A fossil of a Triceratops

Viktor Josef Radermacher

Research Q & A

What’s your hometown?

I’m from George, Western Cape, in sunny South Africa!

How did you get started/what drew you to your area of study?

I just fell in love with forests, oceans, and animals from an early age. And then later learning that all of these things have long, ancient stories totally intrigued me. I wanted to know the ‘origin story’ of life, so studying palaeontology was a natural progression of that curiosity.

What are you currently working on (as supported by the award)?

I am studying herbivorous dinosaurs like Triceratops and Parasaurolophus. These dinosaurs have incredibly weird teeth, and I am trying to tease out the macroevolutionary trends and mechanisms that produced these dental systems.

What will your next steps/research be?

Next I will be digitising the jaws of herbivorous dinosaurs and doing some virtual “palaeo-orthodontics” by retro-fitting missing teeth before moving onto the next step which’ll be quantifying how they wore their teeth down.

What would be the 5 song soundtrack to your research work/What 5 songs do you listen to most while you work?

  • Desperate pleasures by Every Time I Die
  • Sometimes by Pearl Jam
  • Sanctuary by Joji
  • Sugar by Made out of Babies
  • Wish by Nine Inch Nails



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