Paleontology Research Lines

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Taxonomy, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoclimatology, paleo-oceanography, taphonomy and evolution of limestone, silicon, phosphate and organic wall microfossils (palynology).

Professors : João Carlos Coimbra, María Alejandra Gómez Pivel and Paulo Alves de Souza. 



Taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, taphonomy and biostratigraphy of fossil plants.

 Professors : Margot Guerra Sommer and Roberto Iannuzzi.


Taphonomy and paleobiology of invertebrates

Morphology, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoecology, taphonomy, ichnology, phylogeny and evolution of fossil invertebrates.

Professors : Fernando Erthal, João Carlos Coimbra and Roberto Iannuzzi.


Vertebrate paleontology

Morphology, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, biogeography, paleoecology taphonomy, paleohistology, biomechanics, geometric morphometry, paleo-pathologies, ichnology, phylogeny and evolution of fossil invertebrates.

Professors : Ana Maria Ribeiro, Cesar Leandro Schultz and Marina Bento Soares.



  • Morphological, taxonomic and systematic study ;
  • Phylogenetic analysis ;
  • Biostratigraphy : bio-stratigraphic positioning, relative age determination, zoning proposition, bio-chronostratigraphic calibration ;
  • Paleo-zoogeographic and paleo-oceanographic studies ;
  • Taphonomic analysis, including quantitative, actuarial and palynofacies studies, to the interpretation of sedimentary and stratigraphic dynamics. Studies on the biases and the preservation potential of organisms with refractory structures ;
  • Paleoclimatic reconstructions, including phytopaleobarometers and charcoal.
  • Paleoenvironmental, biome and landscape reconstructions.
  • Paleo-pathologies, infections, extinctions, heterochrony, biomechanics.