authorDaniel A. Morón-Alfonso. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas, Área de Paleontología, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. 2, C1428EGA, Buenos Aires, Argentina. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

My name is Daniel Andrés Morón-Alfonso, and I am a Colombian paleontologist. At the age of 13 years old I found my first fossil, and since then, I have an insatiable curiosity for the fossil record, especially the strangest groups. When I finished high school, due to the lack of paleontology programs in my country, I decided to travel to Argentina in order to do a Licenciatura en Paleontología (MA in paleontology) in the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (Universidad de Buenos Aires). During my college years, I became more interested in invertebrate fossils, especially ammonoids due to their incredible range of applications. Furthermore, I also got some interest in new techniques applied in paleontology such as morphometry, CT scanning, and 3D modeling. Subsequently, in October 2018, I successfully defended my thesis about Antarctic ammonoids employing these methods, and now I am trying to publish my findings. Subjects that interest me the most are: macroevolutionary patterns, functional morphology, modularity, paleobiogeography, early life, and paleobiology. I also enjoy recreating ancient organism through 2D and 3D modeling, and I have participated in many events related to science popularization and paleoart exhibitions. I further want to do a Ph.D. on ammonoids or another group of invertebrate fossils, and I hope to come back to Colombia someday to study the fantastic diversity of fossil taxa in my country.