Lachlan Hart
Postgraduate Research Student

Lachlan Hart

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Palaeobiology of Temnospondyls from Australia.

My thesis aims to increase our knowledge of taxonomic diversity and palaeobiology of Australian temnospondyl amphibians, from the Mesozoic era. I will do this by describing new specimens from fossil material and analysing digital scans of internal skull structures. I also will be investigating methods of body mass estimation and apply them to temnospondyls, which has wide-bearing implications for their palaeobiology. Additionally, I will be conducting elemental mapping analysis on temnospondyl teeth in search of elemental signatures which may unveil how ancient amphibians reacted to environmental change.


Supervisor: Matthew McCurry



Hart, L.J., McCurry, M.R., Frese, M., Peachey, T.J. & Brocks, J. (2021). The first tetrapod remains from the Upper Jurassic Talbragar Fossil Fish Bed. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

Hart, L.J., Bell, P. R., Smith, E. T., Mitchell, D. R., Brougham, T., & Salisbury, S. W. (2021). A probable skeleton of Isisfordia (Crocodyliformes) and additional crocodyliform remains from the Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian, New South Wales, Australia). Journal of Paleontology, 95(2), 351-366.

Hart, L.J. (2020) Taxonomic clarifications concerning the crocodyliform genus Isisfordia. PeerJ. 8:e8630

Hart, L.J., Bell, P. R., Smith, E.T., Salisbury, S. W. (2019) Isisfordia molnari sp. nov., a new basal eusuchian from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, Australia. PeerJ. 7: e7166.

Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Hart, L.J., Milan, L.A., Craven, S.J., Brougham, T., Smith, E. (2019) Revised geology, age, and vertebrate diversity of the dinosaur-bearing Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 514, (2019), 655-671.