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Analysing Diversity with a Phenomic approach: Trends in Vertebrate Evolution

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Project "ADaPTIVE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 5BD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙482˙818 €
 EC max contribution 1˙482˙818 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2021-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UK (LONDON) coordinator 681˙354.00
2    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) participant 801˙463.00


 Project objective

What processes shape vertebrate diversity through deep time? Approaches to this question can focus on many different factors, from life history and ecology to large-scale environmental change and extinction. To date, the majority of studies on the evolution of vertebrate diversity have focused on relatively simple metrics, specifically taxon counts or univariate measures, such as body size. However, multivariate morphological data provides a more complete picture of evolutionary and palaeoecological change. Morphological data can also bridge deep-time palaeobiological analyses with studies of the genetic and developmental factors that shape variation and must also influence large-scale patterns of evolutionary change. Thus, accurately reconstructing the patterns and processes underlying evolution requires an approach that can fully represent an organism’s phenome, the sum total of their observable traits.

Recent advances in imaging and data analysis allow large-scale study of phenomic evolution. In this project, I propose to quantitatively analyse the deep-time evolutionary diversity of tetrapods (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). Specifically, I will apply and extend new imaging, morphometric, and analytical tools to construct a multivariate phenomic dataset for living and extinct tetrapods from 3-D scans. I will use these data to rigorously compare extinction selectivity, timing, pace, and shape of adaptive radiations, and ecomorphological response to large-scale climatic shifts across all tetrapod clades. To do so, I will quantify morphological diversity (disparity) and rates of evolution spanning over 300 million years of tetrapod history. I will further analyse the evolution of phenotypic integration by quantifying not just the traits themselves, but changes in the relationships among traits, which reflect the genetic, developmental, and functional interactions that shape variation, the raw material for natural selection.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Anjali Goswami, Marcela Randau, P. David Polly, Vera Weisbecker, C. Verity Bennett, Lionel Hautier, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra
Do Developmental Constraints and High Integration Limit the Evolution of the Marsupial Oral Apparatus?
published pages: 404-415, ISSN: 1540-7063, DOI: 10.1093/icb/icw039
Integrative and Comparative Biology 56/3 2020-01-24
2018 Ryan N. Felice, Anjali Goswami
Developmental origins of mosaic evolution in the avian cranium
published pages: 555-560, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1716437115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/3 2020-01-24
2016 Anjali Goswami, John A. Finarelli
EMMLi: A maximum likelihood approach to the analysis of modularity
published pages: 1622-1637, ISSN: 0014-3820, DOI: 10.1111/evo.12956
Evolution 70/7 2020-01-24

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