Welcome to our laboratory in the Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, members of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute. Here we utilize the latest techniques, like Synchrotron Radiation Tomography and uCT, and the tried and true methods of comparative anatomy and histology, in order to understand the lives and relationships of extinct animals. We approach them as living, breathing animals, not just old bones turned to rock over the ages, and try to study them as such. How did they grow? How did they get along with other animals? How did they cope with their environment, and how did this influence their longer term evolution?

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist and Professor of Veterinary Anatomy in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. I have a BSc in geology from The University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in biology from McGill University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Before joining the faculty at the University of Calgary I was an anatomist at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Through this page you will get a good idea of the range of studies we are undertaking in our lab. I am always willing to speak with students searching for a graduate program in vertebrate palaeontology.

Professor, Anatomy

Department of Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

Recent Publications

Pardo, J. D., M. Szostakiwskyj, P. E. Ahlberg, and J. S. Anderson. 2017. Hidden morphological diversity among early tetrapods. Nature doi:10.1038/nature22966

Anderson, J. S., Pardo, J. D., H. Maddin, M. Szostakiwskyj, and A. Tinius. 2016. Is there an exemplar taxon for modeling the evolution of early tetrapod hearing? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160027.


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