We are the first working group focused on the early evolution of our own lineage (vertebrata) in Spain, filling an important gap in the Spanish Science System. We focuss our work in the most important milestones that characterize and drive the evolution of the first vertebrates.
Amongst our goals
The origin of teeth and jaws, the homology (or not) of some mineralized tissues in the different groups of early vertebrates, or the study of the exoskeleton diversity of basal vertebrates from a functional point of view, represent our most important lines of investigation.
The Early Vertebrate Evolution Research-Lab (EVER) aims to shed light into the evolution and diversification of the early vertebrates using a multidisciplinary approach. In this sense, our group tries to answer questions related to the origin and early evolution of several groups of early vertebrates (i.e. non-tetrapod vertebrates), as well as the timing and tempo of the appearance of the different tissues and skeletal structures that identify our lineage. Thus, our research combines traditional palaeontology (systematics, biodiversity and phylogeny) with studies of comparative anatomy and developmental biology in extant organisms. All this is combined with the application of some of the most advanced tomographic and computational techniques applied to the study of the vertebrate fossil record.