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Paleoichnology

Research

Invertebrate trace fossils are one of my major research interests. More in particular, I focused on three study areas:

1) Alps. A significant part of my research is devoted to the Permian-Carboniferous sequence of the Carnic Alps (Italy-Austria). More in detail, I am focusing on the Pramollo Pass, which has been celebrated since the 19th century for its outstanding palaeontological heritage, especially palaeoflora and palaeofauna. My research highlighted an exceptional ichnological record, characterized by an abundant, diverse and well-preserved ichnofauna. For these reasons, Pramollo can be erected as one of the major Palaeozoic ichnolagerst䴴en of the Alps. Moreover, the Pramollo ichnolagerst䴴e revealed a new ichnogenus: Pramollichnus.
I also focused on the invertebrate trace fossils associated with Jurassic dinosaur tracks in the North-Eastern part of Italy and I considered the evolutionary pattern of the trace
Zoophycos in the Northern Southern Alps.

2) Portugal. I am also researching on the crustacean trace fossils preserved in the Mesozoic units of the Lusitanian Basin (Portugal). I am also interested in the Paleozoic ichnofauna of Portugal.

3) Mongolia. Recently I joined a geological expedition in Mongolia and now I am studying the data collected.



Zoophycos from the Pramollo ichnolagerstatte. Figure from: Baucon, A., Neto de Carvalho, C. 2008. From the river to the sea: a new fluvio-marine ichnolagerst䴴e from the Carnic Alps (Carboniferous, Italy-Austria) In: Avanzini M., Petti F. Italian Ichnology, Studi Trent. Sci. Nat. Acta Geol., 83

Trace fossils from the Pramollo ichnolagerstatte. Click on the images for detailed captions. Figures from: Baucon, A., Neto de Carvalho, C. 2008. From the river to the sea: a new fluvio-marine ichnolagerst䴴e from the Carnic Alps (Carboniferous, Italy-Austria) In: Avanzini M., Petti F. Italian Ichnology, Studi Trent. Sci. Nat. Acta Geol., 83

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