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    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 this we integrate living and fossil organisms, knowledge of their evolutionary relationships and past diversity patterns, and developmental biology, to provide a holistic understanding of their evolutionary history. We have particular interests in, but not restricted to, the evolutionary origin, morphological rate changes, adaptive trait developments, and diversity and disparity patterns of modern sharks, skates, and rays and bony fishes at the broadest temporal and spatial scales. Central questions that we seek to answer are why fishes became successful (in temrs of taxonomic diversity or position within trophic food webs) or went extinct even when they were successful in deep time.
    Our group has facilities for rock digestion, high-end micro-computed tomography (Bruker Skyscan 1173 Desktop-Micro-Computertomograph; click here for more information), 3D digital microscopy (Keyence VHX-6000, 20-2000x magnification), scanning electron microscopy, high performance computing for image data processing, micro- and macro-anatomical labs, and an aquarium infrastructure.

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    Department of Paleontology
    University of Vienna, Geozentrum
    Althanstrasse 14
    1090 Vienna, Austria
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    Our research is/was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the CONICYT Chile, the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Union, the SENACYT Panama, Sharkproject Austria, Synthesys, the University of Vienna and the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution.



    Photo of the Month

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    Complete specimen of the extinct ctenacanthoid shark, Bandringa rayi Zangerl, 1969 from the Pennsylvanian Mazon Creek Lagerstätte in Illinois (USA). It represents a juvenile specimen preserved in an ironstone concretion. The function of the elongated rostrum still is ambiguous. Scale bar = 1.0 cm
    The figured specimen is housed in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago under number FMNH PF5686.
    [© J. Kriwet]