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VUBToday: VUB geologist uses horse teeth to measure climate changes

Studying the climate of the past can teach us more about climate change today and in the future. Geologists normally use fossils, ice cores or sediments for these reconstructions – but for his doctorate under the guidance of Prof Philippe Claeys, Niels de Winter used modern oyster and mussel shells and teeth from horses. While the usual method only allows researchers to record fluctuations over long periods of time – thousands to millions of years – with this unusual comparative technique, de Winter could determine short-term to even seasonal differences in the geological past. This breakthrough provides opportunities to predict the impact of climate change.  read more on VUB Today