Fish osteology

Description of project
Identification of isolated fish bones from stomach content of piscivorous species or from human food refuse found during archaeological excavations. The institute has large comparative collections and expertise that allow adequate identification of fish bones from the North East Atlantic, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, the Egyptian and Sudanese Nile, as well as from western European freshwater.

Lab work during the 2014 training.

Duration of training
Duration can range from 1 to 3 weeks depending on training topic. To be discussed with mentor. 

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
MSc, PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers

Practical experiences
Students bring their own study material and will be followed up during the identification process. Attention will be focussed on comparative osteology and on osteometrics. Of each diagnostic bone the skeletal element and taxon will be identified and length reconstructions of the corresponding fish will be made.

Course language

Name of mentor/supervisor
Prof. Wim Van Neer

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
200 EUR per training week + 50 Euro admin cost
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith