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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, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

reintroducció

De-extinction: to revive a species

published on 19 12 2018

In Masjoan at Espinelves (Girona) there is a collection with more than 250 species of stuffed birds, gathered by the naturalist Marià Masferrer Rierola in the late nineteenth century. Among the various species there is the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), a bird native to the United States, which was extinct in 1918 by hunting and […]

Eggs at lab

published on 15 10 2013

Eggs are a valuable food source. A fried egg, a Spanish omelette, cakes and sweets of all kinds, and even the eggs of sturgeon, the exquisite caviar, are different versions of eggs in a dish. But humans also know how to use eggs as privileged medium for research, they are like a miniature laboratory to […]

El Hierro: from fire to life

published on 23 05 2012

We travel to El Hierro to understand how volcanic episode occurred in 2011. We also visit each ecosystem of this Canary Island and explain how these very different environments have been slowly forming from the random arrival of plants and animals which later evolved and gave rise to new species. Some of these biological jewels […]

Sahara, the limit of life

published on 23 05 2007

Quèquicom travels to the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, to see how survive the humans, animals and plants. The reporter Pere Renom captures some animals from this area like differents especies of gerbil, and spiny-tailed lizard. He also detects traces of dorcas gazelle and watches the desert hare and Fennec, and explains some of their physiological […]

The Ebro River: invaders and invaded

published on 24 01 2007

Although the Ebro is one of the best preserved large rivers in Europe, is also the scene of an environmental conflict between native and invasive species. To understand this conflict the reporter Pere Renom will practise kayaking on some of the wildest corners of the Ebro river. He will find naiades, a group of freshwater […]