A 350-million-year-old marine
ecosystem in Scotland
Vertebrates before and after the end-Devonian extinction (from Sallan and Galimberti, Science, 2015) 348 million year old fish Aetheretmon, showing the ancestral double tail alongside a modern pufferfish with (lower) caudal fin alone.
|Lauren Sallan, PhD|
Earth and Environmental Science
2017 TED Fellow
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We use 'Big Data' approaches, evolutionary trees and detailed study of fossils to determine how global events, environmental change and ecological interactions shaped long-term change (macroevolution) and established modern biodiversity.
Deep-time databases for early vertebrates (half of vertebrate history), ray-finned fishes (half of vertebrate diversity), marine ecosystems and mass extinctions provide our test cases.
Early Vertebrates, Ichthyology
Mass Extinction, Phylogenetics
Listen to a Palaeocast interview about our research on early vertebrate macroevolution and paleobiology
September 28, 2016: Multiple lab members will be speaking at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Look out for their presentations!
October 17, 2015: Our paper on Bandringa has won the Taylor & Francis Award for Best Paper in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, second place.
August 28, 2015: Jack Stack has been named a Student Ambassador for the Paleontological Society. He will represent the Society at GSA in Baltimore and on social media. Congratulations, Jack!
August 7, 2015: Lauren received the Stensio Award for top early career researcher at the 13th International Symposium on Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates in Melbourne, Australia!
A phylogeny of living ray-finned fishes
A 310-million-year-old freshwater ecosystem in Illinois
(From Sallan, Biological Reviews, 2014)
A later shell-crushing ray-fin,
Styracopterus, 340 million years ago