Our research focuses on deep-time patterns of evolution in reptiles, particularly lizards and snakes, collectively known as the Squamata. We integrate multiple sources of information from morphology, paleontology, and molecular phylogenetics to reconstruct the evolutionary history of modern squamate groups. We are specifically interested in the evolutionary dynamics of morphological transformations – profound changes in body plans that often accompany major shifts in diversification and life history. We currently focus on two groups in this regard – amphisbaenians or “worm lizards”, and skinks.

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