Maria wins International Award for Palaeontological Investigation 2017!

BEES palaeontologist Dr Maria McNamara has been awarded the Paleonturology Award 2017 in recognition of her 2016 paper ‘Fossilization of melanosomes via sulfurization’ published in the journal Palaeontology. The paper was co-authored by Drs Bart van Dongen and Nick Lockyer (University of Manchester), Dr Ian Bull (University of Bristol) and Dr Paddy Orr (University College Dublin).

The award is made by the Fundacion Conjunto Palaeontologico de Teruel – Dinopolis each year. It recognizes outstanding palaeontological research and is given to what is considered the best paper in any field of palaeontology (of those selected for consideration) in the preceding year. The award comes with a cash prize of €4,500.

The award also aims to promote this research to schoolchildren, and the recipient of the award is expected to prepare a popular version of the winning article for dissemination amongst secondary school students.

Maria (centre) and some of her team at UCC

The news article (in Spanish!) can be accessed here:

Maria was interviewed by the BBC!

Maria was interviewed yesterday on live radio for a special episode on feathered dinosaurs for the BBC programme ‘In Our Time’. Catch the podcast at!


Thanks to all the invited speakers and delegates of the Konservat-Lagerstätten workshop. It was a hugely enjoyable meeting and was truly unique as a dedicated extended opportunity for workers on fossil soft tissues and Lagerstätten to come together to share research results, ideas and best practices. The organising committee hope that all delegates enjoyed their time in Cork and benefited from the wonderful scientific discussions. We wish you all the very best of luck in your scientific endeavours and for continued success in the study of Konservat-Lagerstätten.

Download the K-L Workshop programme here!


Maria is featured in Women on Walls RTÉ documentary!

On Thursday the 9th of March 2017, Ireland’s National TV and radio broadcaster, RTÉ, aired a documentary about the recent painting commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy to honour eight female scientists that are currently based in Irish academic institutions. Dr Maria McNamara is one of 12 female academic leaders whose portraits were then unveiled on the walls of the RIA. Click here to watch Maria talking about the portrait.

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