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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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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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Palaeontology in the Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci and palaeontology | part 1 Follow this link for part 2 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…

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