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Miss Marta Zaher

Miss Marta Zaher

Miss Marta Zaher

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

Macroevolution and function in parareptiles (Supervisors: Professor Michael J. Benton, Professor Emily J. Rayfield)

Research summary

Parareptiles are a diverse group of basal reptiles which appeared in the Early Permian and died out before the end of the Triassic. They were mostly terrestrial, but one clade, mesosaurs, were aquatic. 

My research will mostly be focused on two largest groups, pareiasaurs and procolophonids, of which latter were the only group of parareptiles to survive the Perm-Triassic extinction event. Pareiasaurs were medium- to large-sized and heavy built, whereas procolophonids were much smaller and somewhat lizard-like. Both groups were major components of their ecosystems at different points, but different dietary preferences have been suggested for these animals, including herbivory, omnivory and insectivory ...

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Biography

Sep 2017 - present
University of Bristol, PhD in Geology

Oct 2015 – Jul 2017
University of Zagreb (Croatia), MSc in Geology and Palaeontology

Oct 2012 – Sep 2015
University of Zagreb (Croatia), BSc in Geology

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