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author1Vladimir Nikolov. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Vladimir Nikolov has a M.Sc. degree in Geology and Paleontology from the Department of Geology, Paleontology and Fossil Fuels, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His thesis focused on the osteohistology of the Bulgarian non-avian dinosaurs. He is currently a PhD student at the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, where he continues researching the Bulgarian dinosaurs in addition to his studies on the long bone histology of Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene mammals from Bulgaria. His scientific interests include dinosaur evolution, phylogeny, and ecology, as well as the taxonomic variation of long bone histology in tetrapods and its possible use for the purposes of taxonomy. In addition to his degree, Vladimir Nikolov is also a paleoartist, with some of his most prominent contributions being the illustrations for the book “Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Palaeontology” and the Bulgarian cover of the best-selling popular science book “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. “A New History of a Lost World”. He engages in science communication via interviews for popular media, by giving public lectures, and participating in podcasts. He is awarded scholarship for 2020 by Karoll Knowledge Foundation PhD Fellowship Program.

 

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author2Marlena Yaneva. Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Earthquake Geology, Academic Georgi Bonchev Str., bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Marlena Yaneva is sedimentologist working in the field of Sedimentary petrology, Facies analysis, Basin evolution, Paleogeography, Active faults, Paleoseismology. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Earthquake Geology, Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and participates in interdisciplinary projects dealing with palaeontology and archaeology.

 

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author3Docho Dochev. Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of Geology, Paleontology and Fossil Fuels, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Docho Dochev is an Assistant Professor of Paleontology and Stratigraphy in the Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. There he is teaching courses on Paleontology, Stratigraphy, Taxonomy and Basics of Geology to students in specialties “Geology”, “Geography”, and “Biology”. Most of his professional work is focused on the study of Upper Cretaceous ammonites and inoceramid bivalves, their taxonomy, evolution, and stratigraphic correlation. Docho Dochev is a member of three Bulgarian Antarctic Expeditions (2016-2018) to Livingston Island, Antarctica, where he worked on Lower Cretaceous fossil fauna and flora.

 

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author4Ralitsa Konyovska. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Palaeontology and Mineralogy, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ralitsa Konyovska has Master degrees in Archaeometry and Palaeoanthropology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Currently she is specialist on conservation and restoration of fossil materials in the department of Palaeontology and Mineralogy, National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her scientific interests are in conservation and restoration of fossils, primatology and palaeoanthropology.

 

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author5Ivanina Sergeeva. Geological Institute “Strashimir Dimitrov”, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Mineralogy and Mineral Resources, Academic Georgi Bonchev str., bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ivanina Sergeeva received her master’s degree in Mineralogy and Crystallography from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology in 2001. Since 2009 she is geologist at Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, particularly, at the Laboratory for X-ray diffraction studies. Her main research interest and competence include materials characterization by powder X-ray diffraction – phase identification, quantitative phase analysis, unit cell determination of crystalline substances; Crystal structure refinement by Rietveld method; Microstructural analysis - crystallite size, residual stress and micro-strain determination; phase transitions. As geologist she is interested in the mineralogy of ultramafic complexes, specifically ophiolites and related ore deposits. In addition, she is very interested in the structural characterization of spinel group minerals and relation with crystallization conditions and metamorphism.

 

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author6Latinka Hristova. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Palaeontology and Mineralogy, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria. l

Dr. Latinka Hristova is a geologist, with M.Sc. degree in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Her PhD thesis (2003), done at the Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, is in the field of paleontology and stratigraphy and is focused on the hipparionine horses from the Miocene of Bulgaria. Since 2005, she has been a staff member of the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia. Currently, Latinka Hristova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Palaeontology and Mineralogy at the museum. She works mostly on fossil horses and cave bears, but has recently turned her attention to Late Cretaceous crocodylomorphs and turtles. Her scientific interests include palaeoecology and taxonomy.

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