Tetsuto Miyashita


Tetsuto is interested in a variety of topics concerning both palaeontology and neontology, especially in areas where these two paths cross. Developmental biology, comparative anatomy, and fossil evidence provide interdisciplinary techniques to analyze broad evolutionary questions, which required collaboration with a number of labs and institutions. In the Currie Lab, much of his research focused on dinosaurs. Nonetheless, it retained wide taxonomic and geographic scopes, including studies on ankylosaurids, ceratopsians, and tyrannosaurids in Alberta to compsognathids, microraptorines, and sauropods in Asia. Tetsuto’s fieldwork has taken him across the country to Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Quebec, and around the world to South Africa and Tunisia.

Tetsuto was born in Japan and moved to Drumheller, Alberta at age 16 to follow his passion for dinosaur palaeontology. He worked as a research assistant at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and University of Alberta, earning a BSc in Paleontology in 2009 from the latter. While at the University of Alberta, he completed a MSc and PhD with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2012 and 2018, respectively, and then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Tetsuto continued postdoctoral research beginning 2018 in the Coates Lab at the University of Chicago, and then in 2020 became a Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and Adjunct Professor at both Carleton University and University of Ottawa.



Miyashita, T., Coates, M.I., Farrar, R., Larson, P.L., Manning, P.L., Wogelius, R.A., Edwards, N.P., Anné, J., Bergmann, U., Palmer, A.R., and Currie, P.J. 2019. A hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological-molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(6): 2146–2151. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1814794116

Xing, L.D., Miyashita, T., Wang, D., Niu, K., and Currie, P.J. 2019. A new compsognathid theropod dinosaur from the oldest assemblage of the Jehol Biota in the Lower Cretaceous Huajiying Formation, northeastern China. Cretaceous Research 107: 104285. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2019.104285

Xing, L.D., McKellar, R.C., Xu, X., Li, G., Bai, M., Persons, W.S., Miyashita, T., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wolfe, A.P., Yi, Q.-R., Tseng, K.-W., Ran, H., and Currie, P.J. 2016. A feathered dinosaur tail with primitive plumage trapped in mid-Cretaceous amber and its implications for the evolution of feathers. Current Biology 26(24): 3352–3360. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.008

Xing, L.D., Miyashita, T., Currie, P.J., You, H.-L., and Dong, Z.-M. 2015. A new basal eusauropod from the Middle Jurassic of Yunnan, China, and faunal compositions and transitions of Asian sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60(1): 145–154. DOI: 10.4202/app.2012.0151

Xing, L.D., Miyashita, T., Zhang, J.-P., Li, D.-Q., Ye, Y., Sekiya, T., Wang, F.-P, and Currie, P.J. 2015. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China and the diversity, distribution, and relationships of mamenchisaurids. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35(1): e889701. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.889701

Xing, L.D., Persons, W.S., Bell, P.R., Xu, X., Zhang, J.-P., Miyashita, T., Wang, F.-P., and Currie, P.J. 2013. Piscivory in the feathered dinosaur MicroraptorEvolution 67(8): 2441–2445. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12119

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Ji, S., Ji, Q., Miyashita, T., Persons, W.S., Burns, M.E., and Currie, P.J. 2012. Abdominal contents from two large Early Cretaceous compsognathids (Dinosauria: Theropoda) demonstrate feeding on confuciusornithids and dromaeosaurids. PLOS ONE 7(8): e44012. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044012

Miyashita, T., Arbour, V.M., Witmer, L.M., and Currie, P.J. 2011. The internal cranial morphology of an armoured dinosaur Euoplocephalus corroborated by X-ray computed tomographic reconstruction. Journal of Anatomy 219(6): 661–675. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01427.x

Miyashita, T., Currie, P.J., and Chinnery-Allgeier, B.J. 2010. The first basal neoceratopsian from the Oldman Formation (Belly River Group), southern Alberta. In Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B.J., and Eberth, D.A. (eds.), New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs (pp. 83–90). Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Miyashita, T., Tanke, D.H., and Currie, P.J. 2010. Variation in premaxillary tooth count and a developmental abnormality in a tyrannosaurid dinosaur. Acta Palaeontographica Polonica 55: 627–634. DOI: 10.4202/app.2009.0067