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PhD: Evolution and palaeobiology of the armoured dinosaurs

Project Title

Evolution and palaeobiology of the armoured dinosaurs


University of Brighton

Supervisors and Institutions

Dr Susannah Maidment (University of Brighton), Prof Paul Barrett (Natural History Museum), Prof Chris Joyce (University of Brighton)

Funding Status

Funding is in place for this project

Project Description

Fossils of the armoured dinosaurs (Thyreophora) are found worldwide during the Mesozoic, but much remains unknown about their evolution. The aim of this project is to use observations of fossil material and state-of-the-art computational techniques to produce the first phylogeny of Thyreophora. This will be used to examine the tempo and mode of evolution, when and how key innovations evolved, and to interrogate existing palaeogeographic scenarios based on geological data alone. Examining these processes in deep time informs our understanding of how modern ecosystems develop, how new species evolve, and, crucially for ecologists and conservationists, how they go extinct.

Contact Name

Susannah Maidment

Contact Email

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Closing Date

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Expiry Date

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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