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2nd ICAZ Medieval Period Working Group Meeting
Vladimir Nikolov. Photo: (с) Assen Ignatov
Vladimir Nikolov. Photo: (с) Assen Ignatov

Vladimir Georgiev Nikolov


Born on 3 October 1988 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


2019—2022: PhD student at the National Museum of Natural History — Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria. Research topic: “Osteohistological studies on the taxonomy and ecology of fossil vertebrate animals”.
2012—2015: MSc degree in “Geology and Paleontology”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”. Diploma thesis: “Osteohistology of the Bulgarian non-avian dinosaurs and first fossil find of titanosaur in Bulgaria”.
2008—2012: BSc degree “Geology”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”.

Research interests

Vertebrate paleontology, Mesozoic tetrapods in Bulgaria, paleohistology.

Current projects

2021—2022: The lost world of the Bulgarian dinosaurs: An unexpected window to the Southeastern non-avian dinosaur fauna of Europe during the late Santonian — early Campanian times. The Jurassic Foundation grants.

Field work experience

2018—2020: Prospecting and field work at the vertebrate fossil site of Late Cretaceous age near the town of Tran, Western Bulgaria.


Nikolov, V., Yaneva, M., Dochev, D., Konyovska, R., Sergeeva, I., Hristova, L., 2020. Bone histology reveals the first record of titanosaur (Dinosauria; Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous Bulgaria. — Palaeontologia Electronica, 23 (1): a10. doi:10.26879/879

Nikolov, V., Dochev, D., Pavlishina, P., Brusatte, S., Yaneva, M., Konyovska, R., Vergilov, V., Simov, N., Spassov, N., Hristova, L., 2020. Welcome to “Cretaceous Park”: Three years of research at the Late Cretaceous tetrapod fossil site near the town of Tran, Western Srednogorie. — Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society, 81 (3): 141—143.

Pavlishina, P., Dochev, D., Nikolov, V., Yaneva, M., Konyovska, R., 2019. Palynostratigraphy of dinosaur bone-bearing deposits from the Upper Cretaceous of Western Bulgaria. — Acta Geologica Polonica, 69 (4): 617—626. doi:10.24425/agp.2019.126443

Nikolov, V., Pavlishina, P., Yaneva, M., Dochev, D., Konyovska, R., Hristova, L., 2018. Late Cretaceous dinosaur remains and other tetrapod fauna from the vicinity of Tran town (Western Srednogorie). — National Conference with international participation ‘GEOSCIENCES 2018’. Review of Bulgarian Geological Society, 79 (3): 99—100.

Nikolov, V., 2015. Osteohistology of the hadrosauroid (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from Labirinta cave, Bulgaria: An example of insular dwarfism or simply young giant? — 3rd International Symposium on Paleohistology, Program and Abstracts, p. 97.