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Research topics

Our main research focuses on macroevolution particularly on the relative contributions of biotic interactions (e.g., parasitism) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) in driving large-scale patterns in the evolution of life. Other interests are quantitative methods in paleontology and paleobiology in general. Our main tools for these purposes range from body fossils of marine invertebrates including mollusks and helminths to trace fossils and paleopathologies. Our current project focuses on the impact of climate warming and extinction on parasite-host interactions and disease.



Klug, Christian; Schweigert, Günter; Hoffmann, René; Fuchs, Dirk; Pohle, Alexander; Weis, Robert; De Baets, Kenneth

Anatomy and size of Megateuthis, the largest belemnite Journal Article

In: Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, vol. 143, no. 1, pp. 1-19, 2024, ISSN: 1664-2384.

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Łaska, Weronika; Rodríguez-Tovar, Francisco J; Uchman, Alfred

New insights into endolithic palaeocommunity development in mobile hard substrate using CT imaging of bioeroded clasts from the Pliocene (Almería, SE Spain) Journal Article

In: The Science of Nature, vol. 111, no. 1, pp. 1–25, 2024.


Skawina, Aleksandra; Dąbrowska, Agnieszka; Bonk, Agata; Paterczyk, Bohdan; Nowakowska, Julita

Tracking the micro-and nanoplastics in the terrestrial-freshwater food webs. Bivalves as sentinel species Journal Article

In: Science of The Total Environment, vol. 917, pp. 170468, 2024.

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Klug, Christian; Stevens, Kevin; Hoffmann, René; Zatoń, Michał; Clements, Thomas; Košťák, Martin; Weis, Robert; De Baets, Kenneth; Lehmann, Jens; Vinther, Jakob; Fuchs, Dirk

Revisiting the identification of Syllipsimopodi bideni and timing of the decabrachian-octobrachian divergence Journal Article

In: Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 8094, 2023, ISSN: 2041-1723.

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Barido-Sottani, Joëlle; Pohle, Alexander; De Baets, Kenneth; Murdock, Duncan; Warnock, Rachel C. M.

Putting the F into FBD analysis: tree constraints or morphological data? Journal Article

In: Palaeontology, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. e12679, 2023.

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Skawina, Aleksandra

X-rays and invisible sand: two new methods for designing burrowing behavioral experiments with juvenile unionoids Journal Article

In: Hydrobiologia, 2023.

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Nätscher, Paulina S.; Gliwa, Jana; De Baets, Kenneth; Ghaderi, Abbas; Korn, Dieter

Exceptions to the temperature–size rule: no Lilliput Effect in end-Permian ostracods (Crustacea) from Aras Valley (northwest Iran) Journal Article

In: Palaeontology, vol. 66, no. 4, pp. e12667, 2023.

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Allaire, Ninon; Ginot, Samuel; De Baets, Kenneth; Korn, Dieter; Goudemand, Nicolas; Monnet, Claude; Crônier, Catherine

Morphological disparity of early ammonoids: A geometric morphometric approach to investigate conch geometry Journal Article

In: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 193–212, 2023.

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De Baets, Kenneth; Vanadzina, Karina; Schiffbauer, James

Parasitic Relationships: Trapped in time Journal Article

In: eLife, vol. 12, pp. e90008, 2023, ISSN: 2050-084X.

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Vinn, Olev; De Baets, Kenneth; Isakar, Mare; Toom, Ursula

Parasite-induced shell damage in brachiopod Porambonites (Porambonites) laticaudata from the Late Ordovician (Sandbian) of Estonia Journal Article

In: Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 110–113, 2023.

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Hsieh, Shannon; Łaska, Weronika; Uchman, Alfred

Intermittent and temporally variable bioturbation by some terrestrial invertebrates: implications for ichnology Journal Article

In: The Science of Nature, vol. 110, no. 2, pp. 11, 2023.

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De Baets, Kenneth; Jarochowska, Emilia; Buchwald, Stella Zora; Klug, Christian; Korn, Dieter

Lithology controls ammonoid size distributions Journal Article

In: PALAIOS, vol. 37, iss. 12, pp. 744-754, 2022, ISSN: 0883-1351.

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Mulvey, Laura PA; Warnock, Rachel CM; De Baets, Kenneth

Where traditional extinction estimates fall flat: using novel cophylogenetic methods to estimate extinction risk in platyhelminths Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 289, no. 1981, pp. 20220432, 2022.

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Okamura, Beth; Gruhl, Alexander; De Baets, Kenneth

Evolutionary Transitions of Parasites between Freshwater and Marine Environments Journal Article

In: Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 345–356, 2022, ISSN: 1540-7063.

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