The study of the mass extinction processes occurred at the beginning (Permo/Trias, P/T) and at the end (Cretaceous/Tertiary, K/T) of the Mesozoic and the ecological processes behind them is the main goal of this research group. The unique, rich and very complete fossil record of these periods in Catalonia make this area one of the best places in the world where to study these mass extinction phenomena.
It is a multidisciplinary project that involves vertebrate palaeontologists, ichnologists, paleobotanists, geologists and paleomagnetists in order to obtain a faithful reconstruction of ecosystems and their evolution through time.
One specific goal of the project is to find - within the stratigraphic series - the exact chronological point of the impact of the meteorite that put to an end much of the life on our planet at the end of the Cretaceous period. This is the main goal in the study of the last dinosaurs in Europe and over the world.
Head of department: Dr. Àngel Galobart