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Senior Research Associate in Palaeontology, University of Bristol

My research is focused on the earliest mammals from the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic; a time when critical changes were occurring to the jaw joint and dentition.

My main focus involves the basal mammals Kuehneotherium and Morganucodon from the fissure deposits of South Wales, and I am particularly interested in how the selective pressures of feeding influenced mandibular evolution in these mammals and what biomechanics can tell us about why the jaw may have evolved in a particular manner.

My other interest concerns the faunal diversity within the fissures and whether this is related to the palaeoecology or to taphonomic processes.