Mathias Osvath

Senior Lecturer


I am an associate professor in Cognitive Zoology. My main research concerns the evolution of cognition, and in particular independently evolved similar cognition which leads to an understanding of cognitive principles. I compare great apes and corvids which are similar in their complex cognition despite sharing a last common ancestor about 320 million years ago. I also study cognition in the deep evolutionary history of the bird lineage, including the extinct dinosaurs, by comparing crocodilians with the least derived birds, the palaeognaths. I similarly study the evolution of the mammals by comparing monotremes, marsupials and placentals. The two lineages are compared in order to get a better picture of the natural history of cognition that lead to the high levels we see today in some species of both lineages.

Recent research outputs

Lambert, M. L. & Mathias Osvath, 2020 Mar 21, In : Animal Cognition.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Katarzyna Bobrowicz & Mathias Osvath, 2020 Feb, In : Ethology. 126, 2, p. 125-139 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

von Bayern, A., Ivo Jacobs & Mathias Osvath, 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117, 6, p. 2737–2739

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