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Jason J. Head
Group Leader
University of Cambridge


A. Michelle Lawing
Group Leader
Texas A&M University


Jenny L. McGuire
Group Leader
Georgia Institution of Technology


Johannes Müller
Museum für Naturkunde


Gregory P. Dietl
Steering Group
Paleontological Research Institute (PRI)


Jussi T. Eronen
Steering Group
University of Helsinki


Mikael Fortelius
Steering Group
University of Helsinki


P. David Polly
Steering Group
Indiana University


Christoph Scheidegger
Steering Group
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL


Nils Chr. Stenseth
Steering Group
University of Oslo


iCCB Publications

Aburto-Oropeza O., […] Müller J., et al. 2018. Harnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change. Environmental Science & Policy 87:128-132.

Da Silva F.O., Fabre A.C., Savriama Y., Ollonen J., Mahlow K., Herrel A., Müller J., Di-Poï N. 2018. The ecological origins of snakes as revealed by skull evolution.

Dubke M., Hipsley C.A., Müller J. 2018. Comparative skull osteology and preliminary systematic revision of the African lizard genus Heliobolus (Squamata: Lacertidae). African Journal of Herpetology 67:160-197.

Head J.J., Müller J. 2018. Squamate reptiles from Kanapoi: Faunal evidence for hominin paleoenvironments. Journal of Human Evolution.

Head, J. J., and Müller, J. J. 2018. Late Miocene amphibians and squamates from the United Arab Emirates: Dispersal timing and paleoenvironments in the Arabian Peninsula. chapter 8 in Sands of Time: Late Miocene Fossils from the Baynunah Formation, U.A.E. (F. Bibi, B. Kraatz, M. Beech, and A. Hill, eds.). Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Head, J. J., and Müller, J. J. 2018. Squamate reptiles from Kanapoi: Faunal evidence for hominin paleoenvironments. Journal of Human Evolution.

Kaya, F., Bibi, F., Zliobaite, I., Eronen, J.T., Tang, H., Fortelius, M. 2018. Rise and Fall of the Old World Savanna Fauna and the Origins of the African Savanna Biome. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 241-246.

Lintulaakso, K., Polly, P.D., Eronen, J.T. 2018. Land mammals form eight functionally and climatically distinct faunas in North America but only one in Europe. Journal of Biogeography.

Müller J., Bickelmann C., Sobral G. 2018. The Evolution and Fossil History of Sensory Perception in Amniote Vertebrates. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 46:495-519.

Müller J., Roberts E., Naylor E., Stevens N. 2018. A Fossil Gekkotan (Squamata) from the Late Oligocene Nsungwe Formation, Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. Journal of Herpetology 52:223-227.

Ramm T., Cantalapiedra J.L., Wagner P., Penner J., Rödel M.O., Müller J. 2018. Divergent trends in functional and phylogenetic structure in reptile communities across Africa.

Vermillion, W.A., Head, J.J., Polly, P.D., Eronen, J.T., Lawing, A.M. 2018. Ecometrics: A trait-based approach to paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. 373-394 In D.A. Croft, S.W. Simpson, and D.F. Su (eds.), Methods in Paleoecology: Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities. Springer (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series), Dordrecht.

Villa A., Kirchner M., Alba D.M., Bernardini F., Bolet A., Luján A.H., Fortuny J., Hipsley C.A., Müller J., Sindaco S., Tuniz T., Delfino M. 2018. Comparative cranial osteology of Blanus (Squamata: Amphisbaenia), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society:zly082.

Barnosky, A.D., Hadly, E.A., Gonzalez, P., Head, J., Polly, P.D., Lawing, A.M., Eronen, J.T., Ackerly, D.D., Alex, K., Biber, E., Blois, J., Brashares, J., Ceballos, G., Davis, E., Dietl, G.P., Dirzo, R., Doremus, H., Fortelius, M., Greene, H., Hellmann, J., Hickler, T., Jackson, S.T., Kemp, M., Koch, P.L., Kremen, C., Lindsey, E.L., Looy, C., Marshall, C.R., Mendenhall, C., Mulch, A., Mychajliw, A.M., Nowak, C., Ramakrishnan, U., Schnitzler, J., Shrestha, K.D., Solari, K., Stegner, L., Stegner, M.A., Stenseth, N.C., Wake, M.H., Zhang, Z. 2017. Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: eaah4787.

