. However, the preserved palaeodiversity and/or taphonomic characteristics of these exceptional localities had hitherto limited their palaeobiological potential. Here we describe the amber from the Lower Cretaceous dinosaur...
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Proa valdearinnoensis is a relatively large‐headed and stocky iguanodontian dinosaur from the latest Early Cretaceous of Spain. Its braincase is known from three specimens. Similar to that of other dinosaurs, it shows a mosaic ossification pattern in which most of the bones seem to have fused together indistinguishably while a few (frontoparietal,...
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La Mina Santa María de Ariño (Teruel) se caracteriza por su gran riqueza paleontológica en lo referente a numerosos taxones nuevos que se han definido en la Fm. Escucha de edad Albiense (Alcalá et al., 2012; Tibert et al., 2013). Algunos niveles de margas negras contienen un delicado material de bivalvos, posiblemente pertenecientes a nuevas especi...
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The early Barremian Iberian ornithopod Iguanodon galvensis was described for the first time in 2015. However, much of its anatomy, such as the axial skeleton in mature specimens, remains unknown. Here, the partially articulated presacral vertebrae and ribs belonging to a large adult ornithopod (DS-1 ornithopod) from the lower Barremian (Lower Creta...
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Fossil records of vertebrate integuments are relatively common in both rocks, as compressions, and amber, as inclusions. The integument remains, mainly the Mesozoic ones, are of great interest due to the panoply of palaeobiological information they can provide. We describe two Spanish Cretaceous amber pieces that are of taphonomic importance, one b...
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Turiasauria is a non-neosauropod eusauropod clade of dinosaurs known since 2006, when the description of Turiasaurus was published. This group, including Losillasaurus, was originally thought to have been restricted to the Late Jurassic of Spain. However, over the last decade, our knowledge of this group has improved with the discovery of new taxa...
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Classifying fossil teeth of Erinaceinae (spiny hedgehogs) is a challenging task, because of their scanty record and systematic treatment that heavily relies on skull characteristics. In this paper we describe the complete set of isolated dental elements of Erinaceinae from the upper Miocene sediments of the Teruel Basin (eastern Central Spain). Fou...
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Research into and conservation of geological heritage and the use of the knowledge gained for the education of the general public lay the groundwork for the creation and consolidation of specialised museums and the dissemination of knowledge among a more diverse audience. In this way, resources linked to Geology will become a territorial developmen...
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La península ibérica configura un escenario ideal para descifrar la evolución de los dinosaurios durante 100 millones de años, desde el Jurásico Medio hasta el Cretácico terminal. A lo largo de su geografía se distribuyen centenares de yacimientos con fósiles de huesos y huellas de estos fascinantes vertebrados. Los primeros restos peninsulares se...
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We report some large ornithopod vertebrae from two upper Hauterivian-lower Barremian (Lower Cretaceous) localities in El Castellar (Maestrazgo Basin, Teruel, Spain). These fossils have been studied systematically as well as morphometrically using a multivariate analysis in order to analyse the diversity of the sample. In fact, principal component a...
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In this paper we describe Late Miocene (MN13) remains of the genus Indarctos Pilgrim, 1913 from the locality of Las Casiones (Teruel, Spain). Although the phylogenetic relationships of this genus are still controversial, the most recent phylogenetic analyses, based on cranial, mandibular and dental characters, include it in Ailuropodinae, thus maki...
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Two partial skeletons attributable to a single basal turtle taxon (i.e., Testudinata not belonging to the crown group Testudines) are studied here. These specimens come from the lower Albian (Lower Cretaceous) of the lignite coal mine of Santa María, in Ariño (Teruel Province, Aragon, northeastern Spain). They are identified as belonging to a new m...
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Background The neosuchian crocodyliform genus Hulkepholis constitutes the longirostral lineage of the European Goniopholididae. It comprises two species ranging from the Valanginian of southern England to the lower Albian of the northern Teruel (Spain). A new species of Hulkepholis is described based on a partially complete skull from the lower Bar...
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An integrated stratigraphic, palaeontological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeogeographical study of the traditionally considered Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous dinosaur-bearing sedimentary record (DSR) of eastern Spain is accomplished for the first time. Several areas where dinosaur fossils are abundant (western Maestrazgo and South-Iberian basins)...
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Dinópolis, in the province of Teruel (Spain), offers a network of facilities which attract many palaeontology and dinosaur enthusiasts. It promotes a symbiosis between a palaeontological museum, a territorial network of interpretation centres and a set of attractions whose main protagonists are dinosaurs. All that is complemented by the implementat...
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Bivalves from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous stratigraphic section at Las Zabacheras (Galve Sub-basin Teruel, northern Spain), are reviewed from both systematic and palaeoautoecological perspectives. For this study the Villar del Arzobispo Formation, well known for important dinosaur occurrences, was sampled from the boundary with the under...
