Dr Ryoko Matsumoto

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Ryoko Matsumoto was a PhD student in the Evans Lab.
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1999-2003 BSc in Agriculture, Tokyo Agricultural University, Japan
2003-2005 MSc in Vertebrate Palaeontology, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2005-2006 Diploma in English for Academic Purposes with Academic Research Skills, (UCL)
2006-2011 PhD Vertebrate Palaeontology (UCL)
2011-2013 Postdoctoral JPRS Fellow, National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan
2013- Researcher, Department of Zoology, Kanagawa Prefecture Museum of Natural History Zoology, Japan.

Prizes and awards won:
2009 Talk prize, joint 1st. 10th Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems. Teruel, Spain.
2009 Poster prize, 1st. 11th Young Systematics Forum. NHM, London, UK.


Peer reviewed:

  • Matsumoto R, Evans, SE. & Shimojima, S. 2002. The dentary of a choristodere (Reptilia: Archosauromorpha) from the Okurodani Formation, Tetori Group (Early Cretaceous), Japan. Bulletin of the National Science Museum Tokyo, 28: 43–48.
  • Matsumoto R, Evans, SE & Manabe, M. 2007. A new species of Monjurosuchus (Reptilia: Choristodera) from the Lower Cretaceous of Japan. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 52 (2): 329–350. http://app.pan.pl/article/item/app52-329.html
  • Matsumoto R, Suzuki S, Tsogtbaatar K, Evans SE. 2009. New material of the enigmatic reptile Khurendukhosaurus (Diapsida: Choristodera) from Mongolia. Naturwissenschaften 96 (2): 233–242. http://www.springerlink.com/content/k05k3101vw24w832/
  • Matsumoto R. 2009. Skull function and evolution in Choristodera (Reptilia: Diapsida). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 70: 75–79. Weblink
  • Matsumoto R, Evans SE. 2010. Choristoderes and the freshwater assemblages of Laurasia. Journal of Iberian Geology 36: 253-274. Weblink
  • Evans SE, Jones MEH, Matsumoto R. 2012. A new lizard skull from the Purbeck Limestone Group (Lower Cretaceous) of England. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France 183: 517–524. DOI: 10.2113/​gssgfbull.183.6.517
  • Matsumoto R, Buffetaut E, Escuille F, Hervet S, Evans SE. 2013. New material of the choristodere  Lazarussuchus (Diapsida, Choristodera) from the Paleocene of France. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(2):319-339.  DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2012.716274

Extended abstracts:

  • Matsumoto R, Evans SE. 2009. Choristoderes and the freshwater assemblages of Laurasia. In Buscalioni ÁD, Martínez MF, eds. Abstracts of the 10th international meeting of Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Teruel. Spain, Madrid: UA Ediciones. 69–71.

Selected abstracts:

  • Matsumoto R. & Shimojima, S. 2002. A choristoderan dentary from Lower Cretaceous of Japan. Abstract. Meeting of the Japanese Society of Palaeontology.
  • Matsumoto R., Yamaguchi, I., & Yamaguchi, M. 2005. A new choristoderan reptile from the Lower Cretaceous Tetori Group, Japan. Abstract. Meeting of the Japanese Society of Palaeontology.
  • Matsumoto R. 2005. A new choristodere from the Lower Cretaceous of Japan. Abstract: Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, London, 2005.
  • Manabe M, Yabumoto Y, Matsumoto R & Evans S.E. 2006. The vertebrate fossil assemblages of the Tetori Group of Central Honshu, Japan. International Congress of Palaeontology, Short Papers. June 2006: 439–-440.
  • Hasegawa Y, Matsumoto R, Ohashi T, Evans SE, Manabe M. 2007. Cretaceous tetrapod faunas: Contributions from the vertebrate fossil record of Japan. 2nd International Symposium of the IGCP Project 507. Seoul, KOREA.
  • Matsumoto R. & Evans, SE. 2007. The function of palatal dentition. Abstract. Meeting of the Japanese Society of Palaeontology.
  • Matsumoto R. 2007. The Early Cretaceous choristoderan reptile, Monjurosuchus, in China and Japan. Abstract. Congress Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
  • Evans SE, Jones MEH, Matsumoto R, Upchurch P, Wang Y. 2008. Reptiles and amphibians from the Early Cretaceous Jehol biota of China: palaeoenvironmental palaeobiological implications. UCL China, programme and abstracts: 38. 
  • Matsumoto R and Evans SE. 2008. Skull function and suture morphology in Choristodera. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28S: 68.


Ryoko was a demonstrator for dissection room practical classes for "Introduction to Human Anatomy" (ANAT1003) and "Human Anatomy and Embryology" (ANAT 2050).

Selected field work experience:

2000-2006 Shiramine (Ishikawa Prefecture) and Shokawa (Gifu Prefecture), Japan.
2001 North Dakota, USA
2001 Inverloch, Victorian costal, South Australia
2002 Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Canada
2003 Inverloch, Victorian costal, South Australia
2004 Inverloch, Victorian costal, South Australia

Other academic activities:

1999-2005 Part-time research assistant. Palaeontology lab, National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2002 One month preparation training, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Canada.
2001 Fossil conservation and preparation – attended training course in preparation at Monash University. Melbourne, Australia.

The Science Museum Minnesota (USA).
Dr Don Henderson at Drumheller (Canada).