|Dr. Hans LARSSON|
Hans Larsson received a PhD in Organismal Biology and Anatomy from the University of Chicago where he studied, with Olivier Rieppel and Paul Sereno, the association between evolution and development of skeleton morphologies along a 250 million year long lineage of fossils that include modern crocodiles. He was awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to work at the University of Toronto with Richard Liversage and at Yale University with Günter Wagner. This work examined the early skeletogenic mesenchymal condensations of bird wings to finally solve a 150 year old question from which of the ancestral five fingers the three bony fingers of birds develop, developing a novel approach to examine the early patterning of skeletal anlage with which to address macroevolutionary questions. Dr Larsson joined the Redpath Museum of McGill as Assistant Professor in January 2003, is a Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate Palaeontology, and an adjunct member of the Department of Biology.
Research in the Larsson laboratory
Selected Publications (click here to view Publications 2002-present)
Larsson, H.C.E. and G. P. Wagner. 2002. The pentadactyl ground state of the avian wing. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 294:146-151.
Wagner, G. P., and H.C.E. Larsson. Fins/Limbs in the Study of Evolutionary Novelties; 28pp. in B.K. Hall (ed.), The Vertebrate Appendicular Skeleton, University of Chicago Press.
Larsson, H.C.E. MODES of Developmental Evolution: origin and definition of the autopodium; 57pp. in J. Anderson and H.-D. Sues (eds.), Major Transitions in Vertebrate Evolution. Indiana University Press.