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NEFU students study fossil animals at the science club “Paleogenetics”

17.03.2017

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NEFU students study fossil animals at the science club “Paleogenetics”

Photo: Michil YAKOVLEV / NEFU Newsroom

The science club "Paleogenetics", which was opened on the basis of NEFU Institute of Natural Sciences in January 2017, will bring together students geneticists and paleontologists of North-Eastern Federal University.

The club conducts public lectures about geochronology, evolution of mammoth fauna and molecular methods of studying mineralized fossil animals and plants. "We have completed the course of studying genetic paleontology, but we decided to continue studying in this direction and organized an additional course", the chairman of the club, the master’s student of NEFU Institute of Natural Sciences Nyurgyana Vasilieva said. It is attended by undergraduate students in the field of genetics, including geography and paleontology.

She shared that studying fossil organisms is an interesting, but focused discipline, so there are not many students. "There are many different discoveries in Yakutia - the remains of ancient animals, plants are found during excavations. We are sure that many are interested in further research of these discoveries. This is the goal of our scientific events", the organizers said.

Last year, the young researchers who organized the club took part in the independent student's expedition "Bilim-2016" in Verkhoyansk region. "Our club took part in the study of the perspective locations of the fossil fauna of Verkhoyansk, in the collection of bones and soft tissues for using in genetic analyzes. In the summer 2017, we plan to go to Ust-Yansky region", said Nyurguyana Vassilieva.

The course of public lectures, studies and workshops prepared by master’s students of NEFU Institute of Natural Sciences covers topics of human origin, modern achievements in paleontology. For more information, please click here.

Author: Aleksandra KURCHATOVA, NEFU Newsroom

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