Davide Foffa is a Research Fellow funded by the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851.
Dr Foffa studied Geological Sciences as an undergraduate at University of Pisa, Italy. He then moved to the UK for a MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol. In 2018 he completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Foffa has then moved to the National Museums Scotland as Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
Dr Foffa's primary research 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 (taxonomy, systematics, µCT scanning techniques, comparative anatomy, biomechanics) on a variety of Mesozoic vertebrate groups (i.e. pseudosuchians, avemetatarsalians, thalattosuchians, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, lepidosauromorphs). Particular areas of interests are: the origins, evolution and changes in taxonomic and ecological diversity through time, geographical and climate patterns of diversity.
Dr Foffa’s current project at National Museums Scotland focuses on the Triassic ‘Elgin Reptiles’ and the origins of modern fauna. The ‘Elgin reptiles’ from the Late Triassic Lossiemouth Sandstone Formation of Northern Scotland are thought to be the closest relatives to modern reptile lineages. Unfortunately, these animals are poorly known because of their preservation, which makes it difficult to study with traditional methods. Using µCT scanning techniques this project aims to obtain new data to better understand the origins, anatomy, and phylogenetic relationships and ecology of these important specimens.
For further information visit: https://www.royalcommission1851.org/elgin-reptiles-the-origins-of-the-modern-terrestrial-fauna/
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