Chemical ghosts

It was thought for a long time that there was nothing left of fossils but petrified bones; but with the application of newly developed chemical techniques we see that there is a lot more information hidden in these old rocks than we thought.

Fossil colour

New research into the chemical remains of colour in fossilised feathers has allowed us a rare insight into what they might have looked like in life

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50 Million year old protein

Novel infra-red mapping techniques have allowed us not only to detect the remnants of proteins in 50 million year old lizard skin, but to map them too.

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Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

Synchrotron Science

We do a lot of research using synchrotron radiation. Click the link below to find out more about how a synchrotron works and how we use it to analyse fossils.

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Royal Society Summer Exhibition

Royal Society Summer Exhibition

The team recently showcased their work at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition.

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Welcome to, the home of Palaeontology at the University of Manchester

Here you will find information on our research group, who we are, the type of research we do and links to recent publications

Please bear with us whilst we set up the website. It should be fully operational soon.

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