Palaeobiology and Palaeoecology

Academic Staff involved in this discipline:
Dr Nicholas Butterfield, Professor Simon Conway Morris, Dr Ken McNamara, Dr David Norman

Research Staff involved in this discipline:
Dr Sylvain Gerber, Dr Liz Harper, Dr Jen F. Hoyal Cuthill, Dr Alex Liu, Dr Martin R. Smith

Research Students involved in this discipline:
Mr Peter W. Adamson, Miss Charlotte Kenchington, Mrs Emily Mitchell, Mr Javier Ortega-Hern├índez  


A focus of our research in this area is the Cambrian "explosion", arguably the greatest transition in the history of life, a better appreciation of this event will improve our understanding of the broader aspects of evolution. We aim to achieve this via provocative analyses of the origin of phyla and also of the wider context of earth history from one billion years ago on-wards. We are a major focus for the topical area of vertebrate palaeontology, again integrating biology (e.g. functional biology) and geology (e.g. plate tectonics and palaeobiogeography). Embedded in an Earth Sciences Department we straddle earth sciences and biology. In particular, we aim to investigate whether, evolution is open-ended and indeterminate, or as we argue highly constrained by physico-chemical factors.

Community Structure, Evolution and Organismal Interaction

Taxon-Based Investigation - Hetrochrony and its Evolutionary Implications

Systematics and Evolution

Engineering Design in Fossil Form

We welcome applications from students with backgrounds in geology, zoology, biology and, when appropriate, physics or biomathematics.

Recent publications in this area.

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