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Research topics

Evolution and functional biology of reptiles, evolution and functional morphology of mammals, evolution and development of conodonts, Triassic ecosystems, origins of animals in the fossil record, origin of molluscs, biogeography, evolution and embryogenesis of water fleas

Specialised equipment

  • Critical Point Dryer
  • Electromagnetic separator
  • Pneumatic needle
  • Vacuum evaporator


Chemical techniques of extracting fossils from various types of sedimentary rocks, electron microscopy, electromagnetic or heavy liquid separation, computed tomography, phylogenetic analyses, dietary reconstructions.

Publications review

Žliobaitė, Indrė; Fortelius, Mikael; Bernor, Raymond L.; Ostende, Lars W. Hoek; Janis, Christine M.; Lintulaakso, Kari; Säilä, Laura K.; Werdelin, Lars; Casanovas-Vilar, Isaac; Croft, Darin A.; Flynn, Lawrence J.; Hopkins, Samantha S. B.; Kaakinen, Anu; Kordos, László; Kostopoulos, Dimitris S.; Pandolfi, Luca; Rowan, John; Tesakov, Alexey; Vislobokova, Innessa; Zhang, Zhaoqun; Aiglstorfer, Manuela; Alba, David M.; Arnal, Michelle; Antoine, Pierre-Olivier; Belmaker, Miriam; Bilgin, Melike; Boisserie, Jean-Renaud; Borths, Matthew R.; Cooke, Siobhán B.; Dam, Jan A.; Delson, Eric; Eronen, Jussi T.; Fox, David; Friscia, Anthony R.; Furió, Marc; Giaourtsakis, Ioannis X.; Holbrook, Luke; Hunter, John; López-Torres, Sergi; Ludtke, Joshua; Minwer-Barakat, Raef; Made, Jan; Mennecart, Bastien; Pushkina, Diana; Rook, Lorenzo; Saarinen, Juha; Samuels, Joshua X.; Sanders, William; Silcox, Mary T.; Vepsäläinen, Jouni

The NOW Database of Fossil Mammals Book Chapter

In: Casanovas-Vilar, Isaac; Ostende, Lars W. Hoek; Janis, Christine M.; Saarinen, Juha (Ed.): Evolution of Cenozoic Land Mammal Faunas and Ecosystems: 25 Years of the NOW Database of Fossil Mammals, pp. 33–42, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2023, ISBN: 978-3-031-17491-9.

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Szczygielski, Tomasz; Piechowski, Rafał

Limb anatomy of the Triassic turtles: appendicular osteology of Proterochersis (Testudinata, Proterochersidae) Journal Article

In: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, pp. zlad057, 2023, ISSN: 0024-4082.

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Czepiński, Łukasz

Skull of a dromaeosaurid Shri devi from the Upper Cretaceous of the Gobi Desert suggests convergence to the North American forms Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 68, 2023.

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López-Torres, Sergi; Bertrand, Ornella C.; Lang, Madlen M.; Fostowicz-Frelik, Łucja; Silcox, Mary T.; Meng, Jin

Cranial endocast of Anagale gobiensis (Anagalidae) and its implications for early brain evolution in Euarchontoglires Journal Article

In: Palaeontology, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. e12650, 2023.

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López-Torres, Sergi; Bhagat, Raj; Bertrand, Ornella C.; Silcox, Mary T.; Fostowicz-Frelik, Łucja

Locomotor behavior and hearing sensitivity in an early lagomorph reconstructed from the bony labyrinth Journal Article

In: Ecology and Evolution, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. e9890, 2023.

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Silcox, Mary T.; López-Torres, Sergi

Primate Origins: The Earliest Primates and Euprimates and Their Role in the Evolution of the Order Book Chapter

In: Chapter 22, pp. 365-380, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2023, ISBN: 9781119828075.

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Silcox, Mary T; Bertrand, Ornella C; Harrington, Arianna R; Lang, Madlen M; Martin-Flores, Gabriela A San; López-Torres, Sergi

Early Evolution of the Brain in Primates and Their Close Kin Book Chapter

In: Dozo, María Teresa; Paulina-Carabajal, Ariana; Macrini, Thomas E; Walsh, Stig (Ed.): Chapter 12, pp. 457–506, Springer Cham, Switzerland, 2023, ISBN: 978-3-031-13983-3.

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Scott, Craig S; López-Torres, Sergi; Silcox, Mary T; Fox, Richard C

New paromomyids (Mammalia, Primates) from the Paleocene of southwestern Alberta, Canada, and an analysis of paromomyid interrelationships Journal Article

In: Journal of Paleontology, pp. 1–22, 2023.

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Uhlik, Marcin; Brzeziński, Tomasz

Embryogeny of Bosmina longirostris (O. F. Müller, 1785) (Bosminidae) confirms a close relationship to the superfamily Eurycercoidea (Branchiopoda, Cladocera, Anomopoda) Journal Article

In: Crustaceana, vol. 95, iss. 8-9, pp. 907-923, 2022.

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Tałanda, Mateusz; Fernandez, Vincent; Panciroli, Elsa; Evans, Susan E; Benson, Roger J

Synchrotron tomography of a stem lizard elucidates early squamate anatomy Journal Article

In: Nature, vol. 611, no. 7934, pp. 99-104, 2022.

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López-Torres, Sergi

Primate Evolution and the Emergence of Humans (Vertebrate Life 11th ed.) Book Chapter

In: Pough, Harvey; Bemis, William E.; McGuire, Betty Anne; Janis, Christine M. (Ed.): Chapter 24, pp. 557-585, Oxford University Press, New York, 11, 2022, ISBN: 978-0197564882.

