I am a palaeontologist with a special interest on basal tetrapods (no chickens please!) from the Permian and the Triassic periods, specially from the Paraná and the Karoo basins. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador (Central America) and got my background education in Brazil and South Africa. I found my first fossil during my undergraduation in Biology (1994-1997) at Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul. It was a scrappy brachiopod, collected at Chapada dos Guimarães, that I still keep at home. But it was during my MSc in Geosciences (1998-2000), at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, that I went deep into Palaeontology, working on procolophonids, and becoming familiar with the Triassic strata of the Paraná Basin. During a short time (2001-2002) I returned to San Salvador to work at the Museo de Historia Natural de El Salvador, collecting tons of Pleistocene megafauna for them. In 2003 I headed to South Africa to pursue PhD studies at the University of the Witwatersrand under supervision of Dr. Bruce Rubidge. A great opportunity to explore and learn from the magnificent Karoo. In 2007-2009 I came back to Brazil for a postdoc at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, this time spending most of my time in the Permian strata of the Paraná Basin (after seeing all the nice Permian stuff from the Karoo I decided that we should go and find the same things here!!). Now I am based at the Universidade Federal do Piauí, in Teresina which is only 5º S from the equator and the hottest state capital in Brazil. Here I am in the middle of the Parnaíba Basin, surrounded by lots of unexplored Permian exposures, and some Triassic ones too...