A graduate student from France writes work on the location of mammoths in the Tomsk Region
Samuel S¸ryu is studying at the double-diploma Master's programme between the University of Lille 1 (France) and TSU. Samuel's specialties are paleontology and stratigraphy. He is writing a paper on the results of the excavations at Krasnoyarsk Courier (Tomsk Region), whose age is about 20,000 years, and where the remains of mammoths were found.
- The problem of the extinction of organisms, including mammoths, is fundamental. It still has not been solved, despite the fact that there are several major and many minor hypotheses on this issue - says Sergey Leszczynski, Samuel's supervisor and head of TSU's Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems. -Samuel's work aims to obtain new data on the problem of the extinction of the mammoth fauna.
Last year, Samuel, with Laboratory staff and TSU students participated in the excavations at Krasnoyarsk Courier. Now he and his Tomsk colleagues are analyzing the collected material. In April, he will go to France for a few weeks where will compare the material found in the Tomsk Region with collections that are stored in French museums. Together with his Russian colleagues, he has already filed applications for participation in two conferences, at which the intermediate results of the study will be presented.
- During the first year of the magistracy I studied vertebrates, and when I realized that there would be an opportunity to continue the study of this subject, in particular, mammoths, I decided to participate in the double degree programme - says Samuel. - After the magistracy, I want to go to postgraduate school, but everything will depend on assessments that I will receive.
The Earth Science double master's degree programme between the University of Lille 1 (France) and TSU began last year. The international workshop "Paleobiogeocenosis of Mesozoic and Cenozoic in the Northern Hemisphere", which brought together participants from France, Russia, the USA, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, became a part of the main activities of the Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems.