9th International Bone Diagenesis Meeting

21-24 September 2021

University of Évora

In honor of Alain Person

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Animal and human skeletons constitute invaluable witnesses of our past. They may tell us about evolution, palaeodemography, cultural habits, paleoenvironments, ecological niches until helping in identifying unknown deceased. However, post-mortem transformations of the skeleton can blur the broad information spectra that has been archived during the life of a vertebrate. That is why, since the first Bone Diagenesis meeting took place in 1988, researchers from very diverse horizons, sharing the same passion for skeletons, gather together about every 4 years for discussing post-mortem transformations of bones and teeth, for improving our understanding of the pathways to fossilization and that of the access to life histories of vertebrates and their environments.

As the last meeting was held in Oxford three years ago, we are pleased to organise the next one in September 2021 as a continuity of this tradition, in Evora, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site located in the heart of Alentejo (Portugal).

As we are clearly concerned with the present sanitary situation, we will follow the guidelines from WHO to make this conference happen with the best safety conditions for all the participants. In order to enable those who will not be able to travel to attend the Meeting, the conference is planned to be hybrid, in-person and virtual.

We believe that it is important for the community to try to realise it onsite at least partially. However, if the sanitary situation makes it too difficult or, if the number of people attending onsite is too little, the conference will be fully virtual.

Please note that in case this happens, the participants who registered and paid for onsite attendance will be refunded of the difference.


Book of Abstracts is online here

Instructions for Talks and Posters are here.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline 20/06/2021
Early bird Registration Deadline 19/07/2021
BD2021 Meeting 21-24/09/2021
University of Évora


BD2021 will be held in the auditorio of the University of Évora, in the historical Colégio de Espirito Santo from September 21-24 2021.
(Entrance Rua do Cardeal Rei)



University of Evora HERCULES Laboratory Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia ARCHMAT Thermo Fisher