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.
Vertebrate and anthropology palaeobiology news
Fossil hunter Mary Anning commemorated with new 50p coin collection
New 50p coin collection honours fossil hunter Mary Anning.25 February 2021
What is an ammonite?
The often tightly wound shells of ammonites may be a familiar sight, but how much do you know about the animals that once lived inside?
Dinosaur frills were likely the result of sexual selection
It is notoriously difficult to sex a dinosaur.3 February 2021
Human teeth found in Jersey hint at Neanderthal and Homo sapiens interbreeding
Ancient teeth could be evidence of a hybrid population of Neanderthals and modern humans.1 February 2021
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.
Focussing on three chronological periods of human presence in the British Isles, from the earliest occupation through to extinction of the Neanderthals and the emergence of modern humans.
Fossil fish research
Covering the evolution and development of key vertebrate structure, the systematics, evolution, palaeobiology and palaeobiogeography of North African fishes, and the evolutionary relationships of sharks.
Quaternary mammals research
Tackling questions about the past. 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?
Studying the effect of dramatic environmental changes over the last 800,000 years on the origin and diversification of dwarf elephants and dwarf deer.
Investigating the causes of variation in mammal body size during the Quaternary period by comparing ice-age mammal species from the past 750,000 years in Britain.