Moya Meredith Smith

Moya Meredith Smith

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Promote understanding of the bio-diversity of all extant and fossil skeletal tissues, including and specializing in those of the dentition: through a research career spanning two separate fields of study; developmental biology and palaeontology. 

The focus is on the evolution of dentitions and their pattern of change within phylogenies to suggest a developmental, genetic model for patterning the dentition, especially, diversity of dental morphologies in fish and how developmental modification of inherited pattern can produce novel dentitions. 

In the early evolution of teeth, it was proposed to change the classic ideas and suggest that pharyngeal denticles are the source of patterning for teeth on the jaws and these rather than skin teeth are co-opted for the evolution of active predation.  

Currently, undertaking research into the evolution of repair of wounds in dermal bone, using early vertebrate fossils 300 mya, where invasive dentine acts as repair tissue, with implications for stem cells to make dentine. 

Research interests (short)

Promote understanding of the bio-diversity of all extant and fossil skeletal tissues, including and specialising in those of the dentition: through a unique research career spanning two separate fields of study; developmental biology and palaeontology.

 

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