Laboratório de Paleontologia

USP - Ribeirão Preto


Origin of dinosaurs

Some of the oldest dinosaurs were unearthed from some 225 million years old rocks from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The PaleoLab team invertifgates the phylogenetic and stratigraphic patterns of the early radiation of dinosaurs.

Saturnalia tupiniquim, a basal dinosaur from the Brazilian Triassic


Cretaceous Crocodyliformes

During the Late Cretaceous (about 70 million years ago) western São Paulo and the Triângulo Mineiro area (Minas Gerais) held an impressive diversity of Crocodyliformes. Some of these, including undescribed forms and their eggs, are under study in our Lab.

Holotype skull of Pissarrachampsa sera during preparation


Triassic 'reptiles' from south Brazil

A series of 250 to 200 million years old rocks from Rio Grande do Sul, south Brazil, has yielded one of the richest tetrapod faunas of Triassic age worldwide. The PaleoLab team studies several of these groups, especially archosaurs and rhynchosaurs.

Artistic impression of the Late Triassic of south Brazil


Permian Vertebrates

In Brazil, Permian (300-250 Ma) deposits abound in the Parnaíba and Paraná basins, which were (at the time) covered by large interior seas. The PaleoLab investigates some of the aquatic vertebrates of that epoch, including 'fishes' e 'amphibians'.

Semionotiform fish from the Pedra de Fogo Formation (Pastos Bons-MA)


Fossil Squamata from South American Meso-Cenozoic

In South America, the Squamata, including lizards, amphisbaenians, and snakes, are found since the Early Cretaceous. Our team investigates this clade, focusing on fossil lizards and snakes.

Holotype vertebrae of Colombophis spinosus