I am interested in how evolution structures phenotypic diversity over large timescales. In particular, in how intrinsic factors such as development interacted with ecological factors in macroevolution, mainly of birds and mainly of their skeletal anatomy. To accomplish this, I work at several scales from macroevolutionary studies of phenotype across dozens of species to anatomical systematic research in fossils, mostly birds and kin.
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Navalón, G., Marugán‐Lobón, J., Bright, J.A., Cooney, C.R. and Rayfield, E.J., 2020. The consequences of craniofacial integration for the adaptive radiations of Darwin’s finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 270–278. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-019-1092-y
Navalón, G., Bright, J.A., Marugán‐Lobón, J. and Rayfield, E.J., 2019. The evolutionary relationship among beak shape, mechanical advantage, and feeding ecology in modern birds. Evolution, 73(3), pp.422-435. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evo.13655
Navalón, G., Meng, Q., Marugán-Lobón, J., Zhang, Y., Wang, B., Xing, H., Liu, D. and Chiappe, L.M., 2018. Diversity and evolution of the Confuciusornithidae: Evidence from a new 131-million-year-old specimen from the Huajiying Formation in NE China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 152, pp.12-22. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1367912017306223
Navalón, G., Marugán-Lobón, J., Chiappe, L.M., Sanz, J.L. and Buscalioni, Á.D., 2015. Soft-tissue and dermal arrangement in the wing of an Early Cretaceous bird: Implications for the evolution of avian flight. Scientific reports, 5, p.14864. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep14864