Imperial College London

Dr. Martin D. Brazeau

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2254m.brazeau




W2.2KennedySilwood Park





See my lab webpage for more details.

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.



Castiello M, Jerve A, Burton MG, et al., 2020, Endocranial morphology of the petalichthyid placoderm Ellopetalichthys scheii from the Middle Devonian of Arctic Canada, with remarks on the inner ear and neck joint morphology of placoderms, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, ISSN:0008-4077

Brazeau MD, Giles S, Dearden RP, et al., 2020, Endochondral bone in an Early Devonian ‘placoderm’ from Mongolia, Nature Ecology and Evolution, ISSN:2397-334X

Brazeau MD, Guillerme T, Smith MR, 2019, An algorithm for morphological phylogenetic analysis with inapplicable data, Systematic Biology, Vol:68, ISSN:1063-5157, Pages:619-631

Dearden R, Stockey C, Brazeau M, 2019, The pharynx of the stem-chondrichthyan Ptomacanthus and the early evolution of the gnathostome gill skeleton, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-7


Giles S, Castiello M, Dearden RP, et al., 2019, Endoskeletal Trabecular Bone in a Placoderm from the Early Devonian of Mongolia, WILEY, Pages:S127-S127, ISSN:0362-2525

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