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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2017 Awardees 2017 (Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize) Digital Modeling/Animation - Marc Jones


I’ve been interested in animals and deep time for as long as I can remember. For my undergraduate degree I studied Palaeobiology at University College London (UK) and worked on fossil frogs in the lab of Susan E. Evans for my final year project. After completing my degree, I worked at the Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales, UK) and travelled across Australia. I returned to Susan’s lab for my PhD project which focused on the skull of the New Zealand tuatara (Sphenodon) and its fossil relatives and subsequently two successive postdoctoral projects related to reptile skull mechanics. In 2013 I moved to Australia to take up a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council coupled to a 4 year lectureship position at the University of Adelaide. I now have a diverse research portfolio that includes investigations of several fossil specimens, in vivo bite force in a range of living lepidosaurs, descriptions of jaw muscle anatomy in reptiles, and construction of sophisticated biomechanical models. The video animation presents the results from a project that I first conceived of in 2004 during my PHD when I found the unworn tooth in the collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Little did I realise how long it would take me to obtain a scan that provide adequate attenuation contrast for measuring enamel thickness distribution. X-rays didn’t work – thank goodness for Neutrons!