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author1Samuel L.A. Cooper. Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Rosenstein 1-3, 70191, Stuttgart, Germany. (Corresponding author) and Fachgebiet Paläontologie, Institute für Biologie, Universität Hohenheim, 70599, Stuttgart, Germany.

Samuel L. A. Cooper is a British palaeontologist currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. He received a BSc Palaeontology (2019) and MRes Science (2020) from the University of Portsmouth, and recently completed a PhD on pachycormid fishes at Universität Hohenheim (2024). His research is focused on the evolution, diversity, and palaeoecology of Mesozoic bony fishes (Actinopterygii) with a speciality on stem-teleosts and the vertebrate faunas of the Posidonienschiefer Formation (Early Jurassic, Germany). His other research interests include vertebrate taphonomy, coelacanths, and fossilized vomit.



author2Adriana López-Arbarello. Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Paleontology and Geobiology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany; and GeoBio-Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, 80333 München, Germany

Adriana López-Arbarello is research scientist at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She is dedicated to the study of Mesozoic fishes with focus on early neopterygians. Adriana López-Arbarello received a PhD in 2000 from the University of Buenos Aires and worked as a postdoc in Argentina at the University of Buenos Aires, Museo paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Patagonia, and in Germany at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie in Munich.



author3Erin E. Maxwell. Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Rosenstein 1-3, 70191, Stuttgart, Germany. 

Erin E. Maxwell received a BSc from University of Alberta (2003), PhD from McGill University (2008), and since 2014 has worked as the curator of fossil aquatic vertebrates at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart. Her research explores the diversity and evolution of Mesozoic marine vertebrates.