Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions

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The Group Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions is a Consolidated Group recognized by the Aragon Government, in the field of the Experimental Sciences and Mathematics. This team start to work back in 1993 and is formed by researchers working at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Zaragoza, having variable experience in the fields of Paleontology, Stratigraphy and Geodinamics. It is a multidisciplinary group, formed mainly by geologists, including also archaeologists and biologists.

The research area of the Group is mainly Arag贸n, with the analysis of different outcrops and fossil sites located across the Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel provinces. The members of the group also have an active collaboration with other research institutes, which have resulted in research in other Spanish areas (Burgos, Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Barcelona, Lleida and Castell贸n), in the North of Patagonia (Argentina), T煤nez or in the Swiss Jura Alps.

The main fields of interest of the Group are concentrated in the paleontological and stratigraphycal analysis of the sedimentary succession exposed in the Mesozoic and Cenozoic of the Iberian Chain and the Pyrennes. The specific areas of interest can be summarized in five points:

  1. Analysis of the palaeobiogeography and palaeodiversity of the Mesozoic Iberian vertebrates, in particular dinosaurs and mammals.
  2. Analysis of the extinction at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary
  3. Palaeoclimatology and biostratigraphy of the Iberian Pleistocene hominid, including the Atapuerca, R铆o Mart铆n (Teruel) and Tella (Huesca) fossil sites.
  4. Reconstruction of the climatic changes (and sea level oscillations) and sedimentary processes recorded in the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Eocene carbonate platforms (Iberian basin, Asturias, Southern Pyrennes).
  5. Study of the geodynamics of the Iberian sedimentary basins during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous timespan, with the integration of the data in the broader context (i.e., the Iberian Plate related to Laurasia and Gondwana).
Research Lines:
  1. Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in marine and continental sedimentary basins
  2. Stratigraphy and cyclostratugraphy of Carbonate Platforms
  3. Vertebrate Paleontology (Mesozoic and Cenozoic)

The Group has a wide experience supported after more than 20 years of field and laboratory works, including geological mapping, logging and study of fossil sites. The scientific impact of the obtained results is outlined by several hundreds of scientific publications, including more than 150 contributions published in SCI journals. There has been also a very active and continuous participation on national and international meetings. The results have been also shown to the society by means of more than 100 public conferences, more than 20 books and papers, as well as different museums and interpretation centres such as the ParqueCultural del R铆o Martin, Museo de Tella, Museo de los 煤ltimosdinosaurios de Ar茅n etc. The group also have the Aragosaurus web page, with an important number of visits (

Facilities and equipment:

The regular equipment for the anal隆ysis of facies and microfacies (Stratigraphy), the regular equipment for the excavation, preparation and study of vertebrate fossils (Paleontology)

Technological Offer/Services:
  1. Geological mapping and stratigraphycal logging
  2. Training curses and applied research to the exploration of oil carbonate reservoirs
  3. Conservation and education in paleoenvironmental reconstructions, paleontology and preservation of geological sites
  4. Advising in vertebrate paleontology

Dr. Marcos Aurell Cardona Head of group

Dept. Earth Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Other members