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Research interests

Mass extinctions act as big reset buttons for ecosystems globally, and none was bigger than that across the Permian–Triassic boundary at 252 million years ago. Following this event many newly-evolved groups took advantage and diversified into new ecosystems: this is when some of the first marine reptiles evolved and quickly came to dominate the oceans. While the actors in the oceans were different, how did the building of marine ecosystems change across this mass extinction?

I'm interested in problems associated with major transitions, such as at mass extinctions or with the evolution of novel features and ecologies. The rapid evolution and diversification of marine reptiles from the beginning of the Triassic period is a key opportunity to study several different groups that evolved different traits as a solution to the problem of life in the water. I am researching how these new traits evolved, when and how quickly; how different groups diverged and modified to suit their particular ecology, and formed ancient ecosystems; and what groupd 'rediscovered' similar solutions to their aquatic niche through convergent evolution. Key groups that I study include ichthyosaurs, sauropterygians, and fishes, using observational palaeontology and comparative phylogenetic techniques.

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Research Output

  • 8 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Conference Abstract
  • 1 Article (Specialist Publication)

Early high rates and disparity in the evolution of ichthyosaurs

Moon, B. C. & Stubbs, T. L., 13 Feb 2020, In : Communications Biology. 3, 8 p., 68 (2020).

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    Convergence and functional evolution of longirostry in crocodylomorphs

    Ballell, A., Moon, B. C., Porro, L. B., Benton, M. J. & Rayfield, E. J., 1 Nov 2019, In : Palaeontology. 62, 6, p. 867-887 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    140 Downloads (Pure)

    Does exceptional preservation distort our view of disparity in the fossil record?

    Flannery Sutherland, J. T., Moon, B., Stubbs, T. & Benton, M., 27 Feb 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 286, 1897, 10 p., 20190091.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    183 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Edward Forbes Prize

    Moon, Benjamin C (Recipient), Apr 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 3 Participation in conference
    • 3 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Invited talk

    Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (Journal)

    Benjamin C Moon (Peer reviewer)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting 2017

    Benjamin C Moon (Participant)

    26 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (Journal)

    Benjamin C Moon (Peer reviewer)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review