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ADAM Tomašových, a Slovak scientist with the Geological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) has co-authored a study published in the July issue of Science, a prestigious American journal, Adela Štrpková of the Slovak Academy of Science (SAV) told the SITA newswire.

ADAM Tomašových, a Slovak scientist with the Geological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) has co-authored a study published in the July issue of Science, a prestigious American journal, Adela Štrpková of the Slovak Academy of Science (SAV) told the SITA newswire.

With the publication of this article, Tomašových, who is only 30, has marked himself out as an up-and-coming international scientist. The study, which deals with the dynamics of species diversification, was compiled by a 35- member team of scientists from all over the world.

The study was part of a project called the Palaebiology Database, which aims to precisely record the occurrence of fossils in time and space. The project began in 2000. Tomašových joined it in 2002, during his graduate studies in Germany, where he collected data on the global occurrence of fossils of molluscs and brachiopods.

“One part of the data stemmed from my own field work, and one part from published sources,” Tomašových explained.

The study analysed the data in detail and its findings disproved some hypotheses that had been considered valid for decades. Tomašových has been with at the University of Chicago since November 2006, where he works in a team led by top American geologist Susan M. Kidwell. That project is financed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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