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. https://doi.org/10.1080/03115518.2021.1983651.
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. https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2020.98.
Hart, L.J. (2020) Taxonomic clarifications concerning the crocodyliform genus Isisfordia. PeerJ. 8:e8630 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.8630.
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. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7166.
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.11.020.