Attila Virág, PhD

Research fellow / MTA-MTM-ELTE Research Group for Paleontology


Research subject:

My main research interests are proboscidean taxonomy, morphology, and evolution. Recently, I focused on dietary adaptations using stable isotopes and microwear analysis, as well as on histology of dental tissues. Over the past few years I studied small vertebrate evolution, stratigraphy, palaeoecology and taphonomy, too.


Research projects:

NKFIH FK 128741 – principal investigator – Developing a landmark based system for studying taxonomic and phylogenetic issues of vertebrates with various tooth morphologies.


Contact info:

Telefon: 06 1 372 2500 / 8723 extension


adress: Room 1.506, Department of Physical and Applied Geology, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/c, H-1117 Budapest, Hungary


Site és MTMT


Most important publications:

PAZONYI P., VIRÁG A., PODANI J. & PÁLFY J. 2018. Microtus (Microtus) nivaloides from the Somssich Hill 2 site (southern Hungary): An Early Pleistocene forerunner of modern ‘true’ Microtus voles revealed by morphometric analyses. – Quaternary International 481: 61-74., DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.07.019


PAZONYI P., VIRÁG A., GERE K., BOTFALVAI G., SEBE K., SZENTESI Z., MÉSZÁROS L., BOTKA D., GASPARIK M. & KORECZ L. 2018. Sedimentological, taphonomical and palaeoecological aspects of the late Early Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from the Somssich Hill 2 site (South Hungary). – Comptes Rendus Palevol 17: 296-309., DOI:10.1016/j.crpv.2017.06.007


VIRÁG A. & ŐSI A. 2017. Morphometry, microstructure and wear pattern of neornithischian dinosaur teeth from the Upper Cretaceous Iharkút locality (Hungary). – Anatomical Record 300(8): 1439-1463., DOI:10.1002/ar.23592


KOVÁCS J., SZABÓ P., KOCSIS L., VENNEMANN T., SABOL M., GASPARIK M. & VIRÁG A. 2015. Pliocene and Early Pleistocene paleoenvironmental conditions in the Pannonian Basin (Hungary, Slovakia): Stable isotope analyses of fossil proboscidean and perissodactyl teeth. – Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 440: 455-466., DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.019


VIRÁG A. 2012. Histogenesis of the unique morphology of proboscidean ivory. – Journal of Morphology 273(12): 1406-1423., DOI:10.1002/jmor.20069