Eronen. J.T., Zohdy, S., Evans, A.R., Tecot, S.R., Wright, P.C., Jernvall, J. 2017. The Culm Before the Storm: Global Climate Change Driving the Extinction of a Bamboo Specialist. Current Biology 27: 3384-3389.

Hipsley C. A., Müller J. 2017. Developmental dynamics of ecomorphological convergence in a transcontinental lizard radiation. Evolution 71-4: 936–948.

Huang, S., Eronen, J.T., Janis, C.M., Saarinen, J.J., Silvestro, D., Fritz, S.A. 2017. Mammal body mass evolution in North America and Europe over 20 million years: similar trends generated by different processes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162361.

Joos J, Kirchner M, Vamberger M, Kaviani M, Rahimibashar MR, Fritz U, Müller J. 2017. Climate and patterns of body size variation in the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122: 351-365.

Kirchhof, S., R. S. Hetem, H. M. Lease, D. B. Miles, D. Mitchell, J. Müller, M.-O. Rödel, B. Sinervo, T. Wassenaar, and I. W. Murray. 2017. Thermoregulatory behavior and high thermal preference buffer impact of climate change in a Namib Desert lizard. Ecosphere 8(12):e02033. [Full text]

Lawing, A. Michelle, J. Eronen, J. Blois, C. Graham, and P. D. Polly. 2017. Community functional trait composition at the continental scale: the effects of non-ecological processes. Ecography 40: 651 – 663.

Polly, P. D., J. Fuentes-Gonzalez, A. M. Lawing, A. K. Bormet, and R. G. Dundas. 2017. Clade sorting has a greater effect than local adaptation on ecometric patterns in Carnivora. Evolutionary Ecology Research 18: 61 – 95.

Schnitzler, J., Theis, C., Polly, P.D, Eronen, J.T. 2017. Fossils matter - understanding modes and rates of trait evolution in Musteloidea (Carnivora). Evolutionary Ecology Research 18: 187-200.

Sukselainen, L., Kaakinen, A., Eronen, J.T., Passey, B.H., Harrison, T., Zhang, Z., Fortelius, M. 2017. The palaeoenvironment of the middle Miocene pliopithecid locality in Damiao, Inner Mongolia, China. Journal of Human Evolution 108, 31-46.

Tallavaara, M., Eronen, J.T., Luoto, M. 2017. Productivity, biodiversity, and pathogens influence the global hunter-gatherer population density. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Early Edition 27.12.2017.

Toivanen, T., Lummaa, K., Majava, A., Järvensivu, P., Lähde, V., Vadén, T., Eronen, J.T. 2017. The Many Anthropocenes: A Challenge for the Disciplines. The Anthropocene Review 4: 183-198.

Zliobaite, I, Puolamäki, K., Eronen, J.T., Mikael Fortelius. 2017. A survey of computational tasks and methods for analysis of fossil data. Evolutionary Ecology Research. Online Early.

Dietl, G.P., Durham, S.R., Smith, J.A. & Tweitmann, A. 2016. Mollusk assemblages as records of past and present ecological status. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:169.

Fritz, S.A, Eronen, J.T., Schnitzler, J., Hof, C., Janis, C.M., Mulch, A., Böhning-Gaese, K., Graham, C. 2016. Twenty-million-year relationship between mammalian diversity and primary productivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 39: 10908-10913.

Lawing, A. M., P. D. Polly, D. K. Hews, and E. P. Martins. 2016. Including fossils in phylogenetic climate reconstructions: a deep time perspective on the climatic niche evolution and diversification of Spiny Lizards (Sceloperus). American Naturalist 188: 133-148.

Eronen, J.T., Janis, C.M., Chamberlain, C.P., Mulch, A. 2015. Mountain uplift explains differences in Palaeogene patterns of mammalian evolution and extinction between North America and Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20150136. [Full text]

Polly, P. D. and J. J. Head. 2015. Measuring Earth-life transitions: ecometric analysis of functional traits from late Cenozoic vertebrates. Pp. 21-46 in P. D. Polly, J. J. Head, and D. L. Fox (eds.), Earth-Life Transitions: Paleobiology in the Context of Earth System Evolution. The Paleontological Society Papers 21. Yale Press, New Haven, CT.