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In this paper, we present the study of the palaeobotanical record from Las Zabacheras 1 (palynoflora) and Las Zabacheras 3 (macroflora) fossil sites located in the deltaic sedimentological complex Villar del Arzobispo Formation (Galve, Teruel, northeastern of Spain). Las Zabacheras 1 is the type locality of the first dinosaur defined in Spain (the...
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An isolated tooth crown of a theropod dinosaur found in a Barremian outcrop (Lower Cretaceous) of El Castellar municipality (Maestrazgo Basin, Peñagolosa sub-basin, Teruel, Spain) is described. The tooth crown has a zyphodont morphology, with distal denticles larger than mesial ones. This tooth is classified as Coelurosauria indet. due to morpholog...
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Los documentos históricos más antiguos relacionados con los dinosaurios de la Península Ibérica provienen de una leyenda portuguesa de origen religioso del siglo XIII: en una ermita conmemorativa situada al sur de Lisboa se encuentra un mural cerámico del siglo XVIII que incluye la representación de huellas de dinosaurios. No obstante, los primeros...
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Iguanodon galvensis is the second valid species in the European and Barremian large-ornithopod genus Iguanodon. In the present work, the I. galvensis holotype and referred material from the lower Barremian of Spain are described and discussed in detail. As a result, emended diagnoses of Iguanodon, I. galvensis and I. bernissartensis are proposed; I...
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A new, largely complete eusauropod dinosaur with cranial and postcranial elements from two skeletons, Mierasaurus bobyoungi gen. nov., sp. nov. from the lower Yellow Cat Member (Early Cretaceous) of Utah (USA), is the first recognized member of Turiasauria from North America. Moreover, according to our phylogenetic results, Moabosaurus utahensis fr...
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The Spanish Province of Teruel (Aragón) has 13 dinosaur tracksites that have been declared Goods of Cultural Interest (Bienes de Interés Cultural, the highest level of legal protection afforded to Spanish heritage items). The site of El Hoyo in the village of El Castellar lies in the mountain ranges of El Maestrazgo and Sierra de Gúdar ‘Place of Co...
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The province of Teruel in Spain is one of the significant places in the world with respect to museographic initiatives focused on research and geological heritage. One of the latest initiatives has centred on the village of El Castellar, which lies 40 km from the city of Teruel and has just 58 inhabitants. The palaeontological activities that have...
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The Villar del Arzobispo Formation, cropping out in the western Peñagolosa sub-basin (Late Jurassic, eastern Spain), includes abundant dinosaur tracksites and bones, which occur in diverse mixed siliciclastic and carbonate facies deposited from shallow marine to coastal and alluvial paleoenvironments. The lower part of the unit, mainly composed of...
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At the end of nineteenth century, approximately thirty nearly complete skeletons of the ornithopod dinosaur Iguanodon bernissartensis were discovered in Lower Cretaceous deposits in Bernissart (Belgium). Because most of the specimens are approximately the same size, they offer a unique opportunity for studying individual variation (i.e., difference...
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William Hunter (1718–83) and James Parkinson (1755–1824) were both London-based surgeons with a passion for palaeontology, willing to advocate that the extinction of species had occurred when this viewpoint was seen as controversially arguing for a ‘flawed Creator’. Although there is no evidence that they ever corresponded, let alone met, they had...
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In the past five years, two exceptional discoveries have been made—the Dikika modified bones and the Lomekwi stone tools. If genuine, they would change current views on human evolution by showing that Pliocene hominins were involved in stone tool use and meat-eating more than 3 million years ago. These paradigm-changing discoveries require solid, u...
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An analysis of lower Barremian invertebrate trace fossils at the El Hoyo dinosaur tracksite (Teruel, Spain) was conducted in order to interpret the macrobenthic tracemaker community and the palaeoenvironmental conditions during bioturbation. Abundant bioturbation structures are characterized by meniscate, cylindrical, straight to sinuous, unbranche...
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Evidence of original coloration in fossils provides insights into the visual communication strategies used by ancient animals and the functional evolution of coloration over time [1-7]. Hitherto, all reconstructions of the colors of reptile integument and the plumage of fossil birds and feathered dinosaurs have been of melanin-based coloration [1-6...
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Coprolites from the Early Cretaceous vertebrate bone-bed at Ariño in Teruel, Spain, were analysed geochemically and palynologically. They contain various inclusions, such as small bone fragments, abundant plant remains, pollen and spores. We attribute the coprolites to carnivorous dinosaurs based partly on their morphology together with the presenc...
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Although Iguanodon is one of the most abundant and well-known of Europe's dinosaur genera, fossils of young specimens are very rare. Indeed, the fossil record contains very few examples of the young of any non-hadrosaurid iguanodontian. Here we report the discovery of 13 Iguanodon perinates from the Lower Cretaceous of Galve (Teruel, Spain). The ch...
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Abstract: The “dinosaur” concept is not an explicit part of the knowledge to be taught in the official curriculum of Secondary Education within the Spanish LOGSE-LOE (1990-2010). However, some authors and publishers decided to include it as an object of teaching in the textbooks. The analysis reveals an abundance of graphic information, with a pred...
