Daniel Madzia

Daniel Madzia
Polish Academy of Sciences | PAN · Roman Kozłowski Institute of Paleobiology

PhD

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Introduction
Phylogenetic relationships and ecology of Mesozoic amniotes, especially dinosaurs and plesiosaurs.
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - present
Polish Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
October 2018 - March 2019
Polish Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Specialist
October 2014 - December 2018
Polish Academy of Sciences
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (50)
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Lower Permian deposits of the Boskovice Basin in the Czech Republic have long been renowned for extraordinarily abundant specimens of discosauriscid seymouriamorphs, some of which showing exceptional preservation, including widespread soft tissues. The only other tetrapods from the strata are represented by rare temnospondyls. However, recent field...
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The current knowledge of tetrapods from the Asselian (lowermost Permian) of the Boskovice Basin in the Czech Republic is almost exclusively based on body fossils which are limited to a few taxa of lacustrine origin. These specimens comprise extraordinarily abundant discosauriscids (Špinar, 1952; Klembara, 1995; Klembara, 2009) and some very rare te...
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Ischyrodon meriani is an obscure pliosaurid taxon established upon an exceptionally large tooth crown of a probable Callovian (Middle Jurassic) age that originates from Wölflinswil, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland. Despite being known for almost two centuries, the specimen remains poorly researched. Historically, I. meriani has been associated, or ev...
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Lower Permian strata of the Boskovice Basin in the Czech Republic have yielded hundreds of largely complete seymouriamorph individuals, some of which are exceptionally preserved and have noticeable soft tissues, such as external gills and eye structures. The vast majority of these finds are referable to Discosauriscus austriacus, and almost exclusi...
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Changes in speciation and extinction rates are key to the dynamics of clade diversification, but attempts to infer them from phylogenies of extant species face challenges. Methods capable of synthesizing information from extant and fossil species have yielded novel insights into diversification rate variation through time, but little is known about...
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Ornithischians form a large clade of globally distributed Mesozoic dinosaurs, and represent one of their three major radiations. Throughout their evolutionary history, exceeding 134 million years, ornithischians evolved considerable morphological disparity, expressed especially through the cranial and osteodermal features of their most distinguisha...
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Borogovia gracilicrus is a small-bodied theropod dinosaur from the Maastrichtian (Upper Cretaceous) Nemegt Formation of southern Mongolia. The taxon is based on a single fragmentary specimen preserving only the distal part of the hindlimbs. The morphology of Borogovia shows a peculiar combination of features, some of which are traditionally conside...
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Pliosaurids were the dominant macropredators in aquatic environments at least since the Middle Jurassic until their extinction in the early Late Cretaceous. Until very recently, the Cretaceous record of Pliosauridae has been poor and difficult to interpret from the taxonomic and phylogenetic perspective. Despite that the knowledge of Cretaceous pli...
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Metriorhynchid crocodylomorphs were an important component in shallow marine ecosystems during the Middle Jurassic to Early Cretaceous in the European archipelago. While metriorhynchids are well known from western European countries, their central and eastern European record is poor and usually limited to isolated or fragmentary specimens which oft...
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Thalassomedon haningtoni is one of the most completely preserved elasmosaurid plesiosaurians described to date. Unlike most other elasmosaurid fossils, both the holotype and a second referred specimen — which were recovered from the middle Cenomanian Graneros Shale in the mid-western USA — are represented by intact skulls with articulated postcrani...
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Marine reptiles from the Upper Jurassic of Central Europe are rare and often fragmentary, which hinders their precise taxonomic identification and their placement in a palaeobiogeographic context. Recent fieldwork in the Kimmeridgian of Krzyżanowice, Poland, a locality known from turtle remains originally discovered in the 1960s, has reportedly pro...
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The cross sections of tusks of all elephantimorph proboscideans show well-developed intersecting lines that form a conspicuous net-like structure termed the Schreger pattern. This trait is usually used to discriminate the tusks of recent elephants from those of mammoths. In Neogene elephantimorphs, however, the pattern remains largely unstudied and...
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Observations of temporal overlap of niche occupation among Late Cretaceous marine amniotes suggest that the rise and diversification of mosasauroid squamates might have been influenced by competition with or disappearance of some plesiosaur taxa. We discuss that hypothesis through comparisons of the rates of morphological evolution of mosasauroids...
