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 trip was studying deposits from different geologic ages. The palaeontological record of Portugal is amazing: from Palaeozoic trilobites to the Pleistocene landsnails (here figured), through Mesozoic dinosaur footprints!

Fossil gastropod from the Pleistocene of Portugal
“Há Caracóis!” You can read this on the door of many Portuguese restaurants and coffee shops. It means “There are landsnails on the menu”. In this case the landsnail is Pleistocene in age!