Dr Marc Jones
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Marc Jones is currently a
postdoctoral fellow investigating the relationship between form and function in the reptile skull (BBSRC
skull mechanics project).
Marc's research encompasses the macroevolution of small vertebrates but focuses on specific topics such as feeding, function, biogeography, and systematics. This work has involved a number of techniques (e.g., geometric morphometrics, Multi-body Dynamics Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, cladistics), with respect to members of several different taxonomic groups (e.g., frogs, salamanders, lizards, tuatara, turtles). This multi-disciplinary approach to some extent reflects the influence of his undergraduate degree which involved a diverse range of course units (e.g., vertebrate palaeontology, palaeoanthropology, sedimentology, climate change, molecular biology, evolutionary ecology, and population genetics).
An interview with Marc about a recent paper: "Chewing, it's not just for mammals"
A recent paper published in Current Biology with Alison Cree: tuatara
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7698 (Int: 37698)
1997-2001 M.Sci Palaeobiology. Earth Sciences, UCL
2002-2002 Curatorial Assistant. National Museum Cardiff
2002-2006 PhD Vertebrate Palaeontology. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
2005-2006 Lab teaching assistant. Birkbeck, University of London
2007-2007 Teaching administrator. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2007-2010 Research Assistant. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
2010-2013 Research Associate. Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
Selected markers of esteem:
2002 Poster Prize, 1st. Palaeontological Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK
2003 Poster Prize, 2nd. Centre for Ecology and Evolution workshop, London, UK
2004 Poster Prize, 1st. Symposium of Vertebrate Paleontology, Denver, USA (http://www.vertpaleo.org)
2009 Participated in Evo 150 sponsored by the British Council and Spanish council for Scientific Research.
2009 Invited by the British Council to participate in a Darwin Now events taking place in China
2011 Elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society
Marc currently provides lectures for "Vertebrate Life and Evolution" (BIOL3018), "Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution" (GEOL2008), "Biodiversity and Macroevolutionary Patterns" (GEOL3036), "Introduction to Human Anatomy" (ANAT 1003), and assists with dissection room demonstration for "Introduction to Human Anatomy" (ANAT 1003) and "Human Anatomy and Embryology" (ANAT2050).
- The relationship between skull form and function in reptiles (particularly with respect to Sphenodon and its fossil relatives).
- The radiation and biogeographic history of small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards (particularly with respect to southern continents).
- Ontogenetic and geographic variation in morphological traits.
Recent and current non-UCL collaborators:
Neil Curtis (University of Hull, UK), Mehran Moazen (University of Hull, UK), Mike Fagan (University of Hull, UK), Paul O'Higgins (Hull and York Medical School, UK), A. Kristopher Lappin (California State Polytechnic University, USA), Carlo Meloro (University of Hull, UK), Jules Kieser (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ), David Krause (Stony Brook, USA), Rainer Schoch (Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Germany), Cajsa Lisa Anderson (University of Gothenburg), Sebastián Apesteguía (Fundación de Historia Natural 'Félix de Azara', University Maimónides, Argentina), Ingmar Werneburg (Eberhard Karls Universität), Richard Butler (Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, Munich, Germany), Christy Anna Hipsley (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Johannes Müller (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Philip Mannion (Imperial College London, UK), Alan Tennyson (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ), Yuan Wang (IVPP, Beijing, China), Li Ping Dong (IVPP, Beijing, China), Trevor Worthy (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).
At present, Marc is primarily funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. However, in recent years he has also successfully obtained over £10,000 in small grants from a variety of funding bodies including the Palaeontological Association, British Council, UCL Graduate School, UCL Bogue, Amphibia Tree, Synthesys and the Nuffield Foundation.
Membership of professional bodies:
The Linnean Society of London
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand
Follow Marc on twitter @MarcEHJones
Peer reviewed journal articles:
- Jones MEH, Evans SE and Sigogneau-Russell D. 2003. Early Cretaceous frogs from Morocco. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 72: 65–97. Weblink
- Wang Y, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2007. A juvenile frog from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation Liaoning, China. Cretaceous Research 28: 235–244. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2006.07.003 Appendix [pdf: 26kb]
- Wang Y. Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2007. An aggregation of lizard skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous of China. Senkenbergiana lethaea 87: 109–118.
