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Mammal Evolution and Morphology Group

 3D reconstruction of the lower jaw of Potamogale velox


Robert Asher researches the evolution and development of vertebrates, particularly mammals. He is also interested in the history of evolutionary theory and areas of overlap between science and philosophy.


Current research topics include:

Current projects include the fossil history of rodents and lagomorphs (Glires), the history of vertebrate classifications (both evolutionary and non-evolutionary), quantifying accuracy of anatomical data in phylogenetics, development and homology of dentitions, and the timing of high-level mammalian divergences.

Key Publications 

Asher RJ. anticipated 2018. Taxonomy, Trees, and Truth in Historical Mammalogy. In Zachos F, and Asher RJ. Handbook of Zoology: Mammalia. Berlin: Walter deGruyter.

Asher RJ, Gunnell GF, Seiffert ER, Pattinson D, Tabuce R, Hautier L, Sallam HM. 2017. Dental Eruption and Growth in Hyracoidea (Mammalia, Afrotheria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1317638.

Carillo J, Asher RJ. 2017. An exceptionally well preserved skeleton of Thomashuxleya externa (Mammalia, Notoungulata), from the Eocene of Patagonia, Argentina. Paleontologica Electronica 20.2.34A

Brockelhurst RJ, Crumpton N, Button E, Asher RJ 2016. Jaw anatomy of Potamogale velox (Tenrecidae, Afrotheria) with a focus on cranial arteries and the coronoid canal in mammals. PeerJ 4:e1906; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1906.

Pattinson DJ, Thompson RS, Piotrowski A, Asher RJ. 2015. Phylogeny, paleontology, and primates: do incomplete fossils bias the tree of life? Systematic Biology 64(2):169-186.

Full list of publications


Contact Details

Group Leader

Dr Robert Asher


Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
Downing St

01223  (3)36680

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