Mr Germán Montoya-Sanhueza

(MSc. Zoology – UCT)

Palaeobiological Research Group

John Day Building, Room 5.06 (Fifth floor)

Cell: +27 60 77 81 485



I’m a biologist originally from Chile, now doing Ph.D at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. One of my interests is the processes of skeletal adaptation in mammals and its relationships with ecophysiological and environmental factors. I’m especially intrigued about how bone growth varies among different species and how different lifestyles and locomotor performances have shaped such diversity. Currently, my research focus on the biology of the appendicular skeleton of subterranean African molerats (Bathyergidae), where I integrate multiple analytical tools such as morphometry (2D and 3D) and histomorphometry to uncover differential patterns of fossorial adaptation in this highly specialized group of mammals.

Supervisor: Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan


2017 Montoya-Sanhueza, G., K. Moreno, R. Bobe, M.T. Carrano, M. García, & A. Corgne. Peltephilidae and Mesotheriidae (Mammalia) from late Miocene strata of Northern Chilean Andes, Caragua. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 75:51-65.

2017 Montoya-Sanhueza, G. & Chinsamy, A. (2017), Long bone histology of the subterranean rodent Bathyergus suillus (Bathyergidae): ontogenetic pattern of cortical bone thickening. J. Anat., 230: 203–233. doi:10.1111/joa.12547

2012 Montoya, G., Jara, A., Solis-Lufí, K., Colin, N., & Habit, E. First stages of the life cycle in native fish from the San Pedro River (Valdivia River Basin, Chile). Gayana (Concepción), 76(Supl. 1), 86-100. (In spanish)

2012 Cifuentes, R., González, J., Montoya, G., Jara, A., Ortíz, N., Piedra, P., & Habit, E. Weight-length relationships and condition factor of native fish from San Pedro River (Valdivia River basin, Chile). Gayana (Concepción), 76(Supl. 1), 86-100. (In spanish)

2007 C. Muñoz, P. Zambrano, G. Montoya & H. Moyano. Upper Cretaceous shark and ray teeth (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from Quiriquina Formation in Talcahuano, Central Chile. Boletín de la Sociedad de Biología de Concepción, 78: 7-22. (In spanish)

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