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Jesús Marugán Lobón

Paleobiology at the UAM

I am associate Professor (Profesor Contratado Doctor LOU) at the Dptm. of Biology (UAM), Secretary of the newborn CIPb (UAM) and Research Associate of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of the County of Los Angeles (USA). As a paleobiologist, my interest in Macroevolution has brought me to tackle multiple facets of animal evolution, including the evolution of birds and now the vertebrate transition to land, largely via digital and mathematical Shape Analytical Tools (Geometric and Traditional Morphometrics, among others). I have now ventured into developing (new to me and exciting) paths of microevolution in deep-time, paleoecology, taphonomy and complexity science in the amazing Las Hoyas decade-long project. 

I teach Paleobiology and Paleozoology Lab in the Degree of Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as well as specialised courses  in shape analysis (Geometric Morphometrics) worldwide.

Paleontology shows how fascinating it is to see how the natural world unfolds through time. Throughout research, however, I've come to realize that fossils not only bring excitement about learning from the past...but also that they stimulate imagination about the future like no other!