Our team members are based at the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology in the University of Valencia (Spain) and the School of Earth Sciences in the University of Bristol (UK).

Humberto G. Ferrón

Group leader

My research programme focuses on the joint application of an array of state-of-the-art techniques in palaeobiology to elucidate the scenarios in which some of the major evolutionary transitions of animals took place.

I have particular interest in the emergence of vertebrates, the evolution of gigantism and endothermy, the establishment of coevolutionary relationships between flowering plants and modern pollinators, the colonization of land by animals, and the nature of organismal evolution (contingency vs determinism), among other topics. Currently, I hold a Ramon y Cajal fellowship in the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology in the University of Valencia (Spain).

Madleen Grohganz

PhD student

Working on the evolutionary origin of teeth studying the fossil record of extinct jawless vertebrates, but also genes in the teeth of living jawless vertebrates.

Jose Luis Herráiz

PhD student

Working on Cenozoic shark faunas of the Mediterranean basin and their diversity patterns linked to key geological events.

Vicente Sanchez

MSci student

Working on homoplasy and functional convergence in Palaeozoic agnathan vertebrates through the application of morphometric techniques and computational fluid dynamics.

Francisco Javier Martínez

MSci student

Working on Cambrian and Ordovician invertebrates of Iberia to test hypotheses on diversity patterns in high latitudes during the Palaeozoic.


Antonio Ballell (University of Bristol, UK)

Borja Figueirido (University of Málaga, Spain)

Catalina Pimiento (University of Swansea, UK)

Christian Klug (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Emily Rayfield (University of Bristol, UK)

Imran A. Rahman (Natural History Museum of London, UK)

Jack Cooper (University of Swansea, UK)

Juan Cantalapiedra (University of Alcalá, Spain)

Martin Rücklin (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands)

Michael Benton (University of Bristol, UK)

Phillip C. J. Donoghue (University of Bristol, UK)

Robert Sansom (University of Manchester, UK)

Samuel Zamora (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Spain)

Susan Turner (Queensland Museum, Australia)

Zerina Johanson (Natural History Museum of London, UK)

Zhikun Gai (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, China)