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Dr. Veronica Diez-Diaz

Dr. Veronica Diez-Diaz
    • Instructor in the online course “Introduction to photogrammetry” (Transmitting Science)
    • Instructor within the online course “Care and management of natural history collections", topic: Digitization of natural history collections: basics and best practice guidelines (Transmitting Science)
    1. Meso, J.G., Quin, Z., Pittman, M., Canale, J.I., Salgado, L., and Díez Díaz, V. 2021. Tail anatomy of the Alvarezsauria (Theropoda, Coelurosauria), and its functional and behavioural implications. Cretaceous Research 124, 104830
    2. [OA] Díez Díaz, V., Mallison, H., Asbach, P., Schwarz, D., and Blanco, A. 2021. Comparing surface digitization techniques in palaeontology using visual perceptual metrics and distance computations between 3D meshes. Palaeontology. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12518
    3. [OA] Díez Díaz, V., Garcia, G., Pereda Suberbiola, X., Jentgen-Ceschino, B., Stein, K., Godefroit, P. and Valentin, X. 2020. A new titanosaur (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Velaux-La-Bastide Neuve (southern France). Historical Biology. DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2020.1841184
    4. [OA] Díez Díaz, V., Demuth, O.E., Schwarz, D., and Mallison, H. 2020. The tail of the sauropod Giraffatitan brancai: digital reconstruction of its epaxial and hypaxial musculature, and its implications for tail biomechanics. Frontiers in Earth Science – Paleontology 8: 160. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2020.00160
    5. [OA] Knoll, F., Lautenschlager, S., Valentin, X., Díez Díaz, V., Pereda Suberbiola, X., and Garcia, G. 2019. First palaeoneurological study of a sauropod from France and its phylogenetic significance. PeerJ 7:e7991 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7991
    6. [OA] Holwerda, F.M., Díez Díaz, V., Blanco, A., Montie, R., and Reumer, J.W.F. 2018. Late Cretaceous sauropod tooth morphotypes may provide supporting evidence for faunal connections between North Africa and Southern Europe. PeerJ 43 pp. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5925
    7. Díez Díaz, V., Garcia, G., Pereda Suberbiola, X., Jentgen, B., Stein, K., Godefroit, P. and Valentin, X. 2018. The titanosaurian dinosaur Atsinganosaurus velauciensis (Sauropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France: new material, phylogenetic affinities, and palaeobiogeographical implications. Cretaceous Research 91: 429-456.
    8. Vidal, D., and Díez Díaz, V. 2017. Reconstructing hypothetical sauropod tails by means of 3D digitization: Lirainosaurus astibiae as case study. Journal of Iberian Geology 43(2): 293-305.
    9. Díez Díaz, V., Mocho, P., Páramo, A., Escaso, F., Marcos-Fernández, F., Sanz, J.L. and Ortega, F. 2016. A new titanosaur (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous of Lo Hueco (Cuenca, Spain). Cretaceous Research 68: 49-60.
    10. Díez Díaz, V., Ortega, F. and Sanz, J.L. 2014. Titanosaurian teeth from the Late Cretaceous of “Lo Hueco” (Cuenca, Spain). Cretaceous Research 51: 285-291.
    11. [OA] Díez Díaz, V., Pereda Suberbiola, X. and Sanz, J.L. 2013. Appendicular skeleton and dermal armour of the titanosaur Lirainosaurus astibiae (Dinosauria: Sauropoda). Palaeontologia Electronica, 16 (2); 19A; 18p.
    12. Díez Díaz, V., Pereda Suberbiola, X. and Sanz, J.L. 2013. The axial skeleton of the titanosaur Lirainosaurus astibiae (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Latest Cretaceous of Spain. Cretaceous Research 43: 145-160.
    13. Díez Díaz, V., Tortosa, T. and Le Loeuff, J. 2013. Sauropod diversity in the Latest Cretaceous of south-western Europe: the lessons of odontology. Annales de Paléontologie, 99 (2): 119-129.
    14. Díez Díaz, V., Garcia, G., Knoll, F., Pereda Suberbiola, X. and Valentin, X. 2012. New cranial remains of titanosaurian sauropod dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Fox-Amphoux-Métisson (Var, SE France). Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 123 (4): 626-637.
    15. Díez Díaz, V., Pereda Suberbiola, X. and Sanz, J.L. 2012. Juvenile and adult teeth of the titanosaurian dinosaur Lirainosaurus (Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Iberia. Geobios, 45 (3): 265-274.
    16. [OA] Díez Díaz, V., Pereda Suberbiola, X. and Sanz, J.L. 2011. Braincase anatomy of the sauropod dinosaur Lirainosaurus astibiae (Titanosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of the Iberian Peninsula. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56 (3): 521-533.
    • Anatomy and biomechanics of the tail of Neosauropoda: reconstruction of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the tail by means of 3D modeling, and establishment of a biomechanical framework for tail variability in different sauropod groups.
    • Titanosaurs from the Ibero-Armorican Island: study of the titanosaurian diversity from the Late Cretaceous of southwestern Europe (Iberian Peninsula and South France).
    • Assessment of the best way(s) to digitize fossil specimens by using different 3D surface digitization techniques at the Palaeontology Collection of the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin, Germany).
    • Editor of the “3D Imaging Handbook: Photogrammetry Digitization techniques” for the SYNTHESYS project (2017)
  • Outreach (selection)

    1. „Jornadas de Patrimonio Paleontológico, Biodiversidad y Educación en La Laguna” (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain) (19-20/07/2021): “Digitalizando nuestro pasado: importancia de los modelos y colecciones digitales en paleontología
    2. “Encuentros en el Museo” (Museo de Ciencias Naturales of the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain) (14/04/2021): “Digitalizando nuestro pasado
    3. Episode 7 of the Cultural Heritage film series from the Leibniz research museums about the digitization of museum collections: “How did Giraffatitan shake its tail?


    1. FemaleOneZero (2018):
    2. Spanish Information and Scientific News Service (SINC) (2018):
    3. Spanish radio program “La Linterna” (La Cope, 2018):
    4. Berlin University Alliance (2019)
    5. Trampolín (2019):
    6. Transmitting Science (06/2020):
    7. 50th special episode of the Spanish podcast Dinobusters (01/2021):
    8. Universidad de la Laguna (Spain) within the series “Mujeres en Paleontología” (02/2021):
  • Current project at the MfN

    • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) project 470751746 (11.2021-10.2024): Moving monoliths: analysing the stance and locomotion of sauropod dinosaurs.

    Research Interests

    • Titanosaurian (Sauropoda) systematics, phylogeny and palaeobiogeography.
    • 3D musculoskeletal reconstruction and biomechanics of Sauropoda.
    • 3D surface digitization techniques and methods.
    • Ethics Officer of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP)
    • Advocate of best practices regading the creation, use and publication of digital data in palaeontology (3DigPal group).