Latest University of Florence Stories

2011-06-07 05:35:00

Italian scientists have discovered the bones of an extinct sea cow species that lived over 20 million years ago in a Philippines cave. Limestone rock above the waters of an underground river on the island of Palawan revealed several ribs and spine parts of the aquatic mammal, says expedition head Leonardo Piccini, a geologist from the University of Florence. The discovery of the extinct sea cow species was announced during a symposium at the Philippine presidential palace. Piccini says that...

2009-03-13 07:40:00

Researchers in Italy have uncovered what appears to be the remains of a female "vampire" in Venice, Reuters reported.The woman's remains were buried with a brick jammed between her jaws, most likely to prevent her from feeding on victims of a plague that swept the city in the 16th century, experts said.The discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supports the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death, according to...

2007-05-26 03:00:00

By John Meurig Thomas; Luigi Dei The present intense activity in conserving the medieval paintings on the walls of Santa Croce Basilica in Florence ( La Leggenda della Vera Croce by the 14th-century painter Agnolo Gaddi), and indeed the restoration work of murals in churches across Italy and throughout the world, relies heavily on the ingenious innovations of Enzo Ferroni and his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florence. Wall paintings degrade as a result of...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'