Andrea Baucon

Andrea Baucon
UNESCO Geopark Naturtejo · Geology and Palaeontology Office

PhD

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The paper presents a group of four, approximately 0.5m large, stone disks from entrances or cemeteries of two protohistoric hillforts of north-eastern Adriatic. The disks, having a sparse chronology with the exception of one dated to the Middle Bronze Age, show flat and plain surfaces or covered with sub-circular depressions. One disk shows two lar...
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The Italian Northern Apennines are acknowledged as the place where ichnology was born, but there is comparatively little work about their ichnological record. This study bridges this gap by describing two new ichno-sites from the locality of Pierfrancesco, which preserve an abundant, low-disparity trace-fossil assemblage within the Late Cretaceous...
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Paleontological survey in the remote Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska led to the discovery of lobed Zoophycos from the lower Tahkandit Limestone (informally named Sandstone unit), an interval characterized by grayish-green glauconitic sandstone and conglomerate of coastal origin. The studied Zoophycos consists of a lobate skirt-like...
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OFFSHORE -------------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sed...
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CONTINENTAL SLOPE AND CONTINENTAL RISE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the dep...
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ABYSSAL PLAIN ---------------------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofos...
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LAGOONS ----------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimen...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teach...
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TIDAL FLATS ----------------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils)...
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BEACH ------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary s...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teach...
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ROCY COASTS ------------------------- The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teach...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teac...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teac...
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The slides are part of the "Palaeoecology: methods and applications" course taught by Andrea Baucon at the University of Genoa. OVERVIEW: The activities are aimed at providing practical and theoretical tools to reconstruct the depositional environment based on the paleontological aspects (fossils, ichnofossils) of sedimentary successions. The teac...
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Ichnofossils, the fossilized products of life-substrate interactions, are among the most abundant biosignatures on Earth and therefore they may provide scientific evidence of potential life that may have existed on Mars. Ichnofossils offer unique advantages in the search for extraterrestrial life, including the fact that they are resilient to proce...
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The Cabeço da Ladeira paleontological site in central Portugal became known as the “Jurassic Beach”. Formerly an active quarry, the site was protected in order to preserve the large exposures of a Middle Jurassic (early? Bajocian) carbonate tidal flat with an outstanding fossil record. This multidisciplinary paleontological work involving experts f...
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The Marnoso-arenacea turbidite succession outcropping in northern Italy is one of the most studied deep-water systems worldwide due to its excellent exposure. Despite the well-established sedimentology of the arenaceous succession, the origin of fine-grained intervals within the Marnoso-arenacea Fm is reconsidered in the light of methane-rich fluid...
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Most of the ornamental stones used to decorate the city walls of the town San Casciano Val di Pesa (=SCVP, Tuscany, Italy) belongs to the Macigno Formation that is comprised of turbiditic, brownish to grayish, Eocene-to-Miocene clayey sandstone. This sedimentary unit features a plethora of exquisitely preserved sedimentary structures and trace foss...
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The Early Paleozoic oceans were generally characterized by short trophic chains and simple ecological tiering dominated by suspension-feeding organisms. However , the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE) was responsible for the complexification of food webs, increasing depth and diversity of substrate ecospace utilization and increasing...
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Species of burrowing animals have changed substantially over evolutionary time scales, but, surprisingly, burrows display persisting morphological patterns throughout the Phanerozoic. Deep-sea burrows are geometrically patterned, whereas shallow-marine burrows display simpler morphologies. This divergence between burrow associations is one of the c...
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Penha Garcia Ichnological Park is the most important fossil site and one of the most significant geosites of international relevance, in the territory of Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark. This municipal protected area is a key site for the study of trace fossil diversity at high paleolatitudes in the early stages of the Great Ordovician Biodiversifi...
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The distribution of modern ichnoassociations in the Tavira barrier-island system (Ria Formosa, Algarve, Portugal) is mapped using a GPS-equipped camera. 36 ichnites are identified, including modern analogues of the trace fossils Archaeonassa, These traces form 15 ichnoassociations, each of which is linked with a well-constrained depositional settin...