- Evans SE, Jones MEH, Krause DW. 2008. A giant frog with South American affinities in the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. PNAS 105: 2951–-2956 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0707599105
- Jones MEH. 2008. Skull shape and feeding strategy in Sphenodon and other Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). Journal of Morphology. 269: 945–966. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.10634
- Moazen M, Curtis N, O'Higgins P, Jones MEH, Evans SE, Fagan MJ, 2009. Assessment of the role of sutures in a lizard skull: a computer modelling study. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276(1654): 39–46. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0863
- Jones MEH, Tennyson AJD, Worthy JP, Evans SE, Worthy TH. 2009. A sphenodontine (Rhynchocephalia) from the Miocene of New Zealand and palaeobiogeography of the tuatara (Sphenodon). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1385–1390 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1785
- Anquetin J, Barrett PM, Jones MEH, Moore-Fay S, Evans SE. 2009. A new stem turtle from the Middle Jurassic of Scotland: new insights into the evolution and palaeoecology of basal turtles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 879–886. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1429
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, O'Higgins P, Fagan M, Evans SE. 2009. The head and neck muscles associated with feeding in Sphenodon (Reptilia: Lepidsauria: Rhynchocephalia). Palaeontologia Electronica 12(2, 7A): 1–56. Weblink
- Zhang G, Wang Y, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2009. A new Early Cretaceous salamander (Regalerpeton weichangensis gen. et sp. nov.) from the Huajiying Formation of northeastern China. Cretaceous Research 30: 551–558. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2008.10.004
- Kieser JA, Tkatchenko T, Dean MC, Jones MEH, Duncan W, Nelson NJ. 2009. Microstructure of dental hard tissue and bone in the tuatara dentary, Sphenodon punctatus (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Frontiers of Oral Biology 13: 80-85. Weblink
- Jones MEH. 2009. Dentary tooth shape in Sphenodon and its fossil relatives (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Frontiers of Oral Biology 13: 9–15. Weblink
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2009. Visualising muscle anatomy using three-dimensional computer models - An example using the head and neck muscles of Sphenodon. Palaeontologia Electronica 12(3, 7T): 1-18. Weblink
- Jones MEH, Lappin AK. 2009. Bite-force performance of the last rhynchocephalian (Lepidosauria: Sphenodon). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 39(3): 71–83 Weblink
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, Shi J, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Predicting muscle activation patterns from motion and anatomy: modelling the skull of Sphenodon. Royal Society Interface 7: 153–160 DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2009.0139
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Lappin AK, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Comparison between in vivo and theoretical bite performance: Using multi-body modelling to predict muscle and biteforces in a reptile skull. Journal of Biomechanics 43: 2804-2809. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.05.037
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ. 2010. Feedback control from the jaw joints during biting: an investigation of the reptile Sphenodon using multibody modelling. Journal of Biomechanics 43: 3132-3137. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.08.001
- Kieser JA, He L-H, Dean MC, Jones MEH, Duncan WJ, Swain MV, Nelson NJ. 2011. Structure and compositional characteristics of caniniform dental enamel in the tuatara Sphenodon punctatus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). New Zealand Dental Journal 107: 44-50.
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, Fagan MJ, O’Higgins P, Evans SE. 2011. Hard tissue anatomy of the cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia): sutures, kinesis, and skull mechanics. Palaeontologia Electronica 14(2, 17A): 1-92. palaeo-electronica.org/2011_2/251/index.html
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Shi J, O'Higgins P, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2011. Functional relationship between skull form and feeding mechanics in Sphenodon, and implications for diapsid skull development. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29804. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0
- Apesteguía S, Jones MEH. 2012. A Late Cretaceous "tuatara" (Lepidosauria: Sphenodontinae) from South America. Cretaceous Research 34: 154–160 DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2011.10.014
- Jones MEH, O'Higgins P, Fagan M, Evans SE, Curtis N. 2012. Shearing mechanics and the influence of a flexible symphysis during oral food processing in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). The Anatomical Record 295: 1075-1091. DOI 10.1002/ar.22487
- Mannion PD, Upchurch P, Mateus O, Barnes RN, Jones MEH. 2012. New information on the anatomy and systematic position of Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis (Sauropoda: Diplodocoidea) from the Late Jurassic of Portugal, with a review of European diplodocoids. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 10: 521-551. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2011.595432
- Meloro C, Jones MEH. 2012. Tooth and cranial disparity in the fossil
relatives of Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) dispute the persistent ‘living
fossil’ label. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 11: 2194–2209. DOI:
