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About the Project

A PhD opportunity is available in the lab of Dr. Katrina Jones at the University of Manchester. The lab studies the evolution of mammalian locomotion drawing from methods in comparative anatomy, biomechanics, paleobiology, and evolutionary modelling. See Areas of interest include the evolution of locomotor diversity in mammals, terrestrial-aquatic transitions, the evolution and function of the axial skeleton, and the origins of mammalian locomotion in non-mammalian synapsids. One current focus is the evolution of cursoriality in mammals, with topics including the role of the axial skeleton in mammalian running, osteological indicators of running in the skeleton, coevolution of cursoriality in ungulates and carnivores, and reconstructing locomotor transitions. Potential PhD projects could lie within these research areas, or a different topic of the students choosing that fits within the broader goals and interests of the lab. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Jones prior to application to discuss potential fit and project interests.

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Biological Sciences (4)


• Jones, K. E., Dickson, B. V., Angielczyk, K. D., and Pierce, S. E. 2021. Adaptive landscapes challenge “lateral-to-sagittal” paradigm for mammalian vertebral evolution. Current Biology. 31(9): 1883-1892.
• Jones, K. E., Benitez, L., Angielczyk, K. D., and Pierce, S. E. 2018. Adaptation and constraint in the evolution of the mammalian backbone. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 18(1), 172.
• Jones, K. E., Angielczyk, K. D., Polly, P. D., Head, J. J., Fernandez, V., Lungmus, J., Tulga, S. and Pierce, S. E. 2018. Fossils reveal the complex evolutionary history of the mammalian regionalized spine. Science. 1249-1252.
• Jones, K. E. 2016. New insights on equid locomotor evolution from the lumbar region of fossil horses. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283(1829).
• Jones, K. E., Goswami, A. and Smaers, J. 2015. Impact of the terrestrial-aquatic transition on disparity and rates of evolution in the carnivoran skull. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 15(1):8.

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