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Dr Davide Foffa

Dr Davide Foffa

Focuses on the ecology and evolution of Mesozoic vertebrate ecosystems. His research is interdisciplinary and involves a wide range of topics with a focus on Triassic terrestrial and Jurassic marine faunas, which he investigates using both quantitative and qualitative techniques on a variety of Mesozoic vertebrate groups.

Ten Selected Publications

Foffa D., Butler R.J., Nesbitt S.J., Stig W., Barrett P.M., Brusatte S.L., Fraser N.C. 2020. Revision of Erpetosuchus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) and new erpetosuchid material from the Late Triassic ‘Elgin Reptile’ fauna based on µCT scanning techniques. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburghhttps://doi.org/10.1017/S1755691020000109.

Foffa D., Johnson M.M., Young M.T., Steel L., Brusatte S.L. 2019. Revision of the Late Jurassic deep-water teleosauroid crocodylomorph Teleosaurus megarhinus Hulke, 1871 and evidence of pelagic adaptations in Teleosauroidea. PeerJ 7:e6646 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6646

Foffa D., Young M.T., Stubbs T.L., Dexter K.G., Brusatte S.L. 2018. The long-term ecology and evolution of marine reptiles in a Jurassic seaway. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1548–1555 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0656-6.

Foffa D., Young M.T., Brusatte S.L. 2018. Filling the Corallian gap: new information on Late Jurassic marine reptile faunas from England. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 63: 287–313 https://doi.org/10.4202/app.00455.2018.

Foffa D., Young M.T., Brusatte S.L., Graham M.R., Steel L. 2017. A new metriorhynchid crocodylomorph from the Oxford Clay Formation (Middle Jurassic) of England, with implications for the origin and diversification of Geosaurini. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 16: 1123-1143 https://doi.org/10.1080/14772019.2017.1367730

Foffa D., Young M.T., Brusatte S.L. 2015. Evidence of macrophagous teleosaurid crocodylomorphs in the Corallian Group (Oxfordian, Late Jurassic) of the UK. PeerJ 3:e1497 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1497.

Foffa D., Young M.T. 2014. The Cranial Osteology of Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos (Crocodylomorpha: Metriorhynchidae) from the Middle Jurassic of Europe. PeerJ 2:e608 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.608.

Foffa D., Cuff A.R., Sassoon J., Rayfield E.J., Mavrogorodato M.N., Benton M.J. 2014. Functional anatomy and feeding biomechanics of a giant Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Weymouth Bay, Dorset, UK. Journal of Anatomy 225: 209-219 https://doi.org/10.1111/joa.12200.   

Foffa D., Cuff A.R., Sassoon J., Mavrogorodato M.N., Benton M.J. 2014. Complex rostral neurovascular system in a giant pliosaur. Naturwissenschaften 101: 453-456 
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-014-1173-3.

Foffa D., Whiteside D., Viegas P.A., Benton M.J. 2014. New vertebrate findings from the original Thecodontosaurus-bearing rocks of Durdham Down quarry, Clifton (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 125: 317–328 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.02.002.

For further publications see the National Museums Scotland Research Repository and Google Scholar

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