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Grau-Camats, Montserrat; Bertrand, Ornella C; Prieto, Jérome; López-Torres, Sergi; Silcox, Mary T; Casanovas-Vilar, Isaac

A Miopetaurista (Rodentia, Sciuridae) cranium from the Middle Miocene of Bavaria (Germany) and brain evolution in flying squirrels Journal Article

In: Papers in Palaeontology, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. e1454, 2022.

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Dzik, Jerzy; Phong, Nguyen Duc; Thuy, Nguyen Thi; Swiś, Przemyslaw

Evolution and migration of conodonts and ammonoids near the end of Devonian recorded in distant localities Journal Article

In: Stratigraphy, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 27-50, 2022.

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Pawlak, Wojciech; Rozwalak, Piotr; Sulej, Tomasz

Triassic fish faunas from Miedary (Upper Silesia, Poland) and their implications for understanding paleosalinity Journal Article

In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 590, pp. 110860, 2022, ISSN: 0031-0182.

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Leonhard, Isabella; Shirley, Bryan; Murdock, Duncan J E; Repetski, John; Jarochowska, Emilia

Growth and feeding ecology of coniform conodonts Journal Article

In: PeerJ, vol. 9, pp. e12505, 2021, ISSN: 2167-8359.

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Czepiński, Łukasz; Dróżdż, Dawid; Szczygielski, Tomasz; Tałanda, Mateusz; Pawlak, Wojciech; Lewczuk, Antoni; Rytel, Adam; Sulej, Tomasz

An Upper Triassic Terrestrial Vertebrate Assemblage from the Forgotten Kocury Locality (Poland) with a New Aetosaur Taxon Journal Article

In: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, pp. e1898977, 2021.

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Świś, Przemysław

A new Devonian species of the enigmatic Carboniferous conodont Dollymae Journal Article

In: Palaeoworld, 2021, ISSN: 1871-174X.

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Dzik, Jerzy

Protaspis larva of an aglaspidid-like arthropod from the Ordovician of Siberia and its habitat Journal Article

In: Arthropod Structure & Development, vol. 61, pp. 101026, 2021, ISSN: 1467-8039.

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Sulej, Tomasz; Krzesiński, Grzegorz; Tałanda, Mateusz; Wolniewicz, Andrzej S.; Błażejowski, Błażej; Bonde, Niels; Gutowski, Piotr; Sienkiewicz, Maksymilian; Niedźwiedzki, Grzegorz

The earliest-known mammaliaform fossil from Greenland sheds light on origin of mammals Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 117, no. 43, pp. 26861-26867, 2020.

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Sulej, Tomasz; Niedźwiedzki, Grzegorz; Tałanda, Mateusz; Dróżdż, Dawid; Hara, Ewa

A new early Late Triassic non-mammaliaform eucynodont from Poland Journal Article

In: Historical Biology, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 80-92, 2020.

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Pawlak, Wojciech; Tałanda, Mateusz; Sulej, Tomasz; Niedźwiedzki, Grzegorz

Dipnoan from the Upper Triassic of East Greenland and remarks about palaeobiogeography of Ptychoceratodus Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 65, pp. 561-574, 2020.


Pindakiewicz, Maciej; Tałanda, Mateusz; Sulej, Tomasz; Niedźwiedzki, Grzegorz; Sennikov, A G; Bakayev, A; Bulanov, V V; Golubev, V; Minikh, A V

Feeding convergence among ray-finned fishes: teeth of the herbivorous actinopterygians from the latest Permian of East European Platform, Russia Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 71–79, 2020.


Piechowski, Rafał; Tałanda, Mateusz

The locomotor musculature and posture of the early dinosauriform Silesaurus opolensis provides a new look into the evolution of Dinosauromorpha Journal Article

In: Journal of Anatomy, vol. 236, no. 6, pp. 1044-1100, 2020.

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Świś, Przemysław; Broda, Krzysztof; Duda, Piotr; Dróżdż, Dawid; Łazuka, Anna

The early Famennian (Late Devonian) conodonts natural assemblages from Holy Cross Mountains (Poland) Journal Article

In: Historical Biology, vol. 0, no. 0, pp. 1-8, 2020.

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Świś, Przemysław; Dzik, Jerzy

The oral apparatus composition of the Early Carboniferous elictognathid conodont 'Siphonodella' Journal Article

In: Lethaia, 2020, (Publisher: Wiley).

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Czepiński, Łukasz

New protoceratopsid specimens improve the age correlation of the Upper Cretaceous Gobi Desert strata Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 65, 2020.


Czepiński, Łukasz

Ontogeny and variation of a protoceratopsid dinosaur Bagaceratops rozhdestvenskyi from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi Desert Journal Article

In: Historical Biology, vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 1394–1421, 2020.

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Dzik, Jerzy

Decline in diversity of early Palaeozoic loosely coiled gastropod protoconchs Journal Article

In: Lethaia, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 32–46, 2020.


Dzik, Jerzy

Ordovician conodonts and the Tornquist Lineament Journal Article

In: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 549, 2020.


Dzik, Jerzy

Variability of conch morphology in a cephalopod species from the Cambrian to Ordovician transition strata of Siberia Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 65, pp. 149–165, 2020, (Publisher: Polska Akademia Nauk Instytut Paleobiologii (Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences)).

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