Antonio Ballell

Antonio Ballell
University of Bristol | UB · School of Earth Sciences

PhD in Palaeobiology
Postdoctoral researcher at the Bristol Palaeobiology Group.

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Introduction
My research focuses on the evolution of morphology and function in vertebrates (mostly archosaurs and lepidosaurs) using up-to-date computational methods, including morphological, biomechanical and macroevolutionary analyses. I am interested in reconstructing evolutionary patterns of morphological change and understanding the impact of biological function in such modifications.
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - June 2022
University of Bristol
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2017 - September 2018
University of Bristol
Field of study
  • Palaeobiology
September 2013 - September 2017
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (6)
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Dinosaur evolution is marked by numerous independent shifts from bipedality to quadrupedality. Sauropodomorpha is one of the lineages that transitioned from small bipedal forms to graviportal quadrupeds, with an array of intermediate postural strategies evolving in non-sauropodan sauropodomorphs. This locomotor shift is reflected by multiple modifi...
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The evolution of gigantism in extinct otodontid sharks was paralleled by a series of drastic modifications in their dentition including widening of the crowns, loss of lateral cusplets, and acquisition of serrated cutting edges. These traits have generally been interpreted as key functional features that enabled the transition from piscivory to mor...
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Sauropodomorph dinosaurs underwent drastic changes in their anatomy and ecology throughout their evolution. The Late Triassic Thecodontosaurus antiquus occupies a basal position within Sauropodomorpha, being a key taxon for documenting how those morphofunctional transitions occurred. Here, we redescribe the braincase osteology and reconstruct the n...
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Thecodontosaurus antiquus is a basal sauropodomorph from the Rhaetian locality of Durdham Down in Bristol, U.K. Sauropodomorph material putatively assigned to this species was found at the nearby site of Tytherington. Here, we describe the Tytherington specimens and compare them with T. antiquus and other Late Triassic sauropodomorphs from Britain....
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During the Mesozoic, Crocodylomorpha had a much higher taxonomic and morphological diversity than today. Members of one particularly successful clade, Thalattosuchia, are well‐known for being longirostrine: having long, slender snouts. It has generally been assumed that Thalattosuchia owed their success in part to the evolution of longirostry, lead...

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Extinct crocodylomorphs evolved an outstanding diversity of feeding strategies during the Mesozoic, including small cursorial insectivores, pelagic hypercarnivores and heterodont herbivores. The project aims at characterising that past functional diversity from a biomechanical approach and describing the relevance of feeding specialization in crocodylomorph macroevolution.