My research concerns the evolution of modern vertebrate anatomy. I use the fossil record of early vertebrates from the Palaeozoic Era (approx. 540 to 250 million years ago) to reconstruct the evolutionary assembly of major features of vertebrate anatomy, such as the skull and jaws, paired appendages, and hard tissues.
Brazeau MD, de Winter V, 2015, The hyoid arch and braincase anatomy of Acanthodes support chondrichthyan affinity of 'acanthodians', Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:282, ISSN:0962-8452
Giles S, Friedman M, Brazeau MD, 2015, Osteichthyan-like cranial conditions in an Early Devonian stem gnathostome, Nature, Vol:520, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:82-U175
Brazeau MD, Friedman M, 2015, The origin and early phylogenetic history of jawed vertebrates, Nature, Vol:520, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:490-497
et al., 2015, Endoskeletal structure in Cheirolepis (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii), An early ray-finned fish, Palaeontology, Vol:58, ISSN:0031-0239, Pages:849-870
Brazeau MD, Friedman M, 2014, The characters of Palaeozoic jawed vertebrates, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol:170, ISSN:0024-4082, Pages:779-821