Palaeontology discovery published in this week's SCIENCE

This week, Science publishes an interesting paper on fossilised muscles 400 million years old to which the ESRF has contributed

An embargoed press release with photo material is online at for journalists registered with Eurekalert. 

What’s new

  • Magma

    Remnants of an ancient magma ocean in the deep Earth revealed

    News | 4 Nov 2015

    Scientists have revealed that silicate magmas, mainly composed of MgSiO3 are denser than the rocks of the lowermost mantle.

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    X-ray vision deciphers archaeological mystery

    News | 30 Oct 2015

    Synchrotron light has pierced the mysteries of a small 17th Century metallic box thanks to X-ray imaging techniques developed at the ESRF. Scientists were able to virtually reconstitute, in 3D and with astounding resolution, the inaccessible contents of the very fragile and badly damaged box.

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    Save the date - 1st African Light Source Conference

    News | 27 Oct 2015

    First African Light Source Conference and Workshop: 16-20th November - ESRF - France, Grenoble

  • Egg

    A tough egg to crack: Oldest lizard embryos discovered in fossil eggs

    News | 16 Jul 2015

    Synchrotron X-ray scanning has solved the mystery surrounding the 125 million-year-old tiny fossil eggs discovered in Thailand in 2003. A first analysis of the eggshells concluded that they belonged to a small theropod dinosaur, or possibly a primitive bird

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    The ESRF launches a new generation of synchrotrons

    News | 11 Jun 2015

    The ESRF officially launched Phase II of its innovative renovation project, the Upgrade Programme. The highlight and major technological challenge of this second step is the creation of an ultra-bright synchrotron source with performances 100 times superior to present day synchrotrons worldwide.

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