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Ornithopod dinosaurs were abundant inhabitants of European islands during the Late Cretaceous. The long history of dinosaur research in Europe has led to the establishment of new taxa for numerous ornithopod specimens that received considerable attention in the literature; however, many of these remain essentially unstudied. This explains why littl...
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Dental morphology, microstructure and chemistry provide unique insights into various aspects of the evolutionary history and ecology of extinct clades. However, most studies have focused exclusively on the morphological aspects of teeth, while there are significantly fewer detailed accounts of tooth microstructure and mineralogy. Here we provide a...
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The Turonian (93.9–89.8 Ma) was a key transitional interval of plesiosaur evolution, during which pliosaurid apex predators (dominant since the Middle Jurassic) rapidly declined, and polycotylids correspondingly radiated as middle trophic-level pursuit hunters. Paradoxically, however, the fossil record of Turonian plesiosaurs is globally sparse, es...
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Megacephalosaurus eulerti is a large macropredatory plesiosaur representing one of the last members of the diverse pliosaurid clade Brachaucheninae. The taxon was established upon a nearly complete skull including the mandible and fragments of the postcranial skeleton originating from the lower middle Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) of Kansas, USA. Owi...
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A number of methods have recently become available to infer rates of speciation and extinction from datasets containing or restricted to extinct taxa; however, their comparative performance remains largely unexplored. To investigate the congruence of the estimates of macroevolutionary rates produced by these approaches, we inferred tip-dated phylog...
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Mosasaurus lemonnieri is a mosasaurine mosasaurid first unearthed from the lower Maastrichtian of the Mons Basin, southern Belgium. Even though numerous well-preserved specimens have been attributed to the taxon, the knowledge of its anatomy is surprisingly poor and merely limited to some general characteristics. Here I describe the morphology of t...
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Sponges are an ecologically important component of modern Caribbean coral reefs. However, little is known about the structure of sponge communities prior to the large-scale degradation of Caribbean reef ecosystems. Here we explore changes in the sponge community over the past millennium by analyzing the composition of sponge spicules from a sedimen...
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Pliosaurid plesiosaurians played important roles in marine food chains from the Middle Jurassic to the mid Cretaceous, frequently as apex predators. All hitherto described pliosaurid species of the Kimmeridgian to the Hauterivian possess trihedral and subtrihedral teeth with a smooth labial surface, while Aptian–Turonian pliosaurids have exclusivel...
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Hulsanpes perlei is an enigmatic theropod dinosaur from the Baruungoyot Formation (?mid-to upper Campanian, Upper Cretaceous) of Mongolia. It was discovered in 1970, during the third Polish-Mongolian paleontological expedition to the Nemegt Basin. The taxon is known based on a partial braincase and an incomplete right hindlimb. However, the brainca...
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Phylogenetic data matrix Data matrix in .tnt format, with scores updated for Hulsanpes. Character list in Cau et al. (2017, supplementary data).
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Pliosaurid marine reptiles played important roles in marine food chains from the Middle Jurassic to the middle Cretaceous, frequently as apex predators. The evolution of pliosaurids during the later parts of the Early Cretaceous has recently been illuminated by discoveries from Russia (Hauterivian) and Colombia (Barremian). However, knowledge of pl...
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Apparent differences between the faunal compositions of Callovian (late Middle Jurassic) and Kimmeridgian–Tithonian (middle to late Late Jurassic) marine diapsids of Europe suggest that a faunal turnover occurred during the Oxfordian (early Late Jurassic). The differences in the structures of marine diapsids are usually discussed within the context...
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Megacephalosaurus eulerti was a large brachauchenine pliosaurid that roamed the Western Interior Seaway during the middle Turonian (Late Cretaceous). The type specimen (FHSM VP-321) consists of a nearly complete skull including the dentaries, and associated incomplete postcranial material. We assessed the dental morphology of Megacephalosaurus and...
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Neornithischians were a major clade of herbivorous dinosaurs that existed from the earliest Jurassic to the latest Maastrichtian. During their long evolutionary history, neornithischians diverged into several highly distinctive clades, including ceratopsians, pachycephalosaurs, and hadrosaurids. However, the origin and the early evolution of Neorni...
