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Edaphosaurus boanerges, a pelycosaur, from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Pelycosaurs are ancient forerunners of mammals, but, despite their bizarre sails, it is likely their backbones were relatively uniform in function, more similar to living lizards or salamanders than to mammals.

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Jones et al. Regionalization of the axial skeleton predates functional adaptation in the forerunners of mammals. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 4, 470-478 (2020).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.