Marc Jones publishes a paper with Alison Cree (University of Otago) on the New Zealand tuatara in Current Biology. Image created by Marc Jones:
Susan Evans, Marc Jones, and Ryoko Matsumoto publish a paper on a new fossil lizard from the Cretaceous of England, UK in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France. This paper forms part of a special volume dedicated to Jean-Claude Rage Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle.
Paul Barrett hosts the Dutchess of Cambridge at the Natural History Museum's Treasure exhibition.
Susan Evans publishes a paper in
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology on the Cretaceous tetrapod fossil record in conjunction
with colleagues from the University of Oxford, Imperial College London,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and UCL.
Marianne Pearson publishes a first author paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology on early terrestrial herbivore diversity in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Cambridge and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin.
Marc Jones is awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Marianne Pearson was awarded
third place in the Geologists' Association's
amateur photography competition at the Festival of Geology held at UCL. Her photo,
entitled "Hoodoos", was taken on her day off while on a recent
collections visit to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta, Canada. The
Hoodoos are a popular tourist attraction located just outside
the town of Drumheller, and are made by natural weathering of the rock.
The ironstone 'cap' weathers at a slower rate than the softer sandstone
underneath, creating these amazing structures.
Marc Jones and Susan Evans publish a paper in
PLoS ONE on the head and neck anatomy of sea turtles and skull shape
in Testudines. This work was carried out in collaboration with Ingmar Werneburg (Geowissenschaften Universität
Fagan (both University
of Hull), Paul
York Medical School), and Rod Penrose
(Zoological Society of London). Specimens were provided by the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme which
is funded by the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The head of a young
Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii). Scale bar
represents 10 mm:
Marc Jones provided the opening talk and a key note lecture for the 10th Annual LERN Conference held in the Department of Anthropology at UCL.
Marc Jones visits collections at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History hosted by Mathew Carrano.
Marc Jones presents a poster on the cranial joint in Captorhinus, an early amniote from the Permian of USA, at the 72nd annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Raleigh, North Carolina. Marc also led the judging committee for the Edwin H. and Margaret M. Colbert Student Poster Prize.
The lab is visited by Derek
Susan Evans attends at 60th meeting
of the Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) hosted by the University of Oxford, UK.
The lab is visited by Ivan Nunes (Museu Nacional-Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) who examines frog types species held in the UK.
The lab is visited by Stephen Wroe
(The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).
The lab is visited by Fabiana Rodrigues Costa (Museu Nacional-Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) who is examining reptile fossils as part of her doctoral sandwich year.
Marc Jones assisted with a ThinkWrite training course at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU (University of Munich) as part of the Amgen Scholars Program.
Marc Jones publishes a paper
with Carlo Meloro (University of Hull) in Journal of Evolutionary
Biology on tooth and cranial disparity in Sphenodon and its
fossil relatives (Rhynchocephalia). Results show that tooth number
is a better predictor of skull shape than skull length even after
phylogeny is taken into account. This support previous studies by showing that the lineage to
which Sphenodon belongs was once much more diverse and that Sphenodon
is not simply a product of evolutionary stasis.
article: "Unless They’re Zombies, Fossils Don’t Live"
Susan Evans, Marc Jones, and Marianne Person attend the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver Canada hosted by the University of British Columbia. Susan Evans was an invited plenary speaker presenting a lecture on the fossil record and early evolution of lepidosaurs (lizards, snakes, and tuatara). Marianne Pearson presents a poster on salamander biogeography. Susan Evans and Marc Jones both provide invited talks for the symposium on 'Insights from the fossil record' organised by Jim Gardner (Royal Tyrrel Museum). Photo taken by Liping Dong of the symposium participants:
The lab is visited by Alan Tennyson (Museum Te Papa Tongawera, Wellington, New Zealand) who also provides a talk for ADaPTiVE.
Marc Jones assisted with a ThinkWrite training course in Aschau (Germany) as part of the Amgen Scholars Program hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU (University of Munich) in partnership with the University of Cambridge and the Karolinska Institut (Stockholm).
The paper on chewing in the New Zealand tuatara by Marc Jones and Susan Evans and colleagues in University of Hull and Hull York Medical School is chosen to feature on the cover of the July issue of The Anatomical Record.
Marc Jones and Susan Evans publish a
paper with Neil Curtis, Michael Fagan (both University
of Hull) and Paul O'Higgins (Hull
York Medical School) in The Anatomical Record on chewing in the New Zealand tuatara. In this reptile,
after the jaws close the lower jaw slides forwards a few millimeters to
cut food trapped between the teeth. In this paper we use three
dimensional computer modeling to show that a flexible connection between
the lower jaws is necessary for this forwards movement and also that it
includes a subtle inwards twisting motion. The latter promotes a more
intimate contact between the teeth of the lower and upper jaws and
overall a more effective cutting action. This specialised feeding
mechanism appear to permit a broader diet including vertebrate animals
such as seabirds. Although this system is rare today, examination of
fossils from the UK and Morocco suggest it was more widespread 190
million years ago. The tuatara also reminds us that chewing is not
limited to animals with a high metabolism such as mammals.
The BBC News web article: "Tuatara
reptile slices food with 'steak-knife teeth"
An interview with
the UCL Media team: "chewing
- its not just for mammals"
New Scientist article: "Zoologger: Strange reptiles saw heads off seabirds"
Zealand 3 news TV coverage: "The
tuatara's unique chomp"
news webpage: "Iconic New Zealand reptile shows chewing is not just for
University of Hull webpage: "Iconic New Zealand reptile shows chewing is not just for
On Earth, Species Watch: "My, what strange teeth you have"
NewsTrack India: "Iconic NZ reptile spits on mammal chewing theory"
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This work is part
of a multi-disciplinary collaboration funded by the BBSRC
investigating skull mechanics in reptiles. Anatomical material was used
courtesy of the
Grant Museum of Zoology UCL and the work benefited from observations
and filming carried out at Chester Zoo:
Paul Barrett is promoted to Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum, London.
Susan Evans publish a paper with Jin-you
Mo (China University of Geosciences) and Xing Xu (IVPP, Beijing,
China) in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology that describes,
interprets, and names a new large predatory lizard from the Late Cretaceous of China.
The research was supported by funding from the Guangxi Natural History
Museum, Natural Science Foundation of China and the Palaeontological
Association. A front view of the partly crushed skull:
Arnau Bolet and Susan Evans publish a paper in Palaeontology describing and analysing the morphology of a tiny lizard from the Early Cretaceous lagerstätten of Las Hoyas Spain. This work was funded by an FPI grant. A life restoration and image of the fossil material:
Paul Barrett provides a quote for New Scientist regarding the possible affect of sauropod dinosaurs on climate.
Paul Barrett provides a quote for the Guardian BBC
website regarding Yutyrannus huali: a large feathered dinosaur
from the Early Cretaceous of China.
Tania Condado joins the lab as a skilled volunteer.
Susan Evans presents a talk for the British Herpetological Society at the Natural History Museum in London.
Marc Jones presents a talk for the London Oral Biology club on tooth implantation in tetrapods at the Old London Hospital Medical College Building.
Paul Barrett contributes to a paper about the locomotor ability of the bipedal dinosaur Lesothosaurus published in Journal of Anatomy. The research was led by Karl Bates (University of Liverpool) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. A side view of the computer model showing the upper limb and hip girdle with red lines to indicate muscle paths as inferred using data from modern birds and crocodiles:
Marc Jones attends the 3rd UK One-Day Meeting on Morphometrics and Statistical Shape Analysis in York.