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The AR-1 layer, corresponding to the Escucha Formation (Lower Cretaceous) in the Santa Maria Mine of Ariño, has supplied rich and well-preserved macrofloral and palynological assemblages showing interesting data about both taphonomic and environmental conditions. This single layer is located in the Oliete Sub-Basin from the Maestrazgo Basin in nort...
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A well-preserved macroflora and rich palynological assemblages corresponding to the Camarillas Formation (early-middle Barremian) in the San Cristo´bal and Galve Mine sites from the Galve sub-basin in northeastern Spain are presented here. These remains represent the first fossil plant evidence from these deposits. Within plant macroremains, the ch...
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Several outcrops with vertebrate tetrapod remains have been located in the Keuper levels (Carnian, Upper Triassic) of the Spanish municipality of Manzanera (Teruel Province). The Manzanera remains include ribs and vertebrae of the sauropterygian nothosauroid Simosaurus, isolated osteoderms of cyamodontoid placodonts, partial vertebral centra of ich...
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New reports of dinosaur tracksites in the Tuchengzi Formation in the newly established Yanqing Global Geopark, Beijing, China, support previous inferences that the track assemblages from this formation are saurischian-dominated. More specifically, the assemblages appear theropod-dominated, with the majority of well-preserved tracks conforming to th...
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A newly reported dinosaur tracksite from the Cretaceous Dakota Group, of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (GGNCA), is only the second site described from this region. In comparison with other tracksites from the GGNCA and the nearby Dominquez-Escalante NCA the site is unique in preserving an apparently mono-ichnospecific assemblage of...
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The South of the Iberian Range is characterised by the presence of dozens of sites with dinosaurs included in the Limestone, Sandstone and Clays of the Villar del Arzobispo Formation (Tithonian-Berriasian). Here are described new findings in that lithostratigraphic unit of the Peñagolosa sub-basin (Maestrazgo Basin) in Teruel province. Concretely a...
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In recent years there has been an increase in the consideration of geological heritage as a resource that emphasizes the scientific, educational and recreational value of geology. One consequence of this growth is the delimitation of areas with socioeconomic and cultural development strategies that are based on geoheritage sites. This is the case o...
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Introducción. Se analiza la mediación del sentido de localidad en las articulaciones entre comunicación pública de la ciencia y percepción social de la ciencia, como parte de los procesos de configuración de la cultura científica. Metodología. Se procede a un estudio de caso de la ciudad de Teruel, en España, mediante una encuesta semiestructurada...
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We examined the first evidence of pathology in the forelimb of the primitive saber-toothed felid Promegantereon ogygia, observed in a radius from the late Miocene (Vallesian, MN 10) site of La Roma 2 (Teruel, Spain). This fossil is the first evidence of a member of the Machairodontinae in this locality, and the first fossil of this species found in...
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The limestone, sandstone and clays of the Villar del Arzobispo Formation (Kimmeridgian–Berriasian) crop out in the south of the Iberian Range (Spain), and from a palaeontological point of view, the formation is characterised by dozens of sites with dinosaur fossils. The most abundant are the sauropods and stegosaurs, while the ornithopods are scarc...
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This article describes the sedimentological characteristics of dinosaur ichnites at three sites within the municipal area of El Castellar (in the Province of Teruel, Aragón, Spain): El Castellar (CT-1), El Pozo (CT-2), and Camino El Berzal (CT-3). These sites possess large concentrations of footprints made by quadrupedal (sauropod, stegosaurid and...
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The first dinosaur to be named from Spain, the sauropod Aragosaurus ischiaticus Sanz, Buscalioni, Casanovas and Santafé 1987, is known from associated postcranial remains of one individual from the Las Zabacheras site in Galve, Teruel Province, Spain. Results of recent fieldwork confirm that the Las Zabacheras site represents a deltaic sediment com...
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Royo-Torres, R.; Cobos, A.; Gascó, F.; Mocho, P.; Ortega, F. & Alcalá, L. (2014). Geographic and Stratigraphic distribution of the sauropod turiasaurus and Turiasauria clade. Mid-Mesozoic: The Age of Dinosaurs in Transition, Utah, 2014.
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Introduction. This article analyses how the sense of localness mediates the articulations of the public communication and the social perception of science, as part of the configuration of scientific culture. Method. The analysis is based on the case study of the Spanish city of Teruel, which is examined by means of a semi-structured questionnaire a...
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The study of an undescribed part of the El Pozo tracksite in El Castellar (Teruel, Spain) has revealed two new trackways made by small omithopods showing new evidences of basal ornithopod pes and manus track morphologies in the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition. The site lies within the Villar del Arzobispo Formation, which was deposited during the Ti...
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Although goniopholidids constitute the most abundant remains of the Lower Cretaceous record of the Iberian Peninsula crocodilians, few specimens have been found complete enough to provide precise taxonomic determinations. The palaeontological site of Mina Santa María in Ariño (Teruel, Early Albian Escucha Formation) has yielded several neosuchian m...