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Herpetology in the Department of Zoology and Museum of Zoology examines the evolutionary histories of modern reptile and amphibian clades, focusing on morphological evolution and development, phylogenetics, and conservation palaeobiology. The primary data for these studies are quantified morphology of extant and fossil taxa, regulatory genetic expression patterns, geographic distributions, and ecological habits of extant taxa.

Current research includes analysis of the evolutionary relationships between axial morphology and regulatory genetics, the systematics and origins of snakes, and the evolution of herpetofaunas during the last 65 million years in relation to climatic transitions. 

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