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bar James Tyler
    James C. Tyler
    Senior Scientist Emeritus

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Ph.D. 1962, Stanford University
B.S. 1957, George Washington University

Research Interests

Systematics, morphology, and phylogeny of fossil and extant tetradontiforms, zeiforms, and acanthuroid fishes; behavioral ecology of chaenopsid blennies.

Recent Publications

Bannikov, Alexandre F., Tyler, James C., Arcila, Dahiana and Carnevale, Giorgio 2017. A new family of gymnodont fish (Tetraodontiformes) from the earliest Eocene of the Peri-Tethys (Kabardino-Balkaria, northern Caucasus, Russia). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 15(2): 129-146. doi:10.1080/14772019.2016.1149115

Bemis, Katherine E., Tyler, James C., Bemis, William E., Kumar, Kishor, Rana, Rajendra Singh and Smith, Thierry 2017. A gymnodont fish jaw with remarkable molariform teeth from the early Eocene of Gujarat, India (Teleostei, Tetraodontiformes). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 37(6) doi:10.1080/02724634.2017.1369422

Arcila, Dahiana and Tyler, James C. 2017. Mass extinction in tetraodontiform fishes linked to the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1866): 20171771 doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.1771

Marramà, Giuseppe, Bannikov, Alexandre F., Tyler, James C., Zorzin, Roberto and Carnevale, Giorgio 2016. Controlled excavations in the Pesciara and Monte Postale sites provide new insights about the palaeoecology and taphonomy of the fish assemblages of the Eocene Bolca Konservat-Lagerstätte, Italy. Palaeogeography palaeoclimatology palaeoecology, 454: 228-245. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.021

Close, Roger A., Johanson, Zerina, Tyler, James C., Harrington, Richard C. and Friedman, Matt 2016. Mosaicism in a new Eocene pufferfish highlights rapid morphological innovation near the origin of crown tetraodontiforms. Palaeontology, 59(4): 499-514. doi:10.1111/pala.12245

Arcila, Dahiana, Alexander Pyron, R., Tyler, James C., Ortí, Guillermo and Betancur-R., Ricardo 2015. An evaluation of fossil tip-dating versus node-age calibrations in tetraodontiform fishes (Teleostei: Percomorphaceae). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 82(A): 131-145. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.10.011

Carnevale, Giorgio and Tyler, James C. 2015. A new pufferfish (Teleostei, Tetraodontidae) from the Middle Miocene of St. Margarethen, Austria. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 89(3): 435-447. doi:10.1007/s12542-014-0243-3

Tyler, James C., Johnson, G. David, Jawad, Laith and Brothers, Edward B. 2014. A developmentally "tail-less" adult cowfish, Lactoria cornuta, from Oman (Ostraciidae, Tetraodontiformes). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 127(2): 311-322. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-127.2.311

Carnevale, G., Bannikov, Alexandre F., Marramà, G., Tyler, James C. and Zorzin., R. 2014. The Bolca Fossil-Lagerstätte: A window into the Eocene World. 5. The Pesciara- Monte Postale Fossil-Lagerstätte: 2. Fishes and other vertebrates. Excursion guide. Rendiconti della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 4(1): i-xxvii.

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