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Focus deals with my research

Focus is one of the major Italian science magazines. It discussed my research on ichnology and astrobiology! You can read the corresponding article here. An excerpt of the Focus article dealing with my research.

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Ichnology on la Repubblica

The newspaper la Repubblica ('the Republic') is one of the major Italian general-interest newspapers. My research has been featured on its pages: read the corresponding article here! An excerpt of the la Repubblica page featuring my research

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Surf (bodyboarding) and ichnology

Here I am, ready to bodyboard! My life revolves around weather patterns, tides, and the surf.- Mike Stewart Bodyboarding is a water sport in which the surfer rides a short board, typically using fins for propulsion and control. Mike Stewart, nine-time World Champion bodyboarder, described…

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Galleries in black shales: a gallery

A gallery of trace fossils from the Silurian of Sardinia The word pun of the title refers to the fossil tunnels preserved in the Genna Muxerru Formation. They have been produced 440 million years ago by unknown organisms within a muddy seafloor. To know more,…

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Bioturbated black shales

Black shales are dark, fine-grained rocks that conjure up with images of lifeless seafloors. In fact, they usually originate as muds deposited in low-oxygen seafloors. As such, they are expected to be devoid of life... but there is a burrow in this 440-million-years-old black shale…

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My research on La Stampa

My research appeared on La Stampa! La Stampa is one of the oldest and major Italian newspapers, i.e. it is the 4th newspaper based on the number of copies it distributes). Specifically, the article on La Stampa discusses my research on some enigmatic Martian structures,…

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Interviewed on the Science Show

Did we discover extraterrestrial ichnofossils? Me and Roberto Cabella answered this question on Renato Sartini's Science Show! You can watch the full interview on YouTube. In the following photo I am setting up my studio for the interview on Renato Sartini's Science Show… disentangling the…

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Why did an organism produce Chondrites?

The iconic fossil Chondrites is broadly seaweed-shaped, and is one of the most common—and historically important—fossil burrows. What animal produced such a complex burrow, and why? I tried to answer this question by assembling a team of 16 researchers from different disciplines. The results have…

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The Northern Adriatic Sea as a model for past seas

The Northern Adriatic Sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea. As a shallow (average depth: 35 m), semi-enclosed sea lying on continental crust, it is an ideal model for past epeiric (epicontinental) seas. In his 2007 book "The Northern Adriatic Ecosystem: Deep Time…

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Ichnofossils, astrobiology… and music!

On the 8th November, I will present my astrobiological studies at the University of Genova. Since the presentation will be in Italian, I am going to switch the language! La locandina dell'evento “Esiste la vita oltre la Terra?” è una delle più grandi domande scientifiche…

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Travelling in Portugal: from Palaeozoic to Pleistocene

Here I am, ready to study the fossil dunes of the Portuguese coast! During this summer I travelled to Portugal. Sounds like a big trip, but it is even bigger if you think that I crossed 450 million years! In fact, the reason of this…

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Da Vinci and petrified shells

Leonardo da Vinci and palaeontology | part 2 (Click this link for part 1) What is the true nature of petrified shells? Background picture from Leonardo's Codex. Among the corpus of Leonardo’s writings, the Codex Leicester has been acknowledged as a fundamental document in the…

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Researching at the Jurassic Beach

The Jurassic Beach is an exceptional fossil site in Portugal. Special techniques are needed to study its exceptional fossil content. Above, Jose Antonio Anacleto and Ricardo Paredes are casting trace fossils at the Jurassic Beach palaeontological site (Praia Jurássica). Me waring protectionsKneeling on Jurassic limestones…

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Jurassic Beach

Jurassic Beach? Yes, there is a beach dating back to the age of dinosaurs (Praia Jurássica) near Porto de Mós, Portugal. I recently joined the Jurassic Beach team to study this exceptional palaeontological site! Here is the Jurassic Beach team! From the foreground to the…

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