Justyna Miszkiewicz

Justyna Miszkiewicz

I specialise in hard tissue histology, which I use to better understand mammalian growth and function.


bone histology, tooth histology, bone remodelling, biomechanics, palaeohistology, paleontology, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology

Dr. Justyna Miszkiewicz

Correspondent Researcher
Vertebrate Evolution, development and ecology


Mailto: firstname.lastname@naturalis.nl


Skeletal histology of living and fossil mammals.

Compact bone in mammals is very physiologically active. It undergoes regular resorption and formation. This process, called remodelling, is sensitive to environmental and biological factors. I study this process using histology to better understand how different mammals grow and adapt to their environments and lifestyles. I work both with living and fossil mammals to elucidate their bone biology and reconstruct palaeobiology. My main research program at Naturalis is with Alexandra van der Geer, focussing on palaeohistology of insular mammals. 

Compact bone under a microscope. This image is from a rib in a fossil deer.
Compact bone under a microscope. This image is from a rib in a fossil deer.


  • Louys J, Cramb J, Ferguson K, Kemp J, Wood R, Miszkiewicz JJ, Dias
    Guimarães NR, Higgins P, Travouillon KJ, Hocknull SA, Webb GE, Price GJ. 2023 In
    press. Interim report of the vertebrate deposits recovered from the Capricorn
    Caves, Rockhampton, Queensland. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of
  • Miszkiewicz JJ, Louys J, Mahoney P. 2022. Cartesian coordinates in twodimensional
    bone histology images for Quaternary bone remodelling research.
    Open Quaternary 8(12): 1-13.
  • Miszkiewicz JJ, van der Geer AE. 2022. Inferring longevity from advanced rib
    remodelling in insular dwarf deer. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
    136(1): 41–58.
  • Stewart TJ, Louys J, Miszkiewicz JJ, 2021. Intra-skeletal vascular density in a
    bipedal hopping macropod with implications for analyses of rib histology.
    Anatomical Science International 96(3), 386–399.
  • Walker MM, Louys J, Herries AIR, Price GJ, Miszkiewicz JJ. 2021. Humerus midshaft histology in a modern and fossil wombat. Australian Mammalogy 43(1), 30–39
  • Miszkiewicz JJ, Louys J, Beck R, Mahoney P, Aplin K, O'Connor S. 2020. Island rule and bone metabolism in fossil murines from Timor. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129 (3), 570–586 
  • Miszkiewicz JJ, Louys J, O'Connor S. 2019. Micro-anatomical record of cortical bone remodeling and high vascularity in a fossil giant rat midshaft femur. The Anatomical Record 302(11): 1934–1940

All publications


I can offer co/supervision in any area that deals with skeletal biology of mammals, including humans.

    • Lucy Henderson, University of Otago, Committee Member
    • Lucille Pederson, James Cook University, External Supervisor
    • Pau Basilia, Griffith University, Co-supervisor
    • Karen Cooke, Australian National University, Primary Supervisor
    • Tahlia Stewart, Australian National University, Primary Supervisor
    • Nicole MacFarlane, Australian National University, Co-supervisor
    Secondary osteons in fossil deer rib.