Polly, P. D., A. Cardini, E. B. Davis, and S. Steppan. 2015. Marmot evolution and global change in the past 10 million years. Pp. 246-276 in P. G. Cox and L. Hautier (eds.), Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Palaeontology and Functional Morphology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Polly, P. D., J. T. Eronen, A. M. Lawing, and J. Schnitzler. 2015. Processes of ecometric patterning: modelling functional traits, environments, and clade dynamics in deep time. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12716. [Full text]

Polly, P.D. 2015. Gene networks, occlusal clocks, and functional patches: new understanding of pattern and process in the evolution of the dentition. Odontology, 103: 117-125. [Full text]

Tapaltsyan, V., Eronen, J.T., Lawing, A. M., Sharir, A., Janis, C.M., Jernvall, J., and Klein, O.D. 2015.Continuously growing rodent molars result from a predictable quantitative evolutionary change over 50 million years. Cell Reports, 11: 673-680. [Full text]

Eronen, J.T., Kaakinen, A., Liu, L., Passey, B.H., Tang, H., Zhang, Z. 2014. Here be Dragons: Mesowear of the classic Chinese "Hipparion" faunas from Baode, Shanxi Province, China. Annales Zoologici Fennici 51: 227-244 [Full text]

Fortelius, M., Eronen, J.T., Kaya, F., Tang, H., Puolamäki, K. 2014. Evolution of Neogene Mammals in Eurasia: Environmental Forcing and Biotic Interactions. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. [Full text]

Lawing, A. M. and N. Matzke. 2014. Conservation paleobiology needs phylogenetic methods. Ecography, 37: 1109-1122. [Full text]

Polly, P. D. and S. Sarwar. 2014. Extinction, extirpation, and exotics: effects on the correlation between traits and environment at the continental level. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 51: 209-226. [Full text]

Fritz, S., Schnitzler, J., Eronen, J.T., Hof, C., Böhning-Gaese, K., Graham, C. 2013. Unearthing diversity: wanted dead and alive. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28, 509-516. [Full text]

Grossnickle, D., P. D. Polly, and Z.-X. Luo. 2013. Morphological disparity of Mesozoic mammals through time. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: S137.

Grossnickle, D.M. and P.D. Polly. 2013. Mammal disparity decreases during the Cretaceous angiosperm radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 280 [Full text]

Polly, P. D., J. Schnitzler, A. M. Lawing, and J. T. Eronen. 2013. Morphological adaptation, range shifts, or extinction? Modeling of morphological responses of species and communities to environmental change in a geographically and temporally explicit context. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: S192.

Polly, P. D., J. Schnitzler, A. M. Lawing, and J. T. Eronen. 2013. Morphological adaptation, range shifts, or extinction? Modeling of morphological responses of species and communities to environmental change in a geographically and temporally explicit context. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: S192.

Rödder D., A. M. Lawing, M. Flecks, F. Ahmadzadeh, J. Dambach, J. O. Engler, J. C. Habel, T. Hartmann, D. Hörnes, F. Ihlow, K. Schidelko, D. Stiels, and P. D. Polly. 2013 Evaluating the Significance of Paleophylogeographic Species Distribution Models in Reconstructing Quaternary Range-Shifts of Nearctic Chelonians. PLoS ONE 8(10): e72855. [Full text]

Smith, M.R. and P.D. Polly. 2013. A reevaluation of the Harrodsburg Crevice Fauna (Late Pleistocene of Indiana, USA) and the climatic implication of its mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: 410-420. [Full text]

Lawing, A.M., J.J. Head, and P.D. Polly. 2012. The ecology of morphology: the ecometrics of locomotion and macroenvironment in North American snakes. Pp. 117-146 in J. Louys (ed), Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation. Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg. [Full text]

Polly, P.D., J.T. Eronen, M. Fred, G.P. Dietl, V. Mosbrugger, C. Scheidegger, D.C. Frank, J. Damuth, N.C. Stenseth & M. Fortelius. 2011. History matters: ecometrics and integrative climate change biology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 1121-1130. [Full text]

Eronen, J.T., P.D. Polly, M. Fred, J. Damuth, D.C. Frank, V. Mosbrugger, C. Scheidegger, N.C. Stenseth, and M. Fortelius. 2010. Ecometrics: The traits that bind the past and present together.Integrative Zoology, 5: 88-101. [Full text]