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Palaeontology
Palaeoenvironmental research in Sheffield covers a wide field integrating palaeontology, sedimentology and stratigraphy.

Research topics of interest include :

  • Biomineralisation and skeletal growth studies
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Dinosaur footprints
  • Evolutionary studies
  • Functional morphology
  • Geological conservation
  • Morphometric analysis
  • Numerical taxonomy
  • Palaeoecology
  • Palaeobiogeography
  • Trace fossil studies
  • Taxonomy and systematics

As a progressive department, we would be happy to consider all well thought-out project proposals within the fields of palaeontology, sedimentology or stratigraphy. Geography has two specialist laboratories for palaeontological preparation, which include facilities such as an air-abrasive unit, ultrasonic bath, vibro-tools and dentist drill. In addition, fine cutting and sectioning equipment in these laboratories and the rock preparation suite support micro-structure work including stains and peels.
Internal and external moulds of an Ordovician trilobite from Portugal
Internal and external moulds of an Ordovician trilobite from Portugal

Internal mould of a trigonioid bivalve showing gill preservation
Internal mould of a trigonioid bivalve showing gill preservation

Close links exist with palaeontologists within various U.K. sectors and other universities.

For further information please complete our on-line Postgraduate Enquiry Form or contact:-

Dr M.A. Whyte or Dr M. Romano
Department of Geography,
University of Sheffield,
Dainton Building,Brookhill,
Sheffield, S3 7HF,
U. K.
Tel:- (0114) 222 3610/11
Fax:- (0114) 222 3650
Email:-
Dr M.A. Whyte

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