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December 2008
Paul Barrett provided comments for a BBC news article regarding an exciting dinosaur site in Shangdong Province, China.

December 2008
An article about Beelzebufo was declared to be the 2nd most read article about fossil finds covered by National Geographic News in 2008.

2008 Beelzebufo

December 2008
Ian Corfe vists the lab to look at fossil material in our collections.

2008 Ian Corfe
December 2008
A book chapter by Susan Evans about "The skull of lizards and tuatara" was published as part of the series Biology of the Reptilia.

November 2008
Ryoko Matsumoto visited collections at IVPP, Beijing, (China) hosted by Yuan Wang.

2008 IVPP Ryoko Matsumoto and Yuan Wang

November 2008
Ryoko Matsumoto, Susan Evans and colleagues based in Japan and Mogolia published a descriptuon of the enigmatic fossil reptile Khurendukhosaurus in the scientific journal Naturwissenschaften.

November 2008
Marc Jones presented a talk about his research to the Institute of Animal Technology.

November 2008
Jérémy Anquetin led a multiple author paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B along with Paul Barrett, Susan Evans and M Marc Jones that described a Middle Jurassic Turtle from Skye, Scotland (UK) found on a field trip led by Susan Evans and funded by National Geographic. The Skye field team comprised Paul M Barrett, Richard J Butler, Susan E Evans, Rob Felix, Dave Herd, Jason Hilton, Emrys Jones, Marc E H Jones and Jolyon C Parish. Further details are available in the UCL news article. This work attracted notable media coverage including a BBC Science/Nature feature.

2008 Skye fauna

October 2008
Marc Jones attended the 68th Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and presented five contributions including a first author platform presentation, a joint author poster with Dr Neil Curtis (University of Hull) and a poster by Susan E Evans and Ryoko Matsumoto.

2008 Cleveland SVP

October 2008
Susan Evans contrubuted to a paper in Journal of Anatomy led by Mehran Moazen (University of Hull) about a combined finite element analysis (FEA) and multibody dynamics analysis (MDA) of skull biomechanics during biting in a skull of Uromastyx hardwickii.

Journal of Anatomy cover

September 2008
We are very pleased to announce that Jérémy Anquetin obtained a job at the Université de Rouen in the Department of Géologie.

September 2008
Marc Jones took part in the Big Draw at UCL with Helen Chatterjee and specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL.

2008 Big Draw

September 2008
Ryoko Matsumoto visited collections at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller, Canada) (shown right) and Science Museum Minnesota (USA) supported by the University of London Central Research Fund. Her hosts were Don Henderson, Don Brinkman and Bruce Erickson.

2008 Royal Tyrrel Museum

September 2008
Susan Evans and Marc Jones contributed to a paper also authored by Mehran Moazen, Neil Curtis, Paul O'Higgins, and Mike Fagan published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This work examined the function of sutures in a computer model of Uromastyx analysed using Finite Element Analysis.

2008 Uromastyx
September 2008
Susan Evans attended the 56th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), in Dublin where she gave a talk on fossil lizard material from China.

August 2008
Marc Jones presented a talk and joint author poster at the 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Griefswald, Germany.

2008 ISDM Griefswald

August 2008
Yssy Dunstan, works on a summer project in the lab for two weeks.

2008 Yzzy Dunstan
August 2008
Jack Conrad from the American Museum of Natural History visits the lab to examine lepidosaur specimens.

August 2008
Four groups of students visit the lab from the London International Youth Science Forum.

2008 LIYF
August 2008
Susan Evans contributed to a multi-author paper in Cretaceous Research about the taphonomy and palaeoecology of the Las Hoyas vertebrate fauna (Cuenca, Spain).

August 2008
The Evans Lab and Yamamoto Lab held their first joint lab meeting. Robin Whatley was also visiting for the day.

2008 Lab meeting

July 2008
Sin-ichi Fujiwara spent time in the Evans lab.

