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ANICT MSc Fellowship: Drawing dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils

Octávio Mateus, member of ANICT and researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, was the winner in the “Other Scientific field / multidisciplinary ” of the 2012 ANICT Msc Fellowships award. He will supervise the MSc candidate Joana Bruno, to pursue her thesis in Scientific Drawing at the University of Évora, in the theme of “Paleontological Illustration of Dinosaurs and other fossils”.

ANICT member Octávio Mateus (left) and MSc candidate Joana Bruno (right)

More about the MSc project:

The Master’s dissertation is devoted to the illustration of dinosaurs and other Cretaceous and Cenozoic fossil vertebrates within the scope of the «PaleoAngola Project». The main goal is to produce scientifically accurate drawings that will contribute to the research of paleontology and promote the value of Angolan fossils. These include new species hitherto unknown to science, are presently under preparation and study in the Museum of Lourinhã and will afterwards return to their country of provenance. For this reason, the scientific illustration plays a crucial role in the research.

Moreover, the illustrations may become a part of related scientific publications (including articles and a book currently being prepared by the project’s researchers), and museum and public science outreach.

It is our aim to make the final illustrations not only of use to the «PaleoAngola Project», but also a contribution to the cultural and scientific enrichment of Angola.

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