Vertebrate and anthropology palaeobiology
We are investigating the role of vertebrate evolution in shaping the history of life on Earth, including the growth and development of early humans and modern people.
Our research ranges from the study and dating of early fossil humans such as the Neanderthals to the growth and development of modern people. We carry out fieldwork in the UK, Europe and in countries like Morocco, often in collaboration with archaeologists.
Quaternary mammals research
Why did the woolly mammoth go extinct? What environmental pressures caused dwarfing of elephants on Mediterranean islands in the past? What is the role of animal behaviour in the evolution of their anatomical adaptations? We are tackling these questions and more with a diverse range of research projects.
Fossil fish and turtle research
Current research projects cover the evolution and development of key vertebrate structure, the systematics, evolution, palaeobiology and palaeobiogeography of North African fishes, and the evolutionary relationships of sharks. We are also studying the chelonian fossil record to trace long-term environmental change.
Research at the Museum encompasses all major dinosaur groups with special emphasis on ornithischians and sauropodomorphs.