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The overarching theme of research in our lab concerns the relationship between development and evolution, and the role that palaeontological data play in fleshing out the skeletal framework of organismal evolution based otherwise on living animals.

Our research encompasses traditional palaeontology, including comparative anatomy, histology and phylogenetics, as well as synchrotron tomographic microscopy, computed tomography, elemental mapping and Kikuchi diffraction, to better understand patterns of character evolution among extinct lineages intermediate of their extant relatives.

We also run a molecular lab cloning genes for molecular phylogenetics, molecular clock analyses and developmental biology.