I am Andrea ‘Tracemaker’ Baucon. My research interests focus on…
"A new study [led by Andrea Baucon] suggests that burrows, borings and trails are ideal to detect any type of extraterrestrial life that may have been existed"
- National Geographic (September 2017)
"From this one sentence, Baucon realised that centuries before other scientists, da Vinci had correctly interpreted the biological origin of the fossil traces and the processes by which they become fossilized"
- Jo Marchant, New Scientist (2 October 2010)
"Baucon also discovered evidence that Leonardo da Vinci was the first to understand trace fossils, pushing the science of ichnology back several centuries"
- Adrienne Mayor, The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times (2011)
"A team led by Andrea Baucon [...] suggests that astrobiologists should follow suit and search not just for living and fossilised creatures, but also the traces they may have left behind"
- Mika McKinnon, New Scientist (22 July 2017)
"A team of scientists [...] led by Andrea Baucon, geologist and paleontologist of the University of Modena, proposes a new approach to astrobiology (the search for evidence of the existence of life on other planets): following the fossilized traces left by organisms"