I'm a palaeontologist & science graphic designer. I specialise in mammals.

I'm a PhD student at the University of Bristol, UK. I am interested in the study of the functional evolution of mammals using biomechanical techniques.

I believe science should be communicated effectively. Graphical abstracts and posters are a great of way of achieving this, and I'm here to help!


2016 - Present

Geology PhD, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

2015- 2016

Palaeobiology MSc, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

2010- 2015

Biology BSc, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico


June 2020

Expert’s Choice Award for best graphical abstract in the First BioRender Graphical Abstract Competition (Plant, Animal and Environmental Sciences)

February 2019

Regional finalist at FameLab, an international science communication competition. Oxford, UK.

December 2018

Best poster prize: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Bristol, UK.

June 2018

Best poster prize: Progressive Palaeontology 2018, Manchester, UK.

April 2018

Winner of the 7x7 Research Presentation competition, University of Bristol, UK.

August 2016

Best poster prize: 64th Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Liverpool, UK.


Morales-García, N.M., Gill, P.G., Janis, C.M. Rayfield, E.J. 2021. Jaw shape and mechanical advantage are indicative of diet in Mesozoic mammals. Communications Biology 4, (242). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-01757-3

Morales García, N.M., Säilä, L.K., Janis, C.M. 2020. The Neogene savannas of North America: a retrospective analysis on artiodactyl faunas. Frontiers in Earth Science, 8 (191): 1-24. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.00191

Morales García, N.M., Burgess, T.D., Hill, J.J., Gill, P., Rayfield, E.J. 2019. The use of extruded finite-element models as a novel alternative to tomography-based models: a case study using early mammal jaws. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 16 (161): 20190674. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0674

Bravo Cuevas, V.M., Morales Garcia, N.M., Barron Ortiz, C.R., Theodor, J., Cabral Perdomo, M.A. 2017. Canid Coprolites from the Late Pleistocene of Hidalgo, Central Mexico: Importance for the Carnivore Record of North America. Ichnos 24 (4): 239-249. doi: 10.1080/10420940.2016.1270209

Bravo Cuevas, V.M., Morales Garcia, N.M., Cabral Perdomo, M.A. 2015. Descriptions of mastodons (Mammut americanum) from the Late Pleistocene of southeastern Hidalgo, Central Mexico. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana, 67 (2): 337-347

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