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Dr Neal Anthwal uses comparative developmental biology to understand the cellular and molecular changes underpinning anatomical change in mammalian evolution. In particular he is interested in the evolution and specialisation of the mammalian jaw and middle ear joints.  He believes the use of non-traditional model organisms offers a remarkable toolset for understanding evolution and development (evo-devo). As such he studies mammals such as opossums and bats, as well as transgenic mice.