Valentina Rossi

Valentina Rossi

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PhD Student


Dr Maria McNamara


I obtained my Bsc (2012) and Msc (2014) in Italy at the University La Sapienza of Rome.
Where you did your degree(s) and what you did them on. In 2015 I moved to Bristol to participate at the summer project “At the Feet of Dinosaurs”, supervised by Mike Benton at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Then I moved to Cork to start my PhD in January 2016.



Currently I am interested in taphonomy of colour in skin of vertebrates (amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals), with emphasis in the conservation of pigments through the geological time and the conservation of soft-tissues in the fossil record.
Also, I am fascinating by rise and evolution of early amniotes during Late Carboniferous-Early Permian period.




Oct 2012 – Jul 2014: MSc in Geology of Exploration at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy. MSc Thesis: “The fauna of Richard Spur (OK, USA) and analysis of Captorhinus aguti (Captorhinomorpha)”.
Oct 2009 – Dec 2012: BSc in Geological Sciences at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy. BSc Thesis: “Validation of a fossil penguin”.



Mears, E., Rossi, V., MacDonald, E., Coleman, G., Davies, T., Arias-Riesgo, C., Hildebrandt, C., Thiel, H., Duffin, C.J., Whiteside, D.I., Benton, M.J., 2016. The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK.Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, published online 14/6/2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003


Poster presentation:

Rossi V., Nicosia U., Romano M. (2015) - Ontogenetic long bone scaling in Captorhinus aguti (Captorhinidae, Captorhinomorpha): preliminary results. Edition XV Paleodays 2015 – Abstract Volume, pp 89.

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