We study marine diversity through time.
Our research aims to better understand the extinction mechanisms of marine life, especially sharks, and to assess the impacts of species loss on functional diversity. Our ultimate goal is to use this information to provide insights into conservation. To reach our research objectives, we integrate large sets of paleontological and neontological data and apply methods in ecology, evolution, phylogenetics and biogeography.
New paper on a 3D, full-body reconstruction of the Megalodon
Our new paper has been published in Science Advances. Based on an exceptionally preserved specimen, we reconstructed the entire body shape of the extinct giant shark, the Megalodon. Our model further allowed us to infer movement and feeding ecology, revealing unprecedented swimming & prey intake abilities.
Check our cool animated video summarising our study on our YouTube channel!
We are a global research group
Our team members are based at the Paleontology Institute and Museum in the University of Zurich (Switzerland), at the Biosciences Department in Swansea University (United Kingdom) and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama).
Cooper JA, Griffin JN, Kindlimann R, & Pimiento C. (2023) Are shark teeth proxies for functional traits? A framework to infer ecology from the fossil record. Journal of Fish Biology, 1– 17. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.15326 (Student-led paper).
Cooper JA, Hutchinson JR, Bernvi DC, Cliff, G, Wilson RW, Dicken ML, Menzel, J, Wroe, S, Pirlo, J and Pimiento, C. (2022) The extinct shark Otodus megalodon was a transoceanic super-predator: inferences from 3D modelling. Science Advances abm9424, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abm9424
Pimiento C, Leprieur F, Silvestro D, Lefcheck J, Albouy C, Rasher DB, Davis M, Svenning JC, Griffin JN. (2020) Functional diversity and the fate of marine megafauna in the Anthropocene. Science Advances 6, eaay7650 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay7650.
Villafaña JA, Rivadeneira MM, Pimiento C, Kriwet J. (2023) Diversification trajectories and paleobiogeography of Neogene chondrichthyans from Europe. Paleobiology 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1017/pab.2022.40
We are passionate about our work.
We are committed to high quality science.
We promote diversity in our team.
We are open with our data, manuscripts and ideas.
We are conscious about our impact on the planet and try to reduce or carbon footprint