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Professor Steven Goderis talked to journalists of the Belgian popular newspaper "Het Nieuwsblad" over the value of meteorites for the collectors ready to pay lots of money and for the scientist interested in learning about solar system and planet formation, in an well illustrated article titled "Stukje meteoriet gevonden? Het kan je véél geld opleveren, al willen wetenschappers ook hun deel" (in UK: Found a piece of a meteorite ? It brings a lot of money, however scientists also want their share)".

Read the article (in Dutch) here.


New paper by Dr. Christina Cheung a post-doctoral researcher from AMGC and BBLab made the headline in the South China Morning Post.

The paper recently published in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology used stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen to demonstrate that neolitic Hongkongers really loved seafood; they very much relied on it for their diet, much more than on farming. The study analysed 13 skeletons from Ma Wan Island in Hong Kong. Such reliance on seafood is quite unusual even among coastal populations, which most commonly have a much higher proportion of their diet coming from land. 

Read the South China Morning Post news here

Read the original paper here

Christina’s paper


World-press coverage of new paper on finding meteorites in Antarctica

Machine learning helps find Antarctic meteorites, new paper by PhD student Veronica Tollenaar (@FNRS) and Dr. Harry Zekollari in Science Advances read it here in open access. A fine collaboration @ULBruxelles, @VUBrussel, @TUdelft. 


Antarctica in the best place to find meteorites, we have been collecting them there since 2009 with Japanese colleagues. This new paper shows that perhaps another 300,000 meteorites are waiting for us on the ice fields of the South Pole. 

Help find them at

Or check this website to understand where they occur, and read about it in VUB Today

You can also read about it in the medias: NBC News; VRT news; De StandaardHLN; NieuwsbladFrance 24; La libre BelgiqueInverse; Popular Science,  Numerama etc. 

American Geophysical Union (AGU) EOS magazine wrote about it.


Antarctica meteorites



Great press coverage of Niels de Winter new paper on accurate paleotemperature reconstructions in the Cretaceous 

NEWS COVERAGE: in KnackPhys.orgVRTScience DailyYahoo newsScience newsScience.KU.Dk etc (Altmetric)

In this new paper published in Nature Communications Earth & Environment Dr. Niels de Winter and co-authors reconstruct absolute seasonal temperature by measuring clumped isotope in bivalve shells. They prodiced highly precise monthly sea surface temperatures at around 50 °N latitude from individual oyster and rudist shells of the Campanian greenhouse period (78 million years ago) the seasonal range at 50 °N comprised 15 to 27 °C. In agreement with fully coupled climate model simulations, greenhouse climates outside the tropics were warmer and more seasonal than previously thought. 

Niels outreachRead the paper here or download it, or check out the VUB press release here


New Science Advances paper gets international press coverage

NEWS COVERAGE: CNNNational GeographicBBCBrussels TimesRTBFVRT newsHet NieuwsbladSciencenews ... (Altmetric)

Dr. Matthias Van Ginneken, former AMGC post-doc and now a research at the University of Kent in Canterbury and Steven Goderis from AMGC describe the first strong evidence for the discovery of a large airburst over Antarctica some 430 thousand years ago. Such large airbursts should occur rather frequently as a meteorite explodes in the Earth atmosphere, but are rarely reported. The paper illustrates condensation spherules discovered in the Sør Rondane Mountains of East Antarctica; which, based on their oxygen isotopic signature, seem to have come in contact with Antarctica ice. Their formation, - supported by numerical modeling -, results most likely from a touchdown event, in which a jet full of projectile vapor interacts with the ice sheet. 

Matthias paperRead the paper here and check out VUB Today for a summary. 


Steven Goderis paper on Ir detection in the Chicxulub crater in the spotlight

NEWS COVERAGE: UT Texas newsPlanetary NewsKurier (Vienna)Astronomy NewsDe MorgenHet Laatste NieuwsHLN Interview Steven Goderis; RTBFRTL_NLSci News; The research was also featured in Physics Today. (Altmetric)

In this new Sciences Advances paper (click here for open access) Professor Steven Goderis once and for all demonstrates the link between the formation of the 200-km Chicxulub crater buried under Yucatan and the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg ot K-T) boundary mass extinction by finding the famous elevated iridium concentrations within the impactite rocks drilled in 2016 by IODP-ICDP withint the peak-ring of the impact structure.  

Ir paper


AMGC paleoclimate reconstructions using speleothems (stalagmite) is on TV, featuring Dr. Sophie Verheyden and Prof. Philippe Claeys

NEWS COVERAGE: Click here to see the documentary in French from RTBF 


New Science Advances paper on extra-terrestrial dust causing ice age and extinction in the mid-Ordovician makes an impact

NEWS COVERAGE: The Guardian, Science News, Independent, The New York Times (Altmetric)

Science Advances  DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax4184

Read the open access paper here


VUB researcher Prof. Christophe Snoeck contributes to solve Stonehenge mystery

Dr. Christophe Snoeck's paper on " Strontium isotope analysis on cremated human remains from Stonehenge support links with west Wales " that was published in Nature Scientific Reports is seen as a breaktrough in developing insights on the Stonehenge mystery.

NEWS COVERAGE: BBC News, CNN, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Science News, El Pais, De Morgen, De Standaard and many more (Altmetric)