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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 terms of taxonomic diversity or position within trophic food webs) or went extinct even when they were successful in deep time.
    We are member of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution and the research network Human Evolution and Archaeological Sciences (HEAS) at the Unievrsity of Vienna.
    Our lab 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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    New Publications

    Fossil evidence for earlier radiation in istiophorid billfishes (Teleostei, Istiophoriformes) uncovered by comparative morphology of the caudal vertebrae

    Hybodontiform shark remains (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from the Lower Triassic of Yunnan Province, China, with comments on hybodontiform diversity across the PTB

    Towards a unifying systematic scheme of fossil and living billfishes (Teleostei, Istiophoridae)

    Heterodonty and ontogenetic shift dynamics in the dentition of the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier (Chondrichthyes, Galeocerdidae)

    Decoding the dynamics of dental distributions: insights from shark demography and dispersal

    The Phylogeny of rays and skates (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii) based on morphological characters revisited.

    Cranial morphology of the orectolobiform shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum Müller & Henle, 1838

    The musculotendinous system of mesopelagic fishes, part I: Stomiiformes (Teleostei).


    Department of Paleontology
    University of Vienna, Geozentrum
    Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2
    1090 Vienna, Austria

    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 (VDSEE).