Dr Thomas Püschel
I am a palaeoprimatologist and vertebrate palaeobiologist mainly focused on primate and mammalian evolution. My main interest is to study organismal evolution by reconstructing and comparing the palaeobiology of fossils to their living ecological relatives. In order to do this, I apply a combination of predictive modelling, 3D morphometrics, virtual biomechanical techniques, computational simulations, phylogenetic comparative methods, and fieldwork. In May 2021, I joined the Venditti group as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading, under the framework of the Leverhulme project: ‘The evolutionary and biogeographical routes to hominin diversity’. I held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab from October 2018 to May 2021 and I remain a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford, where I work together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa, Mozambique.
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