- Jones MEH, Werneburg I, Curtis N, Penrose R, O’Higgins P, Fagan MJ, Evans SE. 2012. The head and neck anatomy of sea turtles (Cryptodira: Chelonioidea) and skull shape in Testudines. PLoS ONE 7(11): e47852 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0047852
- 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
- Gröning F, Jones MEH, Curtis N, Herrel A, O'Higgins P, Evans SE, Fagan MJ. 2013. The importance of accurate muscle modelling for biomechanical analyses: a case study with a lizard skull. Journal of Royal Society Interface 10: DOI:10.1098/rsif.2013.0216
Peer reviewed book chapters:
- Jones MEH. 2006. Tooth diversity and function in the Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth International symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 55–58. Full chapter [pdf: 1431kb]
- Evans SE, Barrett PM, Hilton J, Butler R, Jones MEH, Liang MM, Parish J, Rayfield EJ, Sigogneau-Russell D and Underwood C. 2006. The Middle Jurrasic vertebrate assemblage of Skye, Scotland. In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth international symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 36–39. Full chapter [pdf: 5334kb]
- Jones MEH. 2006. The Early Jurassic clevosaurs from China (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Harris JD, Lucas S, Kirkland J, Milner ARC, eds. The Triassic/Jurassic terrestrial transition. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 37 548–562. Weblink
- Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2010. The origin, early history and diversification of lepidosauromorph reptiles. In Bandyopadhyay S. (ed.), New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity, Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences 132, 27-44. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-10311-7_2
- Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2009. The Early Cretaceous Herpetofauna of Anoual Morocco. In Buscalioni ÁD, Martínez MF, eds. Abstracts of the 10th international meeting of Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Teruel. Spain, Madrid: UA Ediciones. 113–115.
- Jones MEH. 2003. 1st London Evolutionary Research Network conference. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 52: 45. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH. 2004. 47th Lyell meeting: dinosaur palaeobiology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 55: 65–67. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH. 2005. Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Chester zoo web page (http://www.chesterzoo.org/AnimalsandPlants/Reptiles/Tuatara.aspx).
- Jones MEH. 2005. Erecting a database of known UK Sphenodon (Tuatara) material. Natural Sciences Collections Associations Newsletter 5: 34.
- Jones MEH. 2007. Geometric morphometric analysis of variation in Sphenodon ‘sub-fossil’ material. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 65: 95–99. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH and Ren X. 2008. Craniogenesis: The development evolution of the head (meeting report).Palaeontological Association Newsletter 68: 47–49. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH. 2008. CEE modern functional anatomy workshop (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 69: 37–42. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH. 2009. Muscle activity in the tuatara mirrored by a computer model. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand notes notes 36: 5. (SRARNZ)
- Jones MEH. 2009. The First pre-Pleistocene tuatara fossil relative from New Zealand. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand notes notes 36: 5–6. (SRARNZ)
- Jones MEH, Clement A. 2009. The 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology (meeting report). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 72: 28–34. (http://www.palass.org)
- Jones MEH, Lappin AK. 2009. First bite-force from an adult tuatara. Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand notes 36: 3–4. (SRARNZ)
- Jones MEH, Cree A. 2012. Tuatara. Current Biology 22: 986–987 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.049
- Jones MEH, Evans SE, Ruth B. 2002. Ontogenetic variation in the frog ilium and its impact on classification. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 51: 130.
- Jones MEH. 2004. Skull evolution in Rhynchocephalia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology S24: 76–77. Poster [pdf: 226kb]
- Smith AGW, Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2004. Hyperossified megafrog from the Upper Cretaceous of Madagascar: a new size record for the Mesozoic. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology S24: 113–114.
- Evans SE, Barrett PM, Hilton J, Jones MEH, Parish J, Rayfield E. 2005. The Middle Jurassic vertebrate assemblage of Skye, Scotland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology S25: 54–55.
- Evans SE, Barrett PM, Hilton J, Butler R, Jones MEH, Liang MM, Parish J, Rayfield EJ, Sigogneau-Russell D, Underwood C. 2006. In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth international symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 157.
- Jones MEH. 2006. Tooth diversity and function in the Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Barrett PM, Evans SE, eds. Ninth international symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and biota. London, UK: Natural History Museum. 163.
- Evans SE, Jones MEH. 2007. Early Cretaceous terrestrial lepidosaurs from the Mediterranean region and their palaeobiogeography. Premier congrès Mediterranéen D’Herpétologie, Marrakech - Morocco. Programme and Abstracts book. Université Cadi Ayyad. 40–41.
- Jones MEH. 2007. Evolution and diversification of feeding apparatus in the Rhynchocephalia (Reptilia: Lepidosauria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27S: 97.
- Jones MEH. 2007. Cranial suture morphology of the lepidosaur Sphenodon (Diapsida: Rhynchocephalia) and implications for functional morphology. Journal of Morphology 268: 1090–1091.
