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Dr Joseph Keating

Dr Joseph Keating

Dr Joseph Keating

Research Associate

Area of research

The origin and early evolution of the vertebrate skeleton

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Research summary

A mineralised skeleton is one of the most important and familiar vertebrate characteristics. Despite this, however, surprisingly little is known about the origin and early evolution of the vertebrate skeleton.  This is largely because the mineralised skeleton arose in lineages which are now completely extinct; thus in order to understand the developmental and evolutionary origins of the skeleton our only recourse is to study fossils. Fortunately there exists an extensive record of Palaeozoic jawless and jawed vertebrates with skeletons; owing to the high preservation potential of mineralised tissues.  Furthermore, because new mineralised tissue is added to the skeleton ...

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