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BAS to host Danube Academies Conference on climate research in October

The President of BAS - Prof. Julian Revalski, full member of the Academy, had a working meeting with Prof. Felix Unger, President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The meeting was held in BAS on 16 January 2020. One of the main activities of the European Academy has been holding of the Danube Academies Conference since 2011. In 2020, the Conference will be held in Sofia, and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will host the event on 15 and 16 October 2020. The topic will be related to climate research. The meeting was attended by Prof. Evdokia Pasheva, Scientific Secretary-General of BAS, and Corr.-Mem. Dimitar Ivanov, Scientific Secretary of division “Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology”. The Danube Academies Conference brings together all the national [...]

Remains of a new hominid from Germany (more than 11.5 million years old) change our views on the evolution of great apes and humans

Artists reconstruction by Velizar Simeonovski of male Danuvius guggenmosi The discovery of a 11.62 Million-year-old ape skeleton in Germany now fundamentally changes our views on the early evolution of the human family. These spectacular finds are announced by an international group of scientists from Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and the US in the journal NATURЕ (URL: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1731-0 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1731-0) The fossils of the newly described genus and species Danuvius guggenmosi (Genus name after the Celtic-roman river god Danuvius, associated with the Danube river) were discovered between 2015 and 2018 by Madelaine Böhme and her team from the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment and Tübingen University, in the active clay pit of Hammerschmiede near Pforzen in the Allgäu area of Bavaria. The paleontological excavations [...]

2019-11-12T13:44:03+02:00Thursday, 7 November 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology, Selected|

An international team of scientists with Bulgarian participation with a new discovery on bedbugs

An international team of scientists from four continents: Europe, Asia, North and South America with Bulgarian participation published the results of a study of dozens of bedbug species on 16 May 2019. Dr. Nikolay Simov from the National Museum of Natural History at BAS is the only Bulgarian invited scientist in a team from 14 scientific institutions in 10 countries (Argentina, Bulgaria, UK, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, USA, the Czech Republic and Chile). […]

2019-05-22T15:51:24+02:00Friday, 17 May 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology|

An international team described a unique fossil found in Burmese amber

Using state-of-the-art technology, a Bulgarian-German research team established the first fossil representative of the Callipodida order. The new, unknown to science type of millipede with a size of only 8.2 millimeters is found in 99 million-year-old amber. The new species of arthropod who lived in the Cretaceous period along with the dinosaurs is much smaller than all the known representatives of its group and differs significantly from all the species known so far which is why the scientists have separated it in a specially created new family and suborder. During the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era, extending from 145 to 70 million years ago, the Earth was populated with various giants - from dinosaurs to centipedes with the size of a person. It turns [...]

2019-05-14T15:24:30+02:00Friday, 3 May 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology, Selected|

150 trees for Earth Day and the 150th anniversary of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Scientists and employees of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences launched the initiative to plant 150 trees on the occasion of Earth Day and the 150th anniversary of BAS. Saplings of more than 25 deciduous and coniferous species will be afforested in the scientific complex of BAS at 4th km. […]

2019-04-25T22:09:42+02:00Monday, 22 April 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology, Selected|Tags: |

New research project of NMNHS – BAS to explore the invertebrate fauna of the Balkan Peninsula

Easily accessible internet-based platforms describing model invertebrate genera of the Balkan Peninsula as spiders and rove beetles are being developed by scientists from the National Museum of Natural History at BAS. They will collect and analyze data from molecular, statistical and morphological studies in order to lay the foundations for research on the invertebrate fauna of the peninsula. The results will be presented on the platforms: http://balkan-spiders.com for spiders and http://coleoptera-bulgaria.myspecies.info – for beetles. […]

2019-04-22T15:44:13+02:00Monday, 15 April 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, Bioresources and Ecology, Selected|