Reader, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Fernando Abdala is an Argentinian palaeontologist that pursued his academic career at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, northwestern of Argentina. He has a Licentiate and PhD in Biological Sciences, and specialized in palaeontology. After years of teaching at Tucuman University he moved to Porto Alegre, southern Brazil as a postdoctoral researcher at the Pontificia Universidad do Rio Grande do Sul, for four years. He has been based in South Africa for the past ten years and now considers himself at home (although without forgetting his South American roots). Besides palaeontology he enjoys listening to almost every kind of music. From time to time he grabs the guitar to play some folkloric songs from Argentina.


  • –present
    Palaeontology, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 1996 
    Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina, Biological Sciences (Zoology)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation