I am a vertebrate palaeontologist working on the evolution of reptiles in deep time. I am currently a Capes “Young Talent” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil), working with Dr. Marcio Pie.
My research interests include macroevolution and systematics of archosaurs and other reptiles. More specifically, my research has focused on the evolution of Crocodylomorpha, the >200-million-year old group that includes living crocodylians (crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials) and their extinct relatives.
From 2019 to 2021, I have worked as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Turner. In 2018, I have obtained my PhD from the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Prof. Richard Butler. Previously, I obtained my MSc and BSc degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, supervised by Dr. Max Langer.
PhD in Earth Sciences, 2018
University of Birmingham, UK
MSc in Comparative Biology, 2014
University of São Paulo, Brazil
BSc in Biological Sciences, 2011
University of São Paulo, Brazil
 Godoy PL, Turner AH. (2020). Body size evolution in crocodylians and their extinct relatives. In: eLS, 1, 442–452. doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0029089. [PDF]
 Godoy PL, Cidade GM, Montefeltro FC, Langer MC, Norell MA. (2020). Redescription and phylogenetic affinities of the caimanine Eocaiman cavernensis (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea) from the Eocene of Argentina. Papers in Palaeontology. doi: 10.1002/spp2.1339. [PDF]
 Montefeltro FC, Lautenschlager S, Godoy PL, Ferreira GS, Butler RJ. (2020). A unique predator in a unique ecosystem: modelling the apex predator from the Late Cretaceous crocodyliform-dominated fauna in Brazil. Journal of Anatomy, 237, 323–333. [Preprint] [PDF]
 Godoy PL. (2020). Crocodylomorph cranial shape evolution and its relationship with body size and ecology. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 4–21. [Preprint] [PDF] [Recognition]
 Godoy PL, Benson RBJ, Bronzati M, Butler RJ. (2019). The multi-peak adaptive landscape of crocodylomorph body size evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19, 167. [Preprint] [PDF]
 Mannion PD, Chiarenza AA, Godoy PL, Cheah YN. (2019). Spatiotemporal sampling patterns in the 230 million year fossil record of terrestrial crocodylomorphs and their impact on diversity. Palaeontology, 62, 615–637. [PDF]
 Godoy PL, Ferreira GS, Montefeltro FC, Vila Nova BC, Butler RJ, Langer MC. (2018). Evidence for heterochrony in the cranial evolution of fossil crocodyliforms. Palaeontology, 61, 543–558. [PDF] [Coverage]
 Godoy PL* , Bronzati M* , Eltink E, Marsola JCA, Cidade GM, Langer MC, Montefeltro FC. (2016). Postcranial anatomy of Pissarrachampsa sera (Crocodyliformes, Baurusuchidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil: insights on lifestyle and phylogenetic significance. PeerJ, 4, e2075. (*Joint lead authors). [PDF] [Coverage]
 Godoy PL, Montefeltro FC, Norell MA, Langer MC. (2014). An additional baurusuchid from the Cretaceous of Brazil with evidence of interspecific predation among Crocodyliformes. PLoS ONE, 9, e97138. [PDF] [Coverage] [Recognition]
 Godoy PL. (2019) Climate change created today’s large crocodiles. The Conversation.
 Godoy PL, Ferreira GS, Dassie ECG, Corrêa ACM, Hsiou AS. (2017). Continuing education on Paleontology: the experience with the project “Workshop on Paleontology: fossils inside the classroom”. Revista de Cultura e Extensão USP, 17, 11–19. [PDF]