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August 2019

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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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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