- Jones MEH, Evans SE. 2007. The diversification of skulls and feeding apparatus in the Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). Palaeontological Association Newsletter 66S: 38–-39. (http://www.palass.org)
- 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. Poster [pdf: 132kb]
- Kieser J, Tkatchenko T, Dean CM, Jones MEH, Duncan W, Nelson N. 2008. Microstructure and growth of bone and dental tissues in Sphenodon (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). In Koppe T, Alt KW, Meyer G. 2008. The 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology , programme and abstracts. Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald. P3.
- Jones MEH. 2008. Correspondence between tooth morphology and skull shape in Rhynchocephalia (Diapsida: Lepidosauria). In Koppe T, Alt KW, Meyer G. 2008. The 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology, programme and abstracts. Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald. O6.
- Curtis N, Evans SE, Jones MEH, Shi JF, Fagan MJ. 2008. Predicting muscle forces and activation patterns during mastication: a multi-body computer modelling study of Sphenodon punctatus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). .Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28S: 68.
- Jones MEH, Tennyson AJD, Evans SE, Worthy TH. 2008.The first pre-Pleistocene record of a tuatara (Sphenodon)-like animal from New Zealand and implications for the Oligocene drowning. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28S: 97–98.
- Moazen M, Curtis N, Evans SE, Jones MEH, Fagan MJ. 2008. The role of cranial sutures in a lizard skull: a Finite Element Analysis investigation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28S: 117.
- Worthy T, Lee MSY, Jones MEH, Hutchinson MN. 2009 An ancient herpetofauna from New Zealand. Second Meeting of the Australasian Societies for Herpetology, February, Auckland, New Zealand. 20-22
- Curtis N, Jones MEH, Evans SE, O’Higgins, Fagan MJ. 2010. The role and function for cranial sutures in reptiles: a finite element analysis of the skull of Sphenodon (Diapsida: Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 77.
- Humphries ED, Jones MEH. 2010. Geographic variation in the jaws of Holocene Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) demonstrated by landmark analysis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 108.
- Jones MEH, Curtis N, Evans SE, O’Higgins, Fagan MJ. 2010. Cranial joints in Sphenodon (Rhynchocephalia) and its fossil relatives with implications for lepidosaur skull mechanics. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book 2010: 113.
- Lappin AK, Jones MEH. 2011. Empirical standardization of bite-force performance. Society for Integrative Biology 2011 Annual Meeting Abstracts.
Copies of all publications are available upon request.
2007 "The tuatara of New Zealand". Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2008 "The New Zealand tuatara and its’ fossil relatives". Institute of Animal Technology, London, UK.
2009 "A new view of Rhynchocephalia: why Sphenodon is not a living fossil". Evolution 150, Cuenca, Spain.
2009 "The New Zealand tuatara and its fossil relatives". Darwin Now, Science and Technology Museum, Xi'an, China.
2009 "Fossil frogs from China and abroad". Darwin Now, Science and Technology Museum, Xi'an, China.
2009 "Life after a PhD". Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK.
2009 "New perspectives on the New Zealand tuatara (Sphenodon): feeding and evolution". Palaeobiology Discussion Group, University of Bristol, UK.
2010 "The New Zealand tuatara, its fossil relatives and the Welsh Dragon". Geologists Association South Wales Group and Geology Society, University of Swansea, UK.
2010 "Life after a PhD". Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. UK.
2010 "Modeling muscle structure and activity in vertebrate skulls: implications for the analysis of extinct taxa". International Congress of Palaeontology 3, Imperial College, London, UK.
2010 "The origin and early history of Lepidosauromorpha (Diapsida)". Paläontologische Gesellschaft 2010, LMU, Münuch, Germany.
2011 (Feb) "The tuatara of New Zealand". Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2011 (May) "The tuatara of New Zealand". Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
2012 “A new approach to understanding the diversity of tooth attachment in tetrapods”. London Oral Biology Club, Royal London Hospital, UK.
2012 “Oral food processing in the tuatara reptile and why chewing is worthwhile”. Palaeobiology Discussion Group, University of Bristol, UK.
2012 “Why the fossil record is crucial for understanding the evolutionary context of the New Zealand tuatara (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia: Sphenodon)". World Congress of Herpetology 7, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Part of the symposium ‘Insights from the fossil record into the evolution of extant amphibians and reptiles’.
2012 “Early history of the London Evolutionary Research Network”. LERN, UCL, University College London.
2012 “Why fossils are important for understanding the evolutionary context of the New Zealand tuatara”. LERN, UCL, University College London.
