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author1Jesús Alberto Díaz-Cruz. Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas, Unidad de Posgrado, Edificio A, 1° Piso, Circuito de Posgrados, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, 04510, México.

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I got my bachelor’s in biology at Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas (UNICACH) and the Master´s degree in Evolutionary Biology at Universidade Estadual do Centro Oeste do Paraná (UNICENTRO); Brazil. Currently, I am working on a project under the advice of Jesus Alvarado-Ortega in the Instituto de Geología UNAM. My research mainly focuses on the diversity, phylogeny, and biogeography of the Mexican Aulopiformes fossils fishes.



author2Jesús Alvarado-Ortega. Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito de la Investigación S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, Delegación Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, 04510 México.

In 1998, I got the Bachelors degree (Biology) in the Sciences Faculty at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In 2005, I got my Doctoral degree in the Geological Institute (IGM), UNAM. During 2005-2007, I had a Posdoctoral position in the Biological Institute at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Always I worked on Mexican fossil fishes under my advisor and friend Dr. Shelton P. Applegate. Since 2007, I´m in charge of the Tlayúa project as full-time Researcher at IGM, UNAM. The main interest of my work is focused on the taxonomical characterization of Mexican fossil fishes and the understood of phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns and process outlined on these fossils.



author3Sam Giles. Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3AN, UK. Current Address: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT, UK.

Sam Giles is currently a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She researches the origins and evolutionary success of different vertebrate groups, using x-ray imaging to unlock the external and internal anatomy of living and fossil fishes.