Professor Dave Martill

Remarkable Fossils: From Egg Yolk to Dinosaur Dung


A majority of fossils are the remains of hard parts or organisms, fossil wood, fossil bones and teeth, fossils shells. But sometimes the softer bits of plants and animals are preserved, and in remarkable detail. Such fossils are rare, but provide an incredible amount of information about the biology, physiology and ecology of long extinct plants and animals. This talk examines some of the more remarkable, and unlikely things that have been found in the fossil record from egg yolk, to dinosaur pooh, and much more in between.


Saturday 23rd March at Amey Theatre

...Talk begins at 11:00, Tickets £5


Speaker Bio


Professor David Martill is Professor of ​Palaeobiology at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth. He works mainly on pterosaurs, theropod dinosaurs and exceptional preservation of fossil vertebrates. He is particularly interested in the Cretaceous with projects on the dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight, the Kem Kem Beds of Morocco and the palaeoecology of the Crato Formation, Brazil. In addition, he works on the vertebrate palaeontology of two Jurassic mud-rock sequences: the Oxford and Kimmeridge clay formations.


His work in Morocco stems from a collaboration with Dr Nizar Ibrahim of the University of Chicago, who works on Cretaceous dinosaur faunas, and has a special interest in the gigantic fish-eating Spinosaurus. His work in Brazil is mainly in collaboration with Dr Paulo Brito of the Estadual University of Rio de Janeiro, with whom he has worked for more than twenty years.

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