1992 …2020

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Research interests

Current Research

Members of my group are variouslly using the fossil record to answer questions about large scale, ‘macroevolutionary’ processes. Between us, we are interested in how fossils can be useful in building phylogenies, how groups diversify though ‘design space’, and how shifts in developmental programs can underpin the largest, macroevolutionary changes.

Projects being undertaken by current members of my lab include:

  • The phylogeny of Eumalacostraca using molecules, morphology and fossils
  • Testing macroevolutionary trends, particularly patterns of disparity through time
  • The congruence of phylogeny and stratigraphy
  • The quality of phylogentic data
  • How ‘shaky’ are phylogenetic trees including fossils?
  • Fossilisation filters and the Tree of Life
  • Building a supertree of arthropods
  • Ontogenetic disparity and the evolution of molluscs

Goals

To improve our understanding of some of the deepest branches in animal evolution, and to evaluate the contribution that fossil make to resolving these.

To test the validity of putative macroevolutionary trends (e.g., early high morphological disparity and increasing complexity).

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Projects

  • Research Output

    First evidence for a latitudinal body mass effect in extant Crocodylia and the relationships of their reproductive characters

    Lakin, R., Barrett, P. M., Stevenson, C., Thomas, R. J. & Wills, M., 21 Jan 2020, In : Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. blz208.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Craniodental and postcranial characters of non-avian Dinosauria often imply different trees

    Li, Y., Ruta, M. & Wills, M., 26 Nov 2019, In : Systematic Biology. syz077.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Phylogenetic incongruence and homoplasy in the appendages and bodies of arthropods: Why broad character sampling is best

    Brinkworth, A., Wills, M. & Sansom, R., 1 Sep 2019, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 187, 1, p. 100-116 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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    The evolution of the tetrapod humerus: morphometrics, disparity, and evolutionary rates

    Ruta, M., Krieger, J., Angielczyk, K. & Wills, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Earth and Environmental Sciences Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 109, 1-2, p. 351-369 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Elevated atmospheric CO2 promoted speciation in mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae)

    Tang, C., Davis, K., Delmer, C., Yang, D. & Wills, M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Communications Biology. 1, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 182.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Thesis

    Comparative Cladistics: Fossils, Morphological Data Partitions and Lost Branches in the Fossil Tree of Life

    Author: Mounce, R., 3 Oct 2013

    Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    Comparative Insights Into Convergent Evolution

    Author: Oyston, J., 23 May 2018

    Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor) & Wilkinson, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    Cretaceous-Cenozoic Evolution of the Crocodylia, and the Role of Environmental Change in Driving Diversity

    Author: Russell, H., 13 Feb 2019

    Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor) & Longrich, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    Fossils and the Tree of Life: Ghost ranges, stratigraphic congruence and data quality

    Author: O'Connor, A., 6 Mar 2014

    Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    Major Evolutionary Trends

    Author: Hughes, M., 29 Nov 2013

    Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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