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December 2009
Susan Evans contributes towards five papers in a special publication of Palaeonotlogica Polonica that represents ten year's worth of research on the globally important Early Triassic vertebrate assemblage from Czatkowice, Poland.

December 2009
Ryoko Matsumoto attends the 11th Young Systematics Forum at the Natural History Museum where she was awarded the first place poster prize.

2009 Dec Ingmar Werneburg Evans Lab 2009

December 2009
The lab is visited by Ingmar Werneburg (Paläontologisches Institut und Museum).




November 2009
The lab is visited by Christy Anna Hipsley (Museum fuer Naturkunde der Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin) who was examining lacertid lizard material.

2009 Nov Christy Anna Hipsley


November 2009
Paul Barrett provided a quote for BBC news website regarding a new dinosaur from South Africa.

November 2009
Jérémy Anquetin successfully defended his PhD thesis on a Middle Jurassic turtle from Scotland the systematics of early turtles.

October 2009
Marc Jones visited California to work with Kris Lappin (Caltech Poly Pomona) on lizard bite force funded by a UCL Bogue Scholarship. He also visited collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County hosted by Luis Chiappe. A photo taken near Pomona:

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September 2009
The lab is visited by Pavel Skutchas (St Petersburg University) visited the lab.

2009 Sept Pavel Skutchas



September 2009
Susan Evans, Paul Barrett, Marc Jones, David Whiteside and Ryoko Matsumoto all attended the 69th Symposium of Vertebrate Paleontology held in Bristol.

September 2009
Susan Evans, Marc Jones and Ryoko Matsumoto all presented talks at the 10th meeting on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota in Teruel Spain.  Ryoko won the talk prize for her research presentation on choristoderes and freshwater assemblages.

2009 Sept MTE Teruel


September 2009
Following on from his involvement with Darwin Now, Marc Jones provided answers to questions relating to natural selection for Discover news 163.com.

September 2009
Susan Evans provides an interview for Korean television in the Grant Museum of Zoology about Darwin and Natural Selection.

2009 Sept Susan Evans Grant Museum



September 2009
The first ever bite force measurements obtained from adult tuatara (Sphenodon) were published in Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand in a paper authored by Marc Jones and Kris Lappin of California State Polytechnic University. This work was identified as a "research highlight" by the Royal Society of New Zealand Journal Watch webpage and was featured in Sciblogs.

September 2009
In conjuction with colleagues at University of Hull and Hull-York Medical School Marc Jones and Susan Evans published a paper in the journal Palaeontologia Electonica about the head and neck anatomy in Sphenodon (the New Zealand tuatara) associated with feeding.

September 2009
Paul Barrett contributed to a paper about the functional anatomy of dromaeosaurid theropod claws was published in a special edition of the Anatomical Record on the palaeobiology of dinosaurs.

August 2009
Following invitation, Marc Jones presented a talk at the conference "Is there life after a PhD" held at Cumberland Lodge. Photo taken by Lauren Arrington.

2009 August Cumberland Lodge


July 2009
Marc Jones visits Yuan Wang at IVVP in Beijing.

2009 July Marc Jones


July 2009
After invitation, Marc Jones participated in the Darwin Now events held at the Science and Technology Museum in Xi’an, China. This was part of a global initiative, funded by the British Council, to explore the impact of Charles Darwin's legacy 200 years after his birth.It involved providing two lectures about his research and running three workshops for school children about natural selection.

July 2009
An article about Beelzebufo appears in regional issues of National Geographic.

2009 July Beelzebufo Evans et al.



July 2009
Emma Humphries and Neil Brocklehurst join the lab for the summer.

June 2009
Paul Barrett contributed to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about jaw mechanics and feeding in dinosaurs.

June 2009
Susan Evans, Marc Jones, and Ryoko Matsumoto attend the first ever meeting of the London Area Development and Evolution Network (LADEN) at the Gordon Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy (Kings College, University of London).



May 2009
Work by Paul Barrett was featured in New Scientist in an article about CT scanning fossil animals.

May 2009
Paul Barrett provided a quote for BBC News Website regarding long-neck dinosaurs.

May 2009
Work by Marc Jones, Susan Evans and colleagues at University of Hull and Hull-York Medical School on a state-of-the-art computer model of a Sphenodon skull was published in Interface.

The model was based on data from high resolution computer tomography scans of skeletal elements and anatomical dissections of museum specimens.

When the computer model is directed to “bite” the activity of various muscle groups is determined by the spatial orientation of the muscles. Comparisons between the computer generated muscle activity and electromyographic data by Gorniak and co-workers from live tuatara in the early 1980s demonstrate tThis work was funded by the BBSRC and is part of a larger project investigating reptile skull mechanics.hat the computer based method of representing muscle activity is valid.

2009 Sphenodon tuatara rigid body model


May 2009
Susan Evans contributed to a paper contrubuted to a paper in PNAS led by Mehran Moazen (University of Hull) about a Finite Element computer model of the skull of Uromastyx hardwickii modified to possess a complete lower temporal bar.

April 2009
Paul Barrett published a first author paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B with Alistair McGowan and Victoria Page about dinosaur diversity and the rock record.

April 2009
Marc Jones takes part in NESTA Fame Lab with a talk about the science of sleep.

March 2009
Marc Jones was selected to participate in 'Evolutionary Biology: Evolution 150', a workshop covering evolutionary biology to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the origin of species”. It was held in the ancient city of Cuenca (Spain) and co-funded by the British Council and Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

2009 Mar Evo150 group photo


March 2009
Talitha Pires joins the lab for a few months.

March 2009
Susan Evans published a paper with Jin-You Mo (Natural History Museum of Guangxi) and Xing Xu (IVPP) about a fossil lizard with a lower temporal bar in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

February 2009
Paul Barrett published a paper about the iguanodontoid ornithopod with colleagues from the Natural History Museum and IVPP in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

February 2009
Susan Evans published a paper with Yuan Wang of IVPP about a long-limbed lizard from Daohugou, China in the journal Vertebrata PalAsiatica.

February 2009
Susan Evans provided talks for the Natural Sciences dining club and Craniofacial research group at King's College London.

January 2009
Marc Jones and Susan Evans published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B with other authors including Alan Tennyson (Te Papa), Jennifer Worthy (University of Adelaide), and Trevor Worthy (UNSW). This study described the first pre-Pleistocene fossil material of a tuatara-like animal from New Zealand. This helps to bridge a gap in the global fossil record of Rhynchocephalia that previously spanned 70 million years. Dated to 18 million years ago the fossil material is only slightly more recent than the Oligo-Miocene drowning event (25-22 Mya) which some have argued completely submerged New Zealand. The image is a humorous depiction of an ancestral tuatara (Sphenodon) sitting on an exaggeratedly small piece of land during the height of the drowning.  Further details are available in the UCL news article. This work featured on the New Scientist, National Geographic, The Dragon's Tale, Scientific Blogging, the Observer Magazine as well as in the research highlights section of Nature.

2009 Jan tuatara refuge



January 2009
Paul Barrett published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B in conjunction with Stig Walsh, Angela Milner (both Natural History Museum), Geoffrey Manley (Technische Universität München), and Larry Witmer (Ohio University).

This research found a method for assessing hearing in extinct reptiles and birds. For example, it shows that Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird, had similar hearing capabilities to the modern emu.

The method involves measuring specific dimensions of the inner ear from CT data sets (such as that of the barn owl, Tyto alba, shown on the right).

2009 Jan Owl Braincase

Aspects of this work are featured in a BBC news article.