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Research in the Evolutionary Morphology Research Group (EvoMoRG) focuses on evolutionary developmental morphology for understanding evolutionary processes underlying the morphological and taxonomic diversity of vertebrates. Our research also focuses strongly on functional morphology for inferring adaptive processes. For this, we integrate studies of morphology, trait evolution, biomechanics, taxonomy, systematics and diversity analyses to better understand the evolution of vertebrates. A major topic is to distinguish characters bearing a phylogenetic signal from those having specific functions for recognizing traits underlying adaptive patterns and the success of selected vertebrate groups (e.g., chondrichthyans, archosaurs, mammals). Other major topics focus on the early (embryological) development of fishes with special reference to skeletal structures in an evolutionary context and the evolution of ear structures in vertebrates with special focus on mammals. Emerging research fields in co-operation with Sharkproject Austria are related to diversity patterns and conservation measures of chondrichthyans in the Mediterranean Sea.You will find more information on research and related topics in the links to the left. Find a list of available research projects here.
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Department of Paleontology
University of Vienna, Geozentrum
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna, Austria



Our research is/was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Marie-Curie Actions of the European Union, Sharkproject Austria, Synthesys and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).