2013 (March) "The tuatara of New Zealand". Nature Live, Natural History Museum, UK.
Selected field work experience:
1998 Dorset and Cornwall, UK.
1998 Yorkshire Coast, UK. Included Scarborough, Speeton Clay, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.
1999 Palaeozoic Welsh Basin: Ludlow, Meeting House Quarry, Clarach Cove and Rheader Gorge.
2002 Palaeozoic fish localities in South East Australia (IPC), New South Wales, Australia. Included Grenfell, Canowindra and Wee Jasper.
2003 Early Cretaceous Las Hoyas lagerstätte, near Cuenca, Castilla de Mancha, Spain (3 weeks).
2003 Isle of Wight, UK. LERN fieldtrip. Included the Yaverland, Hanover Point and Whitecliff.
2004 Yorkshire Coast, UK. LERN fieldtrip.
2004 Middle Jurassic Elgol microvertebrate site (Kilmaluag Formation), Isle of Skye, Scotland (3 weeks).
2005 Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China.
2005 Late Triassic terrestrial localities of Arizona, USA.
2010 Radiation of lacertid lizards. Namibia.
Selected press attention:
2008 National Geographic: Giant "Frog from Hell" fossil found in Madagascar.
2008 BBC News: 'Frog from hell' unearthed.
2008 Daily Telegraph: 'Frog from hell' that are baby dinosaurs.
2008 ScienceDaily: Giant frog jumps continents, may have eaten baby dinosaurs.
2008 MSN: Scientists find Devil Toad fossil.
2008 New Scientist: Sluggish reptile evolved at record speed.
2009 National Geographic: Tuatara ancestor adds to sunken New Zealand debate.
2009 New Scientist: Unusual fossil may rule out ancient flood.
2009 Nature research highlights: Biogeography: on jaws and geography.
2009 Science Daily: Reptile fossil reignites debate over New Zealand submergence.
2010 Laboratory News: Tuatara acts as model for false teeth damage.
2010 ScienceDaily: What can a New Zealand reptile tell us about false teeth?
2012 BBC News: Tuatara reptile slices food with 'steak-knife teeth'.
2012 New Scientist: Zoologger: strange reptiles saw heads off seabirds.
2012 ScienceDaily: Iconic New Zealand reptile shows chewing is not just for mammals.
2012 MSN: Strange reptile chews food with steak knife-teeth.
2012 Wired: New Zealand tuatara has a unique, bird-decapitating chew.
2012 the New York Times: A unique slice-and-dice strategy for chewing.
2012 Scope: New fossil find sheds light on present-day reptile.
Other academic activities:
London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) http://londonevolution.net/
In October 2002 Marc formed a committee of 8 students from 4 different universities and established the society LERN to facilitate greater interaction between students based in London who's research involved some aspect of evolution. During Marc's time as chairman he obtained funding from a variety of sources, built up a mailing list, contributed to the initial website, and helped organise over 20 talks from senior academics (e.g. Leslie Aiello, Andy Purvis, Janet Brown, Richard Nicholls, Adrian Lister, and Simon Conway Morris), 12 talks from PhD students, 2 student conferences and 2 fieldtrips. After several successful committee handovers the society remains active with a continually expanding membership, and growing international reputation. In 2012 Marc was an invited plenary speaker at LERN's 10th student conference.
Images and video links:
An interview with Marc by UCL about a publication in 'the Anatomical Record': "Shearing Mechanics and the Influence of a Flexible Symphysis During Oral Food Processing in Sphenodon (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia)"
An interview with Marc about a publication in 'Journal of Biomechanics': "Feedback control from the jaw joints during biting: An investigation of the reptile Sphenodon using multibody modelling"
|Marc giving a talk at Cumberland Lodge (August 2009).|
Marc holding a live tuatara at
Dallas Zoo (2007).
Photo taken by Bradley Lawrence.
An example of a line and
stipple illustration by Marc (2007).
Part of a prosauropod dinosaur skull. Photograph copyright of Paul M Barrett.
An example of a scientific illustration by Marc. 2002.
The skull of an anaconda (Eunectes murina), specimen LDUCZ x.456.
A wild Adder (Vipera
berus) spotted near the coast of west Wales (UK). 2008.
If you see an adder in the UK please contact: http://www.adder.org.uk/
The skeleton of
standing outside the of Field Museum, Chicago, USA. 2007.
Marc on a field trip to
Petrified Forest National Park, USA,
with host Bill Parker (Petrified Forest National Park). 2005.
Marc with Jason Hilton
(University of Birmingham)
carrying out fieldwork on Skye in Scotland, UK. 2004.