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Parareptiles are a diverse group of basal reptiles which appeared in the Early Permian and died out before the end of the Triassic. They were mostly terrestrial, but one clade, mesosaurs, were aquatic. 

My research will mostly be focused on two largest groups, pareiasaurs and procolophonids, of which latter were the only group of parareptiles to survive the Perm-Triassic extinction event. Pareiasaurs were medium- to large-sized and heavy built, whereas procolophonids were much smaller and somewhat lizard-like. Both groups were major components of their ecosystems at different points, but different dietary preferences have been suggested for these animals, including herbivory, omnivory and insectivory.

In my research, I will be using digital modelling and engineering approaches (finite-element analysis) to explore a full range of cranial morphology in these animals to determine the most probable ecomorphological functional dietary categories of various pareiasaurs and procolophonids, which will shed light on their role in the respective past ecosystems. This will help us make a better understanding of Permian and Triassic tetrapod communities, which are important examples of a pre- and post-extinction event faunas.

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Research Output

  • 2 Article (Academic Journal)

Characterization of melanosomes involved in the production of non-iridescent structural feather colours and their detection in the fossil record

Babarović, F., Puttick, M. N., Zaher, M., Learmonth, E., Gallimore, E-J., Smithwick, F. M., Mayr, G. & Vinther, J., 26 Jun 2019, In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 16, 155, 18 p., 20180921.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    139 Downloads (Pure)

    The Middle Triassic procolophonid Kapes bentoni: computed tomography of the skull and skeleton

    Zaher, M., Coram, R. A. & Benton, M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Papers in Palaeontology. 5, 1, p. 111-138 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    194 Downloads (Pure)