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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Laia, a branch in human evolution

published on 15.11.2016

The evolution up to Homo sapiens is a puzzle of many pieces that is intertwined in the past and we still have much to discover. In 2011, at the Can Mata dump, at Hostalets de Pierola, a piece of this puzzle was found: the fossil remains of a primate distant relative of humans. The specimen was named Pliobates cataloniae by its discoverers, affectionately “Laia”. Thanks to the collaboration of the Obra Social “La Caixa” and the Catalan Institute of Paleontology Miquel Crusafont (ICP), we were witnesses of the reconstruction of its figure in three dimensions and in greast detail from a few skeletal remains.
Speakers David M. Alba of the Catalan Institute of Paleontology Miquel Crusafont (ICP) and discoverer of Laia, Salvador Moyà director of ICP, Jordi Agustí of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES-ICREA) and Ramon López from Quagga-Wildlife art, sculptor of fauna models and responsible of the reconstruction.

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