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Marine Palaeontology
Specialists in Marine Paleontology arrive in Fuerteventura to study the richness of its deposits

Fifteen experts in paleontology and geology of international prestige tour the island this week in order to study and publicize the diversity of the marine paleontological sites of Fuerteventura. The activity has been organized by the Ministry of Environmental Sustainability and the Biosphere Reserve, under the title Workshop Paleontology and Marine Geology in the Canary Islands.

Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands and contains an important paleontological and geological record to study. There are numerous works carried out on the paleontological sites of Fuerteventura, but for both the dunes and the marine ones there are still gaps of knowledge.
The Workshop has been coordinated by the paleontologist of the Museum of Natural Sciences of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Esther Martín, and the head of the Canary Islands Unit of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, Inés Galindo. The delegation was attended by the regional director of Science and Digital Transition of the Azores, Sergio Paulo Avila, and researchers from the universities of La Laguna, Lisbon and the Azores, among other institutions.
The researchers have studied different coastal sites in Punta de Jandía, Majanicho, Cotillo and Ajuy, in order to specify those of greater scientific and informative value. To do this, basic studies of stratigraphy, sedimentology and fossil analysis are carried out. In addition, high quality images are obtained that allow to make didactic products of great value that contribute to the work of awareness that are being carried out by the Cabildo de Fuerteventura and the Biosphere Reserve of Fuerteventura
The first vice president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura,Lola García, has highlighted the importance of promoting informative projects that allow to value this heritage among the majorera society and among the visitors of the island.
In this sense, García and the general director Sergio Paulo Avila approached positions in order to strengthen cooperation that allows to disseminate the values of this heritage among the Macaronesian islands (Azores, Madeira, Salvajes, Canary Islands and Cape Verde), which have an extensive fossiliferous record that has been studied by different research groups of international prestige.
For Avila, it is important to raise awareness and disseminate to the population all these values with presentations, which should also be taken to the educational field, highlighting the similarities between the heritage of Fuerteventura and other Macaronesian islands such as Cape Verde.
The paleontologist of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Tenerife, Esther Martín, stressed that it is important to unite the knowledge of geology and paleontology, especially on an island like Fuerteventura, the only one in the Canary Islands with a paleontological chart with information from the different sites that can be updated by field workers and researchers.
The event has had the collaboration of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Fight for Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo de Tenerife, the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, the University of La Laguna and Friends of the Museum of Nature and Man.
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