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Evolutionary Origins, Palaeoecology and Systematics of Placodont Marine Reptiles from the Triassic of Europe and China


Neenan, James M. Evolutionary Origins, Palaeoecology and Systematics of Placodont Marine Reptiles from the Triassic of Europe and China. 2014, University of Zurich, Faculty of Science.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am extremely grateful to my supervisor, Dr. Torsten Scheyer, whose constant support and patience over the years have helped me beyond words. I have learnt a great deal from him: scientific methods, diplomacy, self-confidence and the ability to appreciate fine music and beers. I am incredibly grateful to him for choosing me for this project and consider him a friend as well as a mentor. I am also extremely grateful to Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez for his constant good advice, useful discussions and constructive criticism. I feel truly privileged to have been a member of his working group, and have become a better scientist because of it. Prof. Dr. Hugo Bucher is also thanked for being a supportive, helpful director with a good sense of humour. I would also like to thank all the colleagues from outside the PIMUZ with whom I have had the honour of collaborating: Olivier Rieppel (Field Museum, Chicago), Li Chun (IVPP, Beijing), Da-Yong Jiang (GMPKU, Beijing), Nicole Klein (SIPG, Bonn), Hans Hagdorn (MHI, Ingelfingen), Andrea Tintori (Milan, Italy), Silvio Renesto (Varese, Italy), Franco Saller (Bozen, Italy), Federico Bernardini, Claudio Tuniz (both ICTP; Trieste), and Giuseppe Muscio (MFSN, Udine). Access to specimens was vital for the success of this project, so my deepest thanks go to Heinz Furrer (PIMUZ, Zurich), Joachim Rabold and Stefan Eggmaier (UMO, Bayreuth), Markus Moser and Oli Rauhut (BSPG, Munich), Rainer Schoch (SMNS, Stuttgart), Li Chun (IVPP, Beijing), and Da-Yong Jiang (GMPKU, Beijing), for allowing me to examine specimens and take many of them to be CT scanned. I am also very grateful to Walter Leis (Hochschule Aalen), Hou Yemao (IVPP, Beijing), Nicole Klein (SIPG, Bonn) and Federico Bernardini (ICTP, Trieste), who all assisted in the CT scanning of ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 6 specimens. Indeed, processing and segmenting the vast amounts of CT data would have been impossible without the help of Lisa Rager (SMNS, Stuttgart) and Constanze Bickelmann (MHUB, Berlin). My deepest thanks also go to those who were always willing to discuss my project and help me with various issues: Robin O’Keefe (Marshall), Nick Fraser, Steve Brusatte (both in Edinburgh), Mike Benton, Tom Stubbs, Aude Caromel (all Bristol), Darren Naish (Southampton), Neil Kelley and Ryosuke Motani (both UC Davis). My sincerest thanks also go to my officemates and very good friends, Christian Kolb and Juan Carillo who have both supported me through the tougher periods of my PhD and have always been available for discussion and advice. I would also like to thank all my other friends at the PIMUZ, who have all made my time here both enjoyable and rewarding: Åsa Frisk, Fiona Straehl, Pat Putzi-Meier, Carlo Romano, David Ware, Morgane Brosse, Marc Leu, Lorena Tessitore, Borhan Bagherpour, Conni Bickelmann, Jorge Carillo, Linda Frey, Maddy Geiger, Markus Hebeisen, Dick Hofmann, Jasi Hugi, Romain Jattiot, Christian Klug, Dai Koyabu, Erin Maxwell, Carole ‘Bronzie’ Naglik, Lisa Rager, Anna Sanson, Beat Scheffold, Madlen Stange, Mirjam Fehlmann, Viv Jaquier, Alex Wegmann, Ingmar Werneburg and Laura Wilson. This thesis would not have been possible without the heroic efforts of Heike Götzmann, who has the ability to solve any problem without breaking a sweat, and Heini Walter, who can fix any IT-related issue. Nor could have I survived my time here without the love and support of Artemis Treindl and Christa Finkenwirth, who have both been incredible friends to me. Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank my family, Jane, Mike and Jordan for being incredibly supportive, patient and loving over my many years of education.