Imperial College London

Dr. Martin D. Brazeau

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



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Research Projects

morphology and evolution of the vertebrate skull

The internal anatomy of the vertebrate skull reveals a wealth of anatomical information. Most importantly, the internal (endochondral) skeleton is a ubiquitous feature of vertebrates, lending itself to broad comparison even among very distantly related lineages, or groups that may have few outward resemblances. However, it may be difficult or impossible to access in some fossils without permanently destroying the specimen. We use high resolution computed tomography scanning to extract endocranial data from well preserved, though often overlooked, fossils from the Palaeozoic Era.


Palaeozoic vertebrates of mongolia

In collaboration with the Paleontological Center of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, I have been undertaking a major exploratory research project in western Mongolia. Previous work in western Mongolia has uncovered isolated microvertebrate remains in early Silurian deposits. Since 2010, and supported by National Geographic, we have been actively exploring Devonian and some Silurian deposits in this region.


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ERC Starting Grant — "The Origin of Jawed Vertebrates and the Evolution of Morphology in Deep Time"









past funding

National Geographic:

Committee for Research and Exploration

Global Exploration Fund — Northern Europe



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Guest Lectures

“The evolving face of jawed vertebrates: a view from the fossil record”, Yale University, 2019

New Data on the Endoskeletal Morphology and Evolution of Early Jawed Fishes, Indopacific Fish Conference, CRIOBE, Papeete, French Polynesia, 2018

“The fossil fishes of the Orcadian Basin in the vertebrate tree of life”., Friends of Hugh Miller at the Hugh Miller Legacy Conference, Cromarty, Scotland, 2013