Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona


Science Research Biostratigraphy and Palaeobiogeography of the Tethys Sea Echinoidea

The studies focus mainly on the echinoidea of the platforms and basins of the upper Cretaceous.

The main deposits being worked on are located in the foothills of the Catalan and Aragonese Pyrenees, such as the Basturs hills, the Balluguera gorge and the Paúl gorge in Villacarli, and in the Betic and Crevillente mountains, for example, in the Elche reservoir (Alicante) and Cieza (Murcia), where the echinoidea of the deep-water facies of the upper Cretaceous and the palaeobiogeographic provinces.

Studies are also being done of the different deposits of the Central System, where the echinoidea of the upper Cretaceous are being studied (with Dr. M. Segura, UAH, Alcalá de Henares).

There is a project in Costa Rica (Caribbean), which is studying echinoidea of the upper Cretaceous with Dr. B. E. Buitrón (UNAM, Mexico D. F.), Dr. J. M. Pons (UAB, Bellaterra) and Dr. Schmidt-Effing (Univ. of Marburg, Germany).

In recent years, fieldwork has begun on the Cretaceous Period in the region of Dobruja (Romania) both from the south (Constanza region) and the north (Babadag basin, near Tulcea), in collaboration with Dr. Iuliana Lazar of the University of Bucharest.

Head of this area of research in the Museum: Jaume Gallemí

Most recent articles

  •  Kroh, A., Lukeneder, A. & Gallemí, J., 2014. Absurdaster, a new genus of basal atelostomate from the Early Cretaceous of Europe and its phylogenetic position. Cretaceous Research, 48: 235-249.


Research projects

  • CGL2011-25581 Bioestratigrafía de rudistas en plataformas del Cretácico superior del Tethys

    Jaume Gallemí
    Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation)
    4 years

    Participants: Dr Jaume Gallemí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (Mexico) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico).

    Objectives: Biostratigraphy and correlation of the Tethyan Upper Cretaceous soma platform sediments using rudists, and correlation with other macrofossils and macroforaminifera.