Welcome to the Coates Lab!

We sit at the crossroads of evolutionary developmental biology, paleobiology, and anatomy. Our research interests are wide-ranging, and broadly fall under the evolution and diversity of early vertebrates, as well as adding paleontological and comparative anatomy perspectives to evo-devo. We are also very interested in the use of new imaging and visualization technologies in our work, such as CT scanning and 3D printing.

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Blurry Vish emerges from alternate dimension

Blurry Vish emerges from alternate dimension

Lab members from the Coates Lab were startled by the blurry appearance of Vish as he emerged from an alternate dimension. Unaware that he shimmered in and out of view, his self from this dimension soon joined the Zoom chat. Lab members could not decide who to address...

Ben venerates about Whatcheeria at Collections Club, finds converts

Ben venerates about Whatcheeria at Collections Club, finds converts

Ben Otoo delivered a sermon canonizing his beloved Whatcheeria at the Collections Club meeting on April 25. This club is comprised of volunteers at the Field Museum who work in the collections. Ben extolled the beauty of Whatcheeria, revered the sheer quantity of...

Coates Lab begins Virtual Elevenses

Coates Lab begins Virtual Elevenses

Armed with a mug of coffee/tea each, the Coates Lab began its Tuesday Virtual Elevenses during shelter-in-place. Here, Ben is deep into retelling Chapter 3 of 48 of his fieldwork trip to Brazil while Mike futilely attempts to extract information about the actual...

Recent Publications

 

The early elasmobranch Phoebodus: phylogenetic relationships, ecomorphology and a new time-scale for shark evolution.

Frey L, Coates M, Ginter M, Hairapetian V, Rücklin M, Jerjen I, Klug C. The early elasmobranch Phoebodus: phylogenetic relationships, ecomorphology and a new time-scale for shark evolution. Proc Biol Sci. 2019 Oct 09; 286(1912):20191336. PMID: 31575362

High-performance suction feeding in an early elasmobranch.

Coates MI, Tietjen K, Olsen AM, Finarelli JA. High-performance suction feeding in an early elasmobranch. Sci Adv. 2019 09; 5(9):eaax2742. PMID: 31535026

Hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological-molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny.

Miyashita T, Coates MI, Farrar R, Larson P, Manning PL, Wogelius RA, Edwards NP, Anné J, Bergmann U, Palmer AR, Currie PJ. Hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological-molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 02 05; 116(6):2146-215. PMID: 30670644