Imperial College London

Dr. Martin D. Brazeau

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2254m.brazeau




W3.1KennedySilwood Park





See my lab webpage for more details.

How do new morphological traits evolved and what were the larger consequences of these innovations to biodiversity? To get at this problem my research explores the evolutionary foundations of modern vertebrate anatomy using the fossil record and modern phylogenetic tools. My research looks to the fossils 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.



Dearden RP, den Blaauwen JL, Sansom IJ, et al., 2021, A revision of Vernicomacanthus Miles with comments on the characters of stem-group chondrichthyans, Papers in Palaeontology, Vol:7, ISSN:2056-2799, Pages:1949-1976

Brazeau MD, Giles S, Dearden RP, et al., 2020, Endochondral bone in an early devonian ‘placoderm’ from Mongolia, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Vol:4, ISSN:2397-334X, Pages:1477-1484

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, Vol:58, ISSN:0008-4077

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


Brazeau M, Desjardins C, 2020, Morphy, v.0.3beta

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