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Daniel Varajão de Latorre

Ph.D. Student in Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley

I am broadly interested in the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity through time and space. Currently, I am investigating the biotic mechanisms that drive variation in speciation rates across groups and its relationship with extinction rates. I am also interested in the morphological evolution of the baculum, a bone that displays tremendous morphological variation among mammals and is present in most mammalian species. Furthermore, this bone plays a crucial role in mammalian reproduction, providing a window to understanding the evolution of mammalian reproductive behavior in the fossil record.