Oleksandr Kovalchuk. Department of Palaeontology, National Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi 15, Kyiv 01054 Ukraine. and Department of Palaeozoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Sienkiewicza 21, Wrocław 50-335, Poland. Corresponding author
Oleksandr Kovalchuk is a Leading Researcher at the Department of Palaeontology, National Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as well as Assistant Professor at the Department of Palaeozoology in the University of Wrocław (Poland). Oleksandr Kovalchuk graduated from the A.S. Makarenko Sumy State Pedagogical University (Ukraine) in 2012. He received his PhD in 2015 and DSc degree in 2020 at the I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research interests are related to morphology, historical faunistics, palaeogeography and palaeoecology of Cenozoic and Mesozoic vertebrates of Europe, in particular freshwater and marine fishes.
Jürgen Kriwet. Department of Palaeontology, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, University of Vienna, Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2, Vienna 1190, Austria. and Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE), University of Vienna, Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2, Vienna 1190, Austria
Jürgen Kriwet is a professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his BSc and MSc in Geology and Palaeontology from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and his PhD in Biology from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He was Marie-Curie Fellow at Bristol University, UK, postdoctoral fellow at the Ludwig Maximillian’s University of Munich, Germany as well as palaeontological curator at the Natural History Museum of Berlin, Germany and at the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Germany, before taking on the chair of Palaeobiology at the University of Vienna. His research is at the interface between vertebrate palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates with special focus on the evolutionary history of elasmobranch fishes.
Kenshu Shimada. Department of Environmental Science and Studies and Department of Biological Sciences, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA. and Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, USA
Kenshu Shimada is a professor of Environmental Science & Studies and Biology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and a research associate of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a vertebrate paleontologist, who is interested in Mesozoic and Cenozoic marine fishes, particularly sharks, and the evolution of the marine ecosystem.
Tamara Ryabokon. Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, O. Honchara 55b, Kyiv 01054, Ukraine.
Tamara Ryabokon is a Head of the Department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Cenozoic sediments of the Institute of Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research interests relate to stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, palaeogeography of the Paleogene of Ukraine; creating, modernization and actualization of stratigraphic scheme of the Paleogene deposits of Ukraine. She is also studied Paleogene plankton and benthic foraminifera of southern and northern Ukraine. She interested in database on stratigraphic units of the Paleogene of Ukraine, questions of stratigraphic classification and nomenclature.
Zoltán Barkaszi. Department of Palaeontology, National Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi 15, Kyiv 01054 Ukraine.
Zoltán Barkaszi is a researcher at the Department of Palaeontology of the National Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He graduated from the Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine) and majored in zoology (2015). He was awarded a Ph.D. (2021) in zoology by the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine. In the focus of his thesis were muroid rodents of the Ukrainian Carpathians, particularly their cranial and dental morphology, patterns of distribution, habitat preferences, and species diversity. His current research interests include the systematics, morphology, paleobiology, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, and phylogeny of various groups of terrestrial and marine vertebrates, mainly mammals and chondrichthyans.
Anastasiia Dubikovska. Department of Biology and Biology Teaching Methodology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Geography, A.S. Makarenko Sumy State Pedagogical University, Romenska 87, Sumy 40002, Ukraine.
Anastasiia Dubikovska is a bachelor in Biology and now she is a first-year student of master’s degree. During gaining a bachelor’s degree she studied insects (mostly caddisflies) of Mykhailivska Tsilyna Natural Reserve. Anastasiia also started the study of the fauna of Trichoptera of Getmansky National Nature Park, but now she focused on the study of Paleogene fishes. Anastasiia is interested in different fields of biological research, especially those accompanied with expeditions and trips (e.g. zoology, entomology, ecology, paleontology). On her free time, she likes to make and listen to music, drawing traditional and digital arts and watching the gameplays on YouTube.
Galina Anfimova. Department of Geology, National Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi 15, Kyiv 01054 Ukraine.
Galina Anfimova is a Researcher at the Department of Geology, National Museum of Natural History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She graduated from the Faculty of Geography of V. I. Vernadsky Tavrida National University (Simferopol) in 2000. She received her PhD in 2017. Her current research interest is focused on palaeontological collection of the Department of Geology (history, account, analysis, cataloguing), geoheritage preservation, geotourism, lithology and stratigraphy of the Mountainous Crimea.
Svitozar Davydenko. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi 15, 01054, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Svitozar Davydenko is a Junior Researcher at the Department of Evolutionary Morphology, I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He graduated from the Educational and Scientific Center “Institute of Biology and Medicine” of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2017. He received his PhD in 2022, his thesis is dedicated to morphological adaptations in archaeocete whales in the transition from semi-aquatic to fully aquatic lifestyle. His current research interests are focused on the study of adaptations of secondary aquatic tetrapods to aquatic lifestyle, skeleton research using comparative morphology, palaeohistology, morphometrics, and processing of museum collections.