Alessandro Palci

Research Associate in Evolutionary Biology, Flinders University

I have a Ph.D. in Systematics and Evolution, and I am currently working as a Research Associate at Flinders University. My current research revolves around the evolution of squamate reptiles, which is a fantastic group of organisms inclusive of lizards, snakes, and amphisbaenians (worm lizards). My research interests also include ancient marine reptiles known as mosasaurs, giant lizards that lived at the time of the dinosaurs.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Research Associate, Flinders University
  • 2014–2015
    Research Associate, University of Adelaide

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Alberta, Ph.D. in Systematics and Evolution
  • 2007 
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Ph.D. in Palaeontology

Publications

  • 2016
    Diversification rates and phenotypic evolution in venomous snakes (Elapidae)., Royal Society Open Science
  • 2015
    Morphological phylogenetics in the genomics age., Current Biology
  • 2015
    The oldest known snakes from the Middle Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous provide insights on snake evolution., Nature Communications
  • 2014
    Mosasaurine mosasaurs (Squamata, Mosasauridae) from northern Italy. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2014
    The Upper Cretaceous snake Dinilysia patagonica Smith-Woodward, 1901, and the crista circumfenestralis of snakes, Journal of Morphology
  • 2014
    First report of a pelvic girdle in the fossil snake Wonambi naracoortensis Smith, 1976, and a revised diagnosis for the genus. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2013
    Emended diagnosis and phylogenetic relationships of the Upper Cretaceous fossil snake Najash rionegrina Apesteguía and Zaher, 2006. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2013
    Reevaluation of the anatomy of the Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) hind-limbed marine fossil snakes Pachyrhachis, Haasiophis and Eupodophis. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2013
    Primary homologies of the circumorbital bones of snakes. , Journal of Morphology
  • 2013
    A new genus and subfamily of mosasaurs from the Upper Cretaceous of northern Italy. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2010
    Redescription of Acteosaurus tommasinii von Meyer, 1860, and a discussion of evolutionary trends within the clade Ophidiomorpha. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2010
    A new species of marine ophidiomorph lizard, Adriosaurus skrbinensis, from the Upper Cretaceous of Slovenia. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2008
    New Palaeoecological Data for the Komen (Slovenia) Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) Fossil Lagerstätte., Cretaceous Research
  • 2007
    A new basal mosasauroid (Squamata: Pythonomorpha) from the Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Slovenia, and a discussion of mosasauroid pelvic evolution., Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 2007
    Vestigial forelimbs and axial elongation in a new species of 95 million year old non-snake squamate. , Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
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