laura wilson
Dr Laura Wilson
Research Associate
Field of Research: 
Evolutionary morphology, evo-devo, palaeontology, biomechanics
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3866

Room 558
Biological Sciences North (D26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects

Research Interests

* Evolutionary morphology and palaeobiology of vertebrates

* Macroevolutionary patterns of growth and development in mammals

* Ontogenetic morphology of the mammalian cranium

* Uniting palaeontology and evo-devo to inform our understanding of the evolution of development in deep time

Current Projects

Discovery Early Career Research Award DE150100862, The evolution of mammalian developmental patterns in deep time

See also:


            Academia profile



Wilson LAB, Colombo M, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Salzburger W. 2015. Evolution of opercle bone shape in cichlid fishes from Lake Tanganyika - uncovering adaptive trait interactions in extant and extinct species flocks. Scientific Reports 5:16909

López-Aguirre C, Pérez-Torres J, Wilson LAB. 2015. Cranial and mandibular shape variation in the genus Carollia (Mammalia:Chiroptera) from Colombia: biogeographic patterns and morphological modularity. PeerJ 3:e1197

Wilson LAB, Geiger M. 2015. Diversity and evolution of femoral variation in Ctenohystrica. In: Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogenetics, Functional Morphology and Development. Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules, New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology (Eds: Hautier L, Cox PG). Cambridge University Press

Wilson LAB, Humphrey LT. 2015. A virtual geometric morphometric approach to the quantification of long bone bilateral asymmetry and cross-sectional shape. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158(4): 541-556 

Wilson LAB, Ives R, Cardoso HFV, Humphrey LT. 2015. Shape, size and maturity trajectories of the human ilium. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156(1): 19-34 

Werneburg I, Wilson LAB, Parr WCH, Joyce WG. 2015. Evolution of neck vertebral shape and neck retraction at the transition to modern turtles: a geometric morphometric approach. Systematic Biology 64(2): 187-204

Wilson LAB, Werneburg I. 2014. Quantifying evolutionary development using non-model organisms: integrating morphology, metrical frameworks and gene expression. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B 322(8): 555-557 

Wilson LAB. 2014. Cranial suture closure patterns in Sciuridae: heterochrony and modularity. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21(2): 257-268

Attard MRG, Parr WCH, Wilson LAB, Archer M, Hand S, Rogers TL, Wroe, S. 2014. Virtual reconstruction, biomechanical modeling and prey size preference of the Australian mid Cenozoic thylacinid, Nimbacinus dicksoni (Thylacinidae, Marsupialia). PLOS ONE 9(4): e93088

Maxwell EE, Wilson LAB. 2013. Regionalization of the axial skeleton in the 'ambush predator' guild - are there developmental rules underlying body shape evolution in ray-finned fishes? BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 265 (open access) *highly accessed

Wilson LAB, Colombo M, Hanel R, Salzburger W, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. The evolution of opercular bone shape in Antarctic icefishes - a study of morphological disparity in an adaptive radiation. Ecology and Evolution 3(9): 3166-3182 (open access)

Wilson LAB, Colombo M, Hanel R, Salzburger W, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. The evolution of opercular bone shape in Antarctic icefishes - a study of morphological disparity in an adaptive radiation. (in press)

Wilson LAB. 2013. Allometric disparity in rodent evolution. Ecology and Evolution 3(4): 971-984 pdf (open access)

Wilson LAB. 2013. Geographic variation in skull shape of the greater Japanese shrew-mole (Urotrichus talpoides): combining morphological and chromosomal variation patterns. Mammalian Biology 78: 267-275 pdf

Geiger M, Wilson LAB, Costeur L, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2012. Diversity and growth in giant caviomorphs from the northern neotropics – a study of femoral variation in Phoberomys (Rodentia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (in press)

Wilson LAB, Furrer H, Stockar R, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. A quantitative evaluation of evolutionary patterns in opercule bone shape in Saurichthys(Actinopterygii: Saurichthyidae). Palaeontology 56(4): 901-915 pdf

Urdy S, Wilson LAB, Haug J, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2012. On the unique perspective on palaeontology in the study of developmental evolution and biases. Biological Theory (online early) pdf

Wilson LAB, Madden RH, Kay RF, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2012. Testing a developmental model in the fossil record: molar proportions in South American ungulates. Paleobiology 38(2): 308-321 pdf

Wilson LAB. 2011. The contributions of developmental palaeontology to evolutionary theory. Acta Zoologica 94(3): 254-260 pdf

Wilson LAB. 2011. Comparison of prenatal and postnatal ontogeny: cranial allometry in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio. Journal of Mammalogy 92(2): 407-420 pdf

Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2011. The evolution and phylogenetic signal of growth trajectories: the case of chelid turtles. Journal of Experimental Zoology B (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 316: 50-60 pdf

Wilson LAB, Cardoso HFV, Humphrey LT. 2011. On the reliability of a geometric morphometric approach to sex determination: a blind test of six criteria for the juvenile ilium. Forensic Science International 206: 35-42 pdf

Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2010. Diversity trends and their ontogenetic basis: an exploration of allometric disparity in rodents. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 227: 1227-1234 pdf

Wilson LAB, Schradin C, Mitgutsch C, Galliari FC, Mess A, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2010. Skeletogenesis in the African Striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) and a study of sequence heterochrony in rodent evolution Organisms Development and Evolution 10: 243-258 pdf

Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2009. Heterochrony and patterns of cranial suture closure in hystricognath rodents. Journal of Anatomy 214: 339–354pdf

Wilson LA, MacLeod N, Humphrey LT. 2008. Morphometric criteria for sexing juvenile human skeletons using the ilium. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53(2): 269–278 pdf