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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Trace fossils of Ichnosummer

Ichnosummer 2019 has been a success! In fact, during fieldwork in Portugal, I discovered thousands of beautiful trace fossils. Now it is time to go from aesthetics to science, i.e. I need to understand the behaviours of those spectacular burrows. The beauty of these trace…

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Ichnosummer 2019

Ichnosummer 2019 started in Portugal! This will be a period of intense fieldwork in the Palezoioic and Mesozoic units of Iberia. Here I am (left) with Carlos Neto de Carvalho (right). What will we find in the Ordovician rocks of UNESCO Geopark Naturtejo?

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Palaeontology in the Renaissance

Mona Lisa's gaze on a fossil bivalve. Fossil from the collections of the University of Genova. The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected Western intellectual life by introducing great advances in many aspects of intellectual inquiry. Beginning in Italy and spanning roughly the…

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Trace of the day: Piscichnus

The seafloor of the Ligurian Sea is more than an expanse of sand. In fact, it often features traces of life-substrate interactions, such as these circular 'craters'. What are they? They are feeding pits produced by fishes, almost identical to the trace fossil Piscichnus. This…

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