In an interdisciplinary study led by the Natural History Museum in Bern, researchers were able to decipher the origin of the material used for a Bronze Age arrowhead. The iron used came from a meteorite. The complex analysis of the archaeological object was carried out using, among other methods, the Swiss Muon Source SμS at PSI.
A team of German and Argentinian researchers has used neutrons in the FRM II research neutron source at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to identify an animal species that has been extinct for 220 million years. Findings on the new species provide surprising insights into the evolution of mammals.
Researchers of BNC developed a state-of-the-art combination of three-dimensional surface and volumetric digital imaging techniques, as well as position-resolved element composition analysis by PGAI, to scrutinize the rocks containing fossils of the Parascutella gibbercula sea urchins.
The methodology used in the described study opens new perspectives in the understanding of the sedimentation conditions of the sea bottom.