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