Research in the Evolutionary Morphology Research Group (EvoMoRG) at the Department of Palaeontology of the University of Vienna is at the interface between palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates for better understanding their evolutionary history.
The overarching topic of our research concerns the development and evolution of characters and biodiversity patterns of vertebrates through time.
For this, we employ multidisciplinary approaches to understand evolutionary processes, morphological rate changes, adaptive trait developments, and diversity patterns at the broadest temporal and spatial scales.
Chondrichthyan fishes are used as model organisms because they display conserved but also highly derived traits (e.g., reduction of a bony dermal and endoskeleton) within gnathostomes.
Major topics are Evolution of Diversity and Disparity of Fishes, Evolutionary Developmental Morphology of Cartilaginous Fishes, and Evolutionary Functional Morphology.
Department of Paleontology
University of Vienna, Geozentrum
1090 Vienna, Austria