2008 Sinichi Fujiwara
July 2008
Susan Evans attended a meeting in Cuenca, Spain, of participants involved with the Las Hoyas Project (Early Cretaceous vertebrate fauna of central Spain).

June 2008
The lab was visited by Jin You Mo (Natural History Museum of Guangxi). Photo taken by Przemek Mayewski.

2008 Jin You Mo

June 2008
In conjunction with Paul Upchurch (UCL) and Dr Yuan Wang (IVPP) several members of the lab presented a joint author poster about the Early Cretaceous of China (Jehol biota) at the UCL China conference.



2008 Marc Jones China conference poster

May 2008
Marc Jones published a paper on skull shape ontogeny in Sphenodon and the evolution of skull shape in Rhynchocephalia in the Journal of Morphology. This paper is based on some of Marc's PhD work and represents one of the first studies to use Geometric Morphometrics to analyse skull shape in reptiles.

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May 2008
Work on a herbivorous fossil lizard from Japan by Susan Evans, in collaboration with Makoto Manabe (National Science Museum, Tokyo), was published in Palaeontology.

May 2008
Whilst camping in west Wales (UK) Marc Jones spotted a wild male adder (Vipera berus). The information has be forwarded on to http://www.adder.org.uk/.


2008 Adder (Vipera berus) West Wales Marc Jones
May 2008
Paul Barrett provided comments for a BBC news article regarding newly discovered dinosaur footprints in Yemen.

May 2008
Paul Barrett presented a talk at Dinosaurs a historical perspective.

May 2008
Marc Jones presented a talk at the 12th Pal Herp meeting in Berlin about his PhD research whilst at the Berlin Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde) of the Humbold-University visiting collections on a Synthesys grant. He was hosted by Johannes Muller.

2008 Berlin Giraffatitan ('Brachiosaurus')

April-June 2008
Marc Jones, Ryoko Matsumoto and Jérémy Anquetin all visit collections at the Museum am Löwentor, Stuttgart hosted by Rainer Schoch.



2008 Stuttgart

April 2008
Marc Jones presented a talk at the Modern Approaches to Functional Morphology Workshop (run by the CEE) which took place at the Natural History Museum. Photo taken by Manabu Sakamoto.



2008 CEE Workshop

April 2008
Susan Evans and Paul Barrett attended a Jurassic workshop at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington.
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2008 Washington meeting Susan Evans
March 2008
Marc Jones is asked for a quote by New Scientist regarding exciting new work on the tuatara published by colleagues from New Zealand.
March 2008
Susan Evans presented a talk for UCL Lunch Hour Lectures about her work on the anatomy and evolution of frogs.

February 2008
In conjunction with David W. Krause (Stony Brook), Susan Evans and Marc Jones have published a paper in PNAS on a giant fossil ceratophryne frog from Madagascar. Such a find has interesting biogeographic implications as ceratophrynes are otherwise only known from South America. This work attracted substantial media coverage from all over the world. This included National Geographic and a BBC Science/Nature article that was the most viewed BBC news page globally for 6 hours. Restoration by Luci Betti-Nash (Stony Brook)


2008 Beelzebufo
February 2008
Paul Barret published a joint author in the Palaeontographical Society Monographs Eustreptospondylus oxoniensis, a theropod dinosaur from the Jurassic of England (UK).

February 2008
We are very pleased to announce that David I. Whiteside has become an honorary member of the Evans Lab. David completed his PhD at Bristol in 1983 and made significant contributions to the field around that time. He subsequently took a break from palaeontology to raise a family and pursue a successful career in education. However, David is now eager to continue where he left off and has already recently published a paper in Geol Mag based on work carried out in conjunction with John E. A. Marshal (University of Southampton).

February 2008
After a successful collaboration with Torsten M. Scheyer (University of Bonn), Jérémy Anquetin has had a paper published in Lethaia on the histology of fossil turtle bone from Kirtlington in Oxford, UK.

January 2008
Susan Evans attended the 50th Annual meeting of the Geological Studies Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, and presented a joint author paper (co-authored by Marc Jones) on lepidosaur evolution.
 
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