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Fossils and Las Hoyas

The unique fossils of this site represent the ecological structure of a Lower Cretaceous wetland  (Barremian, 124-129 My) with unprecedented biological detail.  We have a new project in which we are taking the first steps to understand the complex ecological structure of the wetland using networks.

3D landmarks in the avian brain

(Marugán-Lobón et al., 2016)


Skulls, dinosaurs and avian evolution

Part of my research has been devoted to study avian skull evolution at macroevolutionary scales using shape analysis (Geometric Morphometrics).

Mesozoic Birds and the evolution of avian life histories

Confuciusornis sanctus

Confuciusornis is the most abundant of all the fossil birds unearthed from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol biota in Liaoning Province (China). We have unveiled intriguing features of the life history of this primitive birds. 

Biological form and shape analysis


Using Geometric Morphometrics, we've studied multiple aspects of the evolution of organisms, such as the skull of birds. 


Morphospace of raptor skull shape evolution

(Brght et al., 2016)

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Complex interations between ecology, shape variation and biomechanics shaping the avian beak

(Navalón et al., 2018)

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The evolutionary integratiof the beak and the cranium in finches

(Navalón et al., 2019)

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Multivariate growth of the chicken skull

(Marugán-Lobón et al., 2014)

Mapping the evolution of the maniraptoran hand with OPA.

Nebreda et al, (2020)

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Features of shape variation in unexplored settings, such as dinosaur trackways  (Costa et al., 2019)

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