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    Piotr Bajdek

    This is my first post on FOSSIL, so let me introduce myself… I’m Piotr, I live in Poland, and I’ve been searching for fossils since I was 5 years old. Yesterday, I found this website and I admire its concept of “social paleontology” and interaction between professional and amateur paleontologists. It is particularly appealing to me personally because I’m an independent researcher. I’ve published nine peer-reviewed journal publications as an unaffiliated researcher (well, the ninth one is currently in press) and mostly as the first author. I don’t have scientific titles.

    However, I imagine I shouldn’t talk too much about myself. I read the Publications section I am delighted to see there are more avocational paleontologists publishing their research and forming a community on FOSSIL–definitely, it should be interesting to keep in touch with you all! I look forward seeing more activity on FOSSIL such as thoughtful discussions on science and projects.

    I propose this new topic dedicated to publications (journal papers, conference abstracts, books, etc.) by unaffiliated researchers / avocational paleontologists. So if a new publication authored/coauthored by an independent researcher comes out, we can cite it herein and discuss.

    Piotr Bajdek

    Here goes the first paper… Feel free to ask me questions. 🙂

    Bajdek, P., Szczygielski, T., Kapuścińska, A., and Sulej, T. in press. Bromalites from a turtle-dominated fossil assemblage from the Triassic of Poland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.


    • Studied coprolites provide information on a turtle-dominated Late Triassic ecosystem.
    • Coprolites were produced by sharks, turtles, theropods, and a sizable herbivore.
    • Carnivores fed predominantly on fish in this fluvial environment.
    • The turtle Proterochersis porebensis was likely omnivorous and semiaquatic.
    • Life habits of early turtles were similar to those typical of extant taxa.
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