Welcome to Dr. Robert Reisz's vertebrate palaeontology research group at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. The lab has studied a diverse array of animals and biological processes, with a broad focus on Paleozoic and Mesozoic tetrapods, since Robert first began teaching at UTM in 1975, with our current focus centered on the unique early Permian tetrapod assemblage at Richards Spur, Oklahoma and on the evolutionary trends and features of the tetrapod dentition. Within these broad umbrellas, we seek to address broad questions related to evolution in deep time and extinct organisms, ranging from transitions in tooth implantation and replacement across major tetrapod clades to the radiation of terrestrial vertebrates in the early Permian. Robert has also ventured into other areas of research, including sauropodomorph dinosaur embryology and growth, and the preservation of organic remains within the bones of fossils. Details regarding our research areas, methods, study systems, and the members of our lab can be found in the tabs above.
- Reisz, R.R., MacDougall, M.J., LeBlanc, A.R.H., Scott, D., and Nagesan, R.S. 2020. Lateralized feeding behavior in a Paleozoic reptile. Current Biology 30: 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.04.026 [June 2020]
- Snyder, A.J., LeBlanc, A.R.H., Jun, C., Bevitt, J.J., Reisz, R.R. 2020. Thecodont tooth attachment and replacement in bolosaurid parareptiles. PeerJ 8: e9168. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.9168 [May 2020]
- Reisz, R.R., LeBlanc, A.R.H., Maddin, H.C., Dudgeon, T.W., Scott, D., Huang, T., Chen, J., Chen, C.-M., and Zhong, S. 2020. Early Jurassic dinosaur fetal dental development and its significance for the evolution of sauropod dentition. Nature Communications 11: 1-9. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16045-7 [May 2020]
- Mann, A., and Reisz, R.R. 2020. Antiquity of “sail-backed” neural spine hyper-elongation in mammal forerunners. Frontiers in Earth Science 8: 83. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2020.00083 [March 2020]
- Berman, D.S., Maddin, H.C., Henrici, A.C., Sumida, S.S., Scott, D., and Reisz, R.R. New primitive caseid (Synapsida, Caseasauria) from the Early Permian of Germany. Annals of Carengie Museum 86(1): 43-75. [link] [March 2020]
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