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Publications by the Bristol Palaeobiology Group (2015)
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Research contributions: Science and Nature [2]

Martínez-Botí, M.A., Foster, G.L., Chalk, T.B., Rohling, E.J., Sexton, P.F., Lunt, D.J., Pancost, R.D., Badger, M.P.S., and Schmidt, D.N. 2015. Plio-Pleistocene climate sensitivity evaluated using high-resolution CO2 records. Nature 518, 49-54 (doi: 10.1038/nature14145).

Mitchell, E.G., Kenchington, C.G., Liu, A.G., Matthews, J.J. and Butterfield, N.J. 2015. Reconstructing the reproductive mode of an Ediacaran macro-organism. Nature 524, 343-346 (doi:10.1038/nature14646).

Research contributions: others [115]

Akanni, W.A., Siu-Ting, K., Creevey, C.J., McInerney, J.O., Wilkinson, M., Foster, P.G., and Pisani, D. 2015. Horizontal gene flow from Eubacteria to Archaebacteria and what it means for our understanding of eukaryogenesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370, 20140337 (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0337).

Allard, H., Carpenter, S.C., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J. 2015. Microvertebrates from the classic Rhaetian bone beds of Manor Farm Quarry, near Aust (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 126, 762-776 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.09.002).

Andrew, C., Howe, P. and Paul, C.R.C. 2015. Fatally bitten ammonites from the Lower Liassic, 'Marston Marble', Somerset, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 126, 119-129 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.10.006).

Antcliffe, J.B., Hancy, A.D., and Brasier, M.D. 2015. A new ecological model for the similar to 565 Ma Ediacaran biota of Mistaken Point, Newfoundland. Precambrian Research 268, 227-242 (doi: 10.1016/j.precamres.2015.06.015).

Apostolaki, N.E., Rayfield, E.J., Barrett, P.M. 2015. Osteological and soft-tissue evidence for pneumatization in the cervical column of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) and observations on the vertebral columns of non-volant, semi-volant and semi-aquatic birds. PLoS ONE 10(12), e0143834 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143834).

Ávila, S.P., Ramalho, R.S., Habermann, J.M., Quartau, R., Kroh, A., Berning, B., Johnson, M., Kirby, M.X., Zanon, V., Titschack, J., et al. 2015. Palaeoecology, taphonomy, and preservation of a lower Pliocene shell bed (coquina) from a volcanic oceanic island (Santa Maria Island, Azores). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 430, 57-73. (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.04.015).

Benton, M.J. 2015. Exploring macroevolution using modern and fossil data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20150569. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0569).

Benton, M.J. 2015. Palaeodiversity and formation counts: redundancy or bias? Palaeontology 58, 1003-1029 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12191).

Benton, M.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., Asher, R.J., Friedman, M., Near, T.J., and Vinther, J. 2015. Constraints on the timescale of animal evolutionary history. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.1.1FC, 1-106.

Bernardi, M., Klein, H., Petti, F.M., Ezcurra, M.D. 2015. The origin and early radiation of Archosauriforms: integrating the skeletal and footprint record. PLoS ONE 10 (6), e0128449 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128449).

Blanco, A., Prieto-Marquez, A., and De Esteban-Trivigno, S. 2015. Diversity of hadrosauroid dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous Ibero-Armorican Island (European Archipelago) assessed from dentary morphology. Cretaceous Research 56, 447-457 (doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2015.04.001).

Brasier, M., Antcliffe, J., Saunders, M., and Wacey, D. 2015. Changing the picture of Earth's earliest fossils (3.5-1.9 Ga) with new approaches and new discoveries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112, 4859-4864 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1405338111).

Brunt, L.H., Norton, J.L., Bright, J.A., Rayfield, E.J., and Hammond, C.L. 2015. Finite element modelling predicts changes in joint shape and cell behaviour due to loss of muscle strain in jaw development. Journal of Biomechanics 48, 3112-3122 (doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.07.017).

Brunt, L.H., Norton, J.L., Bright, J.A., Rayfield, E.J., and Hammond, C.L. 2015. The role of muscle activity on zebrafish jaw joint shape and cell behaviour. International Journal of Experimental Pathology 96, A26-A27.

Butler, A.D., Cunningham, J.A., Budd, G.E., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Experimental taphonomy of Artemia reveals the role of endogenous microbes in mediating decay and fossilization. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1808), 20150476 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0476).

Caromel, A.G.M., Schmidt, D.N., Fletcher, I., and Rayfield, E.J. 2015. Morphological change during the ontogeny of the planktic Foraminifera. Journal of Micropalaeontology 35, 2-19 (doi:10.1144/jmpaleo2014-017).

Carpenter, D.K., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Grey, M. 2015. Early Pennsylvanian (Langsettian) fish assemblages from the Joggins Formation, Canada, and their implications for palaeoecology and palaeogeography. Palaeontology 58, 661-690 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12164).

Chen, Z.-Q., Yang, H., Luo, M., Benton, M.J., Kaiho, K., Zhao, L.S., Huang, Y.G., Zhang, K.X., Fang, Y.H., Jiang, H.S., Qiu, H., Li, Y., Tu, C.Y., Shi, L., Zhang, L., Feng, Z.Q., and Chen, L. 2015. Complete biotic and sedimentary records of the Permian-Triassic transition from Meishan section, South China: Ecologically assessing mass extinction and its aftermath. Earth-Science Reviews, 149, 67-107 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.10.005).

Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.Y., and Tian, L. 2015. Early Triassic wrinkle structures on land: stressed environments and oases for life. Scientific Reports 5, 10109 (doi: 10.1038/srep10109).

Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Qiu, X.C., Huang, Y.F., and Tian, L. 2015. Lilliput effect in freshwater ostracods during the Permian-Triassic extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 435, 38-52 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.003).

Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Qiu, X.C., Huang, Y.F., and Tian, L. 2015. Reply to the comment on Chu et al., "Lilliput effect in freshwater ostracods during the Permian-Triassic extinction" [Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 435 (2015): 38-52. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 440, 863-865 (doi: : 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.018).

Cleary, T.J., Moon, B.C., Dunhill, A.M., and Benton, M.J. 2015. The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases. Palaeontology 58, 521-536 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12158).

Colleary, C., Dolocan, A., Gardner, J., Singh, S., Wuttke, M., Rabenstein, R., Habersetzer,J., Schaal, S., Feseha, M., Clemens, M., Jacobs, B.F., Currano, E.D., Jacobs, L.L., Sylvestersen, R.L., Gabbott, S.E. and Vinther, J. 2015. Chemical, experimental, and morphological evidence for diagenetically altered melanin in exceptionally preserved fossils. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112, 12592-12597 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1509831112).

Cuff, A.R., Bright, J.A., and Rayfield, E.J. 2015. Validation experiments on finite element models of an ostrich