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Miriam Heingård

I am a Ph.D. student working in the field of molecular palaeontology, an emerging interdisciplinary field that is directed to the study of multimillion-year-old biomolecular remains in the geological record. Living organisms produce a huge variety of biomolecules, and some of these have been documented in tissues of fossil specimens, such as melanin, a pigment contributing to the colour of an organism, and keratin, a protein abundant in structures like hair and feathers. These traces thus have the potential to provide information on the evolutionary history, biology, physiology, and ecology of extinct organisms.

The focus of my Ph.D. project is on material from the Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark, known for its exceptionally well-preserved fossils, including birds, bony fishes, insects and reptiles. This material will be used to investigate the preservation of proteinaceous and pigmented organic matter and those taphonomic pathways that enable their survival across geological time. 

Supervisors: Dr. Johan Lindgren (LU), Prof. Mats Eriksson (LU), Prof. Mary Schweitzer (North Carolina State University, USA)  

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E-mail: miriam [dot] heingard [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Lithosphere and Biosphere Science

Sölvegatan 12, Lund

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