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During their long evolutionary history, neornithischian dinosaurs diverged into several clades with distinctive adaptations. However, the early evolution within Neornithischia and the resolution of the phylogenetic relationships of taxa situated near the base of the clade remain problematic. This is especially true for those taxa traditionally plac...
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Brachauchenine pliosaurids were a cosmopolitan clade of macropredatory plesiosaurs that are considered to represent the only pliosaurid lineage that survived the faunal turnover of marine amniotes during the Jurassic– Cretaceous transition. However, the European record of the Early to early Late Cretaceous brachauchenines is largely limited to isol...
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Mosasauroid squamates represented the apex predators within the Late Cretaceous marine and occasionally also freshwater ecosystems. Proper understanding of the origin of their ecological adaptations or paleobiogeographic dispersals requires adequate knowledge of their phylogeny. The studies assessing the position of mosasauroids on the squamate evo...
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BEAST file for Bayesian analysis
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TNT file for parsimony analyses
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Brachauchenine pliosaurids were marine macropredatory reptiles that might have been the only evolutionary lineage of pliosaurid plesiosaurians that crossed the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary. Yet progress in understanding their origins and phylogenetic relationships has been hindered by limited knowledge of Early Cretaceous brachauchenine pliosaurid...
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Mosasaurus lemonnieri is a mosasaurine mosasaurid originally described from the lower Maastrichtian (obtusa Zone) of the Ciply area, Mons Basin, southern Belgium. Despite being represented by numerous specimens, the knowledge of certain aspects of its anatomy is still incomplete. For example, the dentition of M. lemonnieri has been compared to that...
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Pliosauridae is a globally distributed clade of aquatic predatory amniotes whose fossil record spans from the Lower Jurassic to the Upper Cretaceous. However, the knowledge of pliosaurid interrelationships remains limited. In part, this is a consequence of a few key taxa awaiting detailed reassessment. Among them, the taxon Polyptychodon is of spec...
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The Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of southern Germany has yielded numerous species of pterosaurs known from specimens that represent various ontogenetic stages. Many specimens of these species have been distributed across the world and, in some cases, forgotten about. Here we report on a juvenile pterosaur that was obtained from a private coll...
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Pliosaurid plesiosaurs were significant components of Mesozoic marine ecosystems and dominant predators, especially during the Middle and Late Jurassic. The subfamily Brachaucheninae comprises the only macropredatory pliosaurids that persisted to the early Late Cretaceous. All other pliosaurids became extinct prior to the end of the Jurassic. Howev...
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Mosasauroidea is a species-rich clade of mostly marine, small to gigantic squamates with an evolutionary history recorded exclusively in Upper Cretaceous strata. Although the most distinguishable mosasauroid lineages, such as tylosaurines, plioplatecarpines and derived mosasaurines, have already been adequately recognised decades ago, their interre...
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All currently known theropod specimens from the Czech Republic have been attributed to the crown clade Aves. However, an archosaur tooth in the Institute of Geological Sciences (Faculty of Science, Masaryk University), labelled as Teleosaurus, belongs to a non-avian theropod. The tooth comes from the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) carbonate rocks of Šv...
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Although notable for their massive body plan and a wide paleobiogeographical distribution during the Late Cretaceous, the phylogeny of advanced titanosaur sauropods is difficult to infer. The main reason for the problems is probably the incomplete nature of their fossil material. However, additional difficulties might also stem from inclusion of in...
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Teropodí fosilní materiál z území České republiky byl až dosud omezen pouze na zástupce Aves (viz např. Mlíkovský, 1995; Mayr & Gregorová, in press). Nyní byl však v paleontologických sbírkách Ústavu geologických věd PřF MU identifikován archosauří zub, jehož morfologie odpovídá zubům karnivorních forem teropodních dinosaurů. Materiál pochází ze sv...

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Inferring the phylogeny and macroevolutionary dynamics of the ornithischian dinosaurs.
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This project ("Morphology, microstructure, and isotopes as a source of taxonomic and ecological information in the teeth of Mosasauridae from the Upper Cretaceous of Europe") is supported by the National Science Centre (Poland) grant no. 2015/19/N/ST10/01628.
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Phylogenetic assessment of the Cretaceous pliosaurid plesiosaurs.