Dr Aude Cincotta

I am interested in the taphonomy of vertebrate soft tissues in general and in the changes occurring in the molecular composition and ultrastructure of these tissues during diagenesis. My research project deals with the taphonomy of vertebrate integuments and associated structures in amber. I will test the survival potential of important biomolecules and integumentary structures in amber through a multi-analytical procedure. 


Cincotta, A., Nguyen Tu, T.T., Colaux, J.L., Terwagne, G., Derenne, S., Godefroit, P., Carleer, R., Anquetil, C., Yans, J., 2020. Chemical preservation of tail feathers from Anchiornis huxleyi, a theropod dinosaur from the Tiaojishan Formation (Upper Jurassic, China). Palaeontology63(5), 841-863. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12494.

Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Cincotta, A., McNamara, M.E., Reshetova, S.A., Dhouailly, D., 2020. Integumentary structures in Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, a Basal Neornithischian Dinosaur from the Jurassic of Siberia. In The evolution of feathers (pp. 47-65). Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-27223-4_4.

Cincotta, A., Pestchevitskaya, E.B., Sinitsa, S.M., Markevich, V.S., Debaille, V., Reshetova, S.A., Mashchuk, I.M., Frolov, A.O., Gerdes, A., Yans, J., Godefroit, P., 2019. The rise of feathered dinosaurs: Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, the oldest dinosaur with ‘feather-like’ structures. PeerJ7, e6239. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.6239.

Polette, F., Licht, A., Cincotta, A., Batten, D.J., Depuydt, P., Néraudeau, D., Garcia, G., Valentin, X., 2019. Palynological assemblage from the lower Cenomanian plant-bearing Lagerstätte of Jaunay-Clan-Ormeau-Saint-Denis (Vienne, western France): Stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental implications. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology271, 104102. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.104102.

Cincotta, A., 2018. Taphonomy of fossil integumentary structures and bones from Ornithodira. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Namur, Namur, Belgium. DOI:

Cincotta, A., 2013. Reconstitution environnementale d’un site de fouilles paléontologiques du Crétacé supérieur de Velaux (sud-est de la France) (Environmental reconstruction of a fossil-bearing locality from the Upper Cretaceous of Velaux (southeastern France). (Unpublished Master’s thesis). Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgique.

Vullo, R., Garcia, G., Godefroit, P., Cincotta, A., Valentin, X., 2018. Mistralazhdarcho Maggii, Gen. Et Sp. Nov., A New Azhdarchid Pterosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Southeastern France. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2018.1502670.

Godefroit, P., Garcia, G., Gomez, B., Stein, K., Cincotta, A., Lefèvre, U., Valentin, X., 2017. Extreme tooth enlargement in a new Late Cretaceous rhabdodontid dinosaur from Southern France. Scientific Reports, 7(13098). DOI: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13160-2.

Lefèvre, U., Cau, A., Cincotta, A., Hu, D., Chinsamy, A., Escuillié, F., Godefroit, P., 2017. A new Jurassic theropod from China documents a transitional step in the macrostructure of feathers. The Science of Nature, 104(910), 74. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-017-1496-y.

Cincotta, A., Yans, J., Godefroit, P., Garcia, G., Dejax, J., Benammi, M., Amico, S., Valentin, X., 2015. Integrated paleoenvironmental reconstruction and taphonomy of a unique Upper Cretaceous vertebrate-bearing locality (Velaux, southeastern France). PloS One 10(8), e0134231. DOI: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0134231.

Lindgren, J., Sjövall, P., Carney, R. M., Cincotta, A., Uvdal, P., Hutcheson, S. W., Gustafsson, O., Lefèvre, U., Escuillier, F., Heimdal, J., Engdahl, A., Gren, J. A., Kear, B. P., Wakamatsu, K., Yans, J., Godefroit, P., 2015. Molecular composition and ultrastructure of Jurassic paravian feathers. Scientific Reports, 5(13520). DOI: 10.1038/srep13520.


I completed my Master degree in geology at the ‘Université Libre de Bruxelles’ in Belgium in 2013. My Master thesis was about the palaeo-environmental reconstruction of an Early Cretaceous locality from southeastern France. This locality shows fossils of reptiles including, turtles, dinosaurs and a pterosaur. I then started a PhD in palaeontology at the University of Namur (Belgium) and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Belgium), which I finished in December 2017. I worked at refining the dating (radiochronology and palynology) of a fossiliferous site that contains remains of a basal neornithischian dinosaur, as well as reconstructing the palaeo-environment of the locality. Another aspect of my doctoral thesis was to study the taphonomy of epidermal appendages from theropod and ornithischian dinosaurs. After my PhD I worked as a data manager at ‘Bruxelles Environnement”, a regional organisation mainly dealing with environmental issues (soil pollution, water quality, urban planning, animal welfare, etc.) in Brussels.