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I am extremely grateful to my supervisor, Dr. Torsten Scheyer, whose constant support and patience over the years have helped me beyond words. I have learnt a great deal from him: scientific methods, diplomacy, self-confidence and the ability to appreciate fine music and beers. I am incredibly grateful to him for choosing me for this project and consider him a friend as well as a mentor. I am also extremely grateful to Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez for his constant good advice, useful discussions and constructive criticism. I feel truly privileged to have been a member of his working group, and have become a better scientist because of it. Prof. Dr. Hugo Bucher is also thanked for being a supportive, helpful director with a good sense of humour. I would also like to thank all the colleagues from outside the PIMUZ with whom I have had the honour of collaborating: Olivier Rieppel (Field Museum, Chicago), Li Chun (IVPP, Beijing), Da-Yong Jiang (GMPKU, Beijing), Nicole Klein (SIPG, Bonn), Hans Hagdorn (MHI, Ingelfingen), Andrea Tintori (Milan, Italy), Silvio Renesto (Varese, Italy), Franco Saller (Bozen, Italy), Federico Bernardini, Claudio Tuniz (both ICTP; Trieste), and Giuseppe Muscio (MFSN, Udine). Access to specimens was vital for the success of this project, so my deepest thanks go to Heinz Furrer (PIMUZ, Zurich), Joachim Rabold and Stefan Eggmaier (UMO, Bayreuth), Markus Moser and Oli Rauhut (BSPG, Munich), Rainer Schoch (SMNS, Stuttgart), Li Chun (IVPP, Beijing), and Da-Yong Jiang (GMPKU, Beijing), for allowing me to examine specimens and take many of them to be CT scanned. I am also very grateful to Walter Leis (Hochschule Aalen), Hou Yemao (IVPP, Beijing), Nicole Klein (SIPG, Bonn) and Federico Bernardini (ICTP, Trieste), who all assisted in the CT scanning of ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 6 specimens. Indeed, processing and segmenting the vast amounts of CT data would have been impossible without the help of Lisa Rager (SMNS, Stuttgart) and Constanze Bickelmann (MHUB, Berlin). My deepest thanks also go to those who were always willing to discuss my project and help me with various issues: Robin O’Keefe (Marshall), Nick Fraser, Steve Brusatte (both in Edinburgh), Mike Benton, Tom Stubbs, Aude Caromel (all Bristol), Darren Naish (Southampton), Neil Kelley and Ryosuke Motani (both UC Davis). My sincerest thanks also go to my officemates and very good friends, Christian Kolb and Juan Carillo who have both supported me through the tougher periods of my PhD and have always been available for discussion and advice. I would also like to thank all my other friends at the PIMUZ, who have all made my time here both enjoyable and rewarding: Åsa Frisk, Fiona Straehl, Pat Putzi-Meier, Carlo Romano, David Ware, Morgane Brosse, Marc Leu, Lorena Tessitore, Borhan Bagherpour, Conni Bickelmann, Jorge Carillo, Linda Frey, Maddy Geiger, Markus Hebeisen, Dick Hofmann, Jasi Hugi, Romain Jattiot, Christian Klug, Dai Koyabu, Erin Maxwell, Carole ‘Bronzie’ Naglik, Lisa Rager, Anna Sanson, Beat Scheffold, Madlen Stange, Mirjam Fehlmann, Viv Jaquier, Alex Wegmann, Ingmar Werneburg and Laura Wilson. This thesis would not have been possible without the heroic efforts of Heike Götzmann, who has the ability to solve any problem without breaking a sweat, and Heini Walter, who can fix any IT-related issue. Nor could have I survived my time here without the love and support of Artemis Treindl and Christa Finkenwirth, who have both been incredible friends to me. Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank my family, Jane, Mike and Jordan for being incredibly supportive, patient and loving over my many years of education.

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Item Type:Dissertation
Referees:Scheyer Torsten, Sánchez Marcelo, Bucher Hugo, Fraser Nick
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Paleontological Institute and Museum
Dewey Decimal Classification:560 Fossils & prehistoric life
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:10 Feb 2015 13:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:05
Number of Pages:204

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