author1Simone Colombero. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Simone Colombero is a vertebrate paleontologist and researcher at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of the Università di Torino. He received his PhD in 2012 from the Università di Torino. His research is mainly focused on the Neogene mammals of Europe, with particular regards to the systematics, paleobiogeography, paleoecology and biochronology of small mammals (rodents and insectivores), mustelids and artiodactyls.

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author2David M. Alba. Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici ICTA-ICP, Carrer de les Columnes s/n, Campus de la UAB, E-08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David M. Alba (Barcelona, 1975) is a paleontologist working at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, where he is the head of the Neogene and Quaternary Faunas Research Group. He received a PhD in Biology at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2005, with a dissertation focusing on fossil apes. His current research lines are devoted to the paleobiology, systematics and evolution of primates, as well as on the paleobiodiversity of Miocene vertebrate faunas during the Miocene.

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author3Carmine D’Amico. Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università degli Studi del Molise, Via C. da Fonte Lappone, I-86090 Pesche (Isernia), Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carmine D'Amico obtained his Master degree in natural sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome and his PhD at the University of Molise. His research is focused on the taxonomy, systematics and palaeoecology of Neogene-Quaternary marine and non-marine mollusks.

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author4Massimo Delfino. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy
and Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici ICTA-ICP, Carrer de les Columnes s/n, Campus de la UAB, E-08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Massimo Delfino is a vertebrate paleontologist whose research activity is focused on the fossil record, morphology, taxonomy and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles. The main research lines are related to the contribution of the fossil record to the phlylogeny of crocodylians and the evolution of the European and Mediterranean herpetological assemblages. He has collaborated to the identification and interpretation of herpetofaunistic assemblages associated to hominoid remains found in Eritrea, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Italy, Oman, and Sudan.

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author5Daniela Esu. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Sapienza Università di Roma, Piazzale A. Moro 5, I-00185 Roma, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Daniela Esu is Associate professor of Palaeontology at the University "Sapienza" of Rome. Her researches focus on systematics, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography of Cenozoic non-marine molluscs, with special interest to Upper Messinian "Lago-mare" assemblages.

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author6Piero Giuntelli. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Piero Giuntelli is a paleontologist and independent researcher that collaborates with the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of the Università di Torino. He is author of numerous scientific papers mainly focusing on marine and non-marine mollusk faunas from the Neogene of Italy.

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author7Mathias Harzhauser. Geological-Paleontological Department, Natural History Museum Vienna, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, Austria. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PD Dr. Mathias Harzhauser is head of the Geological-Paleontological Department of the Natural History Museum Vienna (Austria). He is expert in Cainozoic marine and freshwater molluscs. His main interests are the paleogeography and biostratigraphy of the Paratethys Realm and the Oligocene-Miocene biotic development in the eastern Mediterranean and the Indo-Pacific.

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author8Paul P.A. Mazza. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Via La Pira 4, 50121 Firenze, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Mazza, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Florence, is a paleontologist with expertise in vertebrate paleontology, vertebrate taphonomy, biogeography and paleoclimate. His current research focuses on the paleobiology and taphonomy of continental mammals. Another major research addresses the systematics, evolution and biogeography of insular mammals, with special focus on the patterns and drivers of mammal colonization, diversity and body size on islands.

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author9Michele Mosca. Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica "Cognetti de Martiis", Università degli Studi di Torino, Lungo Dora Siena 100, 10153 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michele Mosca is researcher at LABORatorio R. Revelli and temporary afferent at the Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis" of University of Turin. He graduated in Statistical, Economic and Managerial Sciences at the University of Turin in 2010, attended the winter school of IRVAPP on "Fundamentals and Methods for Impact Evaluation of Public Policies". He has collaborated with the Labour Market Observatory of the Province of Turin for many years. His main research interests are labour market, pension systems, microsimulation and work and health dynamics. He collaborates with Roberto Leombruni to the development of Whip-Salute and other database derived from administrative data.

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author10Thomas A. Neubauer. Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, Justus Liebig Universit, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ - 35392 Giessen, Germany. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thomas A. Neubauer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. His current research focus is the reconstruction of diversity and biogeography of freshwater gastropods during the Cenozoic. Above that, his research interests include gastropod taxonomy and nomenclature, as well as morphometric analyses and their applications in evolutionary studies.

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author11Giulio Pavia. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Giulio Pavia, born February, 1st 1942, is Emeritus Professor of Paleontology at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of the Università di Torino. His researches deal mainly with palaeoecology, stratigraphy, systematics and taphonomy of Middle-to-Upper Jurassic ammonites of Western Tethys, marin molluk fossil assemblages from the Italian Neogene and continental vertebrate assemblages of the Mediterranean Neogene.

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author12Marco Pavia. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marco Pavia is the Collection Manager of the Department of Earth Science of the Università degli Studi di Torino. He received his PhD in 2000 from the Università of Genova. His research is mainly focused on the systematics, paleoecology and biogeography of Neogene and Pleistocene birds from Europe and Africa.

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author13Andrea Villa. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrea Villa (Cuggiono, 1990) obtained a Master degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy in 2014. He is currently a PhD student in Earth Sciences at the University of Turin in Italy.
His main research topics are the fossil herpetofaunas of Europe and Africa and the comparative morphology of amphibians and reptiles. In particular, he is now working on the osteological characterization of extant European lizards and the palaeodiversity of these squamates in the continent.

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author14Giorgio Carnevale. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Giorgio Carnevale is Full Professor of Paleontology at the Università degli Studi di Torino. He received his PhD in 2004 from the Università di Pisa. His research primarily focuses on the systematics, paleoecology and biogeography of Mesozoic and Cenozoic teleost fishes.