Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Shubin, Neil H.
Location The University of Chicago
Primary Field Evolutionary Biology
Secondary Field Cellular and Developmental Biology
 Election Citation
Shubin is one of the world's leaders in paleontology and evolutionary anatomy. His discoveries stand with some of the greatest paleontological finds ever made, and his unique integrative approach linking developmental genetics, embryology and field paleontology has provided numerous seminal insights into the origin of novel structures.
 Research Interests
I have studied major transitions in the history of vertebrate life using expeditionary paleontology and neontology, namely experimental developmental biology and comparative morphology of extant species. Working in Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks worldwide, my colleagues and I have uncovered early fossil evidence for key groups of extant amphibians, mammals, as well as species that are transitional between finned fish and limbed tetrapod. Developmental approaches, using the tools of experimental embryology and developmental genetics, have revealed the antecedents of limb development in diverse skeletal organs of fish and sharks. These approaches have revealed transitional stages in the evolution of skeletal patterns and the developmental mechanisms underlying their formation.

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