NURIA MELISA MORALES GARCIA

MSc Palaeobiology student



Academic Background

I am from Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. I have a BSc in Biology from the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico), which I completed with honours. My undergraduate thesis was mainly related to the taxonomic characterisation of several specimens of mastodons (Mammut americanum) from the Late Cenozoic of central Mexico. This was achieved by an extensive and thorough description of cranial and postcranial elements, and by the comparison of the skeletal elements with those of gomphotheres and mammoths. Additionally, several palaeoecological aspects of the individuals, such as body size, diet, and habitat, were determined by means of morphometric and isotopic analyses. I have also worked with mammalian coprolites from the Late Pleistocene of central Mexico. I am currently studying for my MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol, where I hope to learn new methods of palaeontological interest and gain research experience.

Research experience

Publications

  1. Published paper: Bravo Cuevas, V.M., Morales Garcia, N.M., Cabral Perdomo, M.A., 2015, Descriptions of mastodons (Mammut americanum) from the Late Pleistocene of southeastern Hidalgo, Central Mexico: Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana, 67(2): 337-347. PDF document

Palaeontology Meetings

  1. Poster: Morales Garcia, N.M., Bravo Cuevas, V.M., 2013, Variation of the occlusal area in the third molars of Rhynchotherium and Cuvieronius. VIII Latin-American Meeting of Paleontology & XIII National Meeting of Paleontology.
  2. Oral Presentation: Morales Garcia, N.M., Bravo Cuevas, V.M., 2014, Description of a specimen of Mammut americanum (Proboscidea, Mammutidae) from the Pliocene-Pleistocene of Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo, Mexico. II Symposium of Paleontology in Southeastern Mexico.

Personal Interests

  1. Paleoart: There are incredible artists that make an astonishing job of bringing fossils back to life. You can check out some of these people below!

    Palaeoart websites

    Artist Description Link to webpage (click image)
    Julius T. Csotonyi Lifelike restorations of ancient ecosystems link
    Dmitry Bogdanov Coloured pencil drawings, mostly synapsids link
    Emily Willoughby Maniraptors link link

  2. Science outreach
    1. I'm a newly designated STEM ambassador and as one I hope I can encourage young people to be interested in scientific topics, such as palaeontology!

    Quick links (there are some really cool websites of palaentological interest here!):

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    Contact Information: nm15309@my.bristol.ac.uk. Department of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1QE