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Clastic successions in rock shelters commonly host important archaeological findings, especially of prehistoric and protostoric times. The understanding of depositional and post-depositional processes in these environments is crucial to understand the lifestyle settings of humans, as well as the reliability of archaeological data obtained during ex...
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The geoheritage value of sedimentary building stones has mainly focused on physical sedimentary structures and body fossils. By contrast, little attention has been placed on the geoheritage significance of ichnofabrics, which are the sedimentary fabrics that have been reworked by organisms. This study aims to fill this gap by analysing the ichnofab...
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A trace fossil assemblage from the Silurian (Llandovery) black shales of the Genna Muxerru Formation is reported for the first time. The ichnofossil record is abundant, well-preserved and comprises Alcyonidiopsis, Cochlichnus, Phymatoderma, Planolites (large morphotype), Planolites (rough morphotype) and a ‘Small chondritid’. Sedimentological and i...
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In his short joint ventures across the world of vertebrate tracks, Richard Bromley recognized the aeolian sands as unsuitable soft substrates for their preservation. Only after his work in the Balearic Islands, a more systematic study of coastal aeolianites worldwide revealed that these depositional systems could preserve a highly important record...
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New images from Mars rover Curiosity display millimetric, elongate stick- like structures in the fluvio-lacustrine deposits of Vera Rubin Ridge, the depositional environment of which has been previously acknowledged as habitable. Morphology, size and topology of the structures are yet incompletely known and their biogenicity remains untested. Here...
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The behaviour of the iconic ichnogenus Chondrites is re-evaluated based on review of existing literature and analysis of novel data (macroscopic, thin section and ESEM-EDX observations; CT-scans and resin peels of modern analogues; computer-controlled serial grinding; morphometric analysis and theoretical morphology). The bedding plane expression o...
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The Arda River marine succession (Italy) is an excellent site to apply an integrated approach to paleoenvironmental reconstructions, combining the results of sedimentology, body fossil paleontology, and ichnology to unravel the sedimentary evolution of a complex marine setting in the frame of early Pleistocene climate change and tectonic activity....
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Organism-substrate interactions and their products – biogenic structures – are important biosignatures on Earth. This study discusses the application of ichnology – the study of organism-substrate interactions – to the search for present and past life beyond Earth. Three main questions are addressed: (1) Why to look for biogenic structures (i.e. tr...
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The largest ever described Cruziana, more than 200 mm wide, are not uncommon in the Lower-to-Middle Ordovician Armorican Quartzite Formation, at the Ichnological Park of Penha Garcia, central Portugal. They are the most visible trace fossils of ichnocoenoses dominated by classic arthropod intrastratal burrows, tunnels, and trackways, and Skolithos...
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Thick quartzite beds with large bedding planes exposures thoroughly bioturbated with Deadalus desglandi, that can be followed for several kilometers, were discovered in the Lower Ordovician (Floian) of the Armorican Quartzite Formation at Muradal Mountain, UNESCO Naturtejo Geopark (Central Portugal). The complex architecture of this form of Daedalu...
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Ichnology is a powerful tool for understanding the evolutionary paths of animal clades, through the paleobiology of behavior preserved in Lagerstätten such as the Cabeço da Ladeira (Portugal) site. Here, the peritidal carbonates of the Chão das Pias Formation (Middle Jurassic, upper Bajocian) record the development of microbial mats in a tidal flat...
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A review with the description of the low diverse ichnoassembla - ges from the slates of Valongo Formation is made for the first time. Among the organic-rich mining, simple trace fossils dominated by Planolites-like worm burrows and very rare Chondrites developed in short-termed dysoxic intervals, we describe Phycodes canelensis nov. isp. as an adap...
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Trace fossils are important evidence of benthic activity, but they have received less study than body fossils for investigating the aftermath of the end-Permian extinction. There is therefore a need to document Lower Triassic ichnofaunas to understand their significance with respect to the end-Permian crisis. In light of this need, this paper descr...
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The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the performance of the IchnoGIS method, which is a high-resolution framework to capture, manage, analyse and display geographically referenced ichnological data. By surveying neoichnological, sedimentological and environmental variables, the IchnoGIS method allows users to identify the environmental f...
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Trace fossils from alluvial fan deposits were only rarely described worldwide. Here we document an association of meniscate backfilled burrows in the alluvial cone of Sarzedas. The upper Tortonian-Messinian Torre Formation is composed of syntectonic debris flows and sheet-flood facies that pass distally into fine-grained micaceous sandstones and mu...
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The revision of the classic collections of trace fossils housed in the Geological Museum of the former Geological Survey of Portugal is bringing new information to well established ichnogenera. Through the revision of the type material of Taenidium lusitanicum Heer, 1881 and other specimens housed in the Geological Museum of Lisbon and the National...
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Traces – burrows, borings, footprints – are important evidences of biological behaviour on Earth, yet they received relatively little attention in the field of astrobiology. This study aims to discuss the application of ichnology (i.e. the study of life activity traces) to the search for past and modern life beyond Earth (i.e. herein called Astroic...
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The Pramollo Basin (Italy-Austria) is one of the richest body and trace fossil sites of the Alps, and exhibits a well-preserved Permian- Carboniferous fluvio-deltaic to marginalmarine sedimentary succession. Despite the exceptionally abundant and well-preserved ichnological heritage, the trace fossils of the Pramollo Basin are not well studied, par...
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The Geopark Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional (Centre Iberian Zone, Portugal) is developing the inventory of geological and mining heritage since 2004. This inventory in a concluding stage shows 18 fossil geosites, including classical and newly discovered sites evidencing international to regional importance. Some of the oldest fossils of the Iberian...
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Decapod crustaceans are among the most efficient ecosystem engineers of the Phanerozoic, but the path that led to their engineering success is poorly known. The Permian–Triassic continental succession of Nurra (early Cisuralian–early Middle Triassic; Sardinia, Italy) sheds light on this obscure subject, because it preserves the oldest (Roadian) flu...
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An ichnofabric includes all structure and textural changes of the sediment resulting from bioturbation (and bioerosion) at all scales. Abundance and distribution of burrows reflects the non-linear sorting effects of physical and biological parameters, resulting in a disturbance regime which generates patchiness. To analyze the patch dynamics of tra...
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Barrier-islands are common landforms and biodiverse habitats, yet they received scarce neoichnological attention. This gap is tackled by studying the Mula di Muggia barrier-island system (Grado lagoon, Italy), focusing on morphology, ecology and ethology of individual traces. The following incipient ichnotaxa are identified: Archaeonassa, Arenicoli...
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A new method is proposed for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced ichnological data: IchnoGIS. This approach is based on the integration of spatial, geostatistical techniques with network theory, aiming to characterize the environmental significance of recent traces. The efficiency of the IchnoGIS method is teste...
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Although the concept of ichnology as a single coherent field arose in the nineteenth century, the endeavor of understanding traces is old as civilization and involved cultural areas worldwide. In fact, fossil and recent traces were recognized since prehistoric times and their study emerged from the European Renaissance. This progression, from empir...
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Scanning ichnological specimens is becoming more and more common, although only few papers have been concerned with recording invertebrate traces, using only laser scanning technologies. We used this as a starting point for a comparison between 3D data acquisition methodologies for traces: laserscanning and photogrammetry. Our comparisons are made...
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Scanning ichnological specimens is becoming more and more common, although only few papers have been concerned with recording invertebrate traces, using only laser scanning technologies. We used this as a starting point for a comparison between 3D data acquisition methodologies for traces: laserscanning and photogrammetry. Our comparisons are made...
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Since its beginning vertebrate ichnology has based the sharing of data and morphologies on outline drawings and qualitative descriptions of tracks. Though these methods are fundamental for the definition and the understanding of vertebrate tracks, they introduce a high level of subjectivity, due both to the drawing ability and to the sharing method...
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