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Dr Jason Head

Dr Jason Head

University Lecturer and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology

Jason Head is accepting applications for PhD students.

Austin Building Room 311
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 (7)65387

Research Themes


Key Publications

Head, J. J., and P. D. Polly. 2015. Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function. Nature, 520:86-89. doi: 10.1038/nature14042.

P. D. Polly, and J. J. Head. 2015. Measuring Earth-Life Transitions: Ecometric analysis of functional traits from Late Cenozoic Vertebrates. The Paleontological Society Papers, 21: 21-46.

Head, J. J., G. F. Gunnell, P. A. Holroyd, J. H. Hutchison, and R. L. Ciochon. 2013. Giant lizards occupied herbivorous mammalian ecospace during the Paleogene greenhouse in Southeast Asia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0665.

Lawing, A. M., J. J. Head, and P. D. Polly. 2012. The ecology of morphology: the ecometrics of locomotion and macroenvironment in North American snakes. Pp. 117-146 in J. Louys (ed), Palaeontology in Ecology and Conservation. Springer, New York.

Head, J. J., A. Rincon, C. Suarez, C. Montes, and C. Jaramillo. 2012. Evidence for American interchange during the earliest Neogene: Boa from the Miocene of Panama. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32:1328-1334.

Müller, J., C. Hipsley, J. J. Head, N. Kardjilov, A. Hilger, M. Wuttke, and R. R. Reisz. 2011. Limbed lizard from the Eocene of Germany reveals amphisbaenian origins. Nature, 473, 364–367.

Müller, J., T. Scheyer, J. J. Head, P.M. Barrett, P. Ericson, D. Pol, and M. R. Sanchéz-Villagra. 2010. The evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes: The roles of homeotic effects and somitogenesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 107:2118-2123.

Head, J. J., J. I. Bloch, A. K. Hastings, J. R. Bourque, E. A. Cadena, F. A. Herrera, P. D. Polly, and C. A. Jaramillo. 2009. Giant boid snake from the Paleocene neotropics reveals hotter past equatorial temperatures. Nature, 457:715-717