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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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