Valentina Rossi


Currently I am interested in taphonomy of colour in skin of vertebrates, with emphasis in the conservation of pigments through the geological time and the conservation of soft-tissues in the fossil record. Also, I am fascinating by rise and evolution of early amniotes during Late Carboniferous-Early Permian period.


McNamara, M.E., Kaye, J.S., Benton, M.J., Orr, P.J., Rossi, V., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., 2018. Non-integumentary melanosomes bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrate skin. Nature Communications9, 2878. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05148-x.

Mears, E., Rossi, V., MacDonald, E., Coleman, G., Davies, T., Arias-Riesgo, C., Hildebrandt, C., Thiel, H., Duffin, C.J., Whiteside, D.I., Benton, M.J., 2016. The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, published online 14/6/2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003.


Jan 2016 – present: Geology PhD student at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland. PhD Thesis: “Taphonomy of integument”.

May 2015 – Jul 2015: Summer project (“At the Feet of Dinosaurs”, supervised by Mike Benton) at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Oct 2012 – Jul 2014: MSc in Geology of Exploration at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy. MSc Thesis: “The fauna of Richard Spur (OK, USA) and analysis of Captorhinus aguti (Captorhinomorpha)”.

Oct 2009 – Dec 2012: BSc in Geological Sciences at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy. BSc Thesis: “Validation of a fossil penguin”.