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VCWAP 2023: Congratulations to Stamatina Sklavounou, awarded the Prize for the best Poster

Congratulations to Stamatina Sklavounou,

awarded the Prize for the Best Poster!

During the 3rd Virtual Conference for Women Archaeologists and Paleontologists, 34 posters were presented by early-career women researchers. The Gather Town space allowed us to do a poster session, almost face-to-face, with a lot of discussion between the participants through the webcams and microphones.

Among all these posters (of high quality! Bravo girls!), it was that of Stamatina Sklavounou who seduced the jury, which awarded her the Prize for best Poster. She then received a prize of €100, offered by the ERC Subsilience of Ana Belen Marin Arroyo. Congratulations Tina!

The poster: «A new occurrence of the genus Sporadotragus (Bovidae, Mammalia) in the Upper Miocene locality of Pikermi (Attica, Greece) », by Stamatina D. Sklavounou, Socrates J. Roussiakis, Dimitrios S. Kostopoulos, Panagiotis V. Filis

Sporadotragus is a member of the family Bovidae, which includes numerous species of antelope, goats, and sheep. The systematic history of this genus is complicated and unresolved, due to its unclear relations to the caprines and various reclassifications and systematic revisions. The genus is widely distributed in the Greco-Iranian bioprovince and several well-preserved specimens of Sporadotragus parvidens have been found in the classical site of Pikermi (Attica, Greece). However, it is as of yet absent in the new site of Pikermi PV1.
Examination of the local Pikermi bovids and comparison with material from Kalimantsi (Bulgaria) has revealed new comparable but not identical crania, both differing from Sporadotragus parvidens. The resolution of the exact systematic affinities of this new material will help provide a more robust diagnosis of the genus Sporadotragus.

The presenter: Stamatina (Tina) Sklavounou

Tina is a graduate of the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA, Greece), the Greek Interinstitutional master’s Program of Paleontology and Geobiology, and from the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Artworks of the Public Institute of Vocational Training of Ilioupoli, Athens (Greece).

Her master’s thesis concerns the Upper Miocene bovids from the new “Pikermi Valley” excavation sites in Attica (Greece). Her interest in both paleontology and cultural heritage led her to expand her knowledge in conservation and material processing techniques: she has been involved in numerous excavations, museum educational programs, and fossil preparation and curation projects.

Since March 2022, Tina is a PhD candidate in Vertebrate Palaeontology in the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the NKUA. She is working on the taxonomy, paleoecology, and biostratigraphy of Pikermian bovids. She is also a recipient of the Whittington Award 2023 of the Palaeontological Association (United Kingdom) for the implementation of osteometric and dietary analysis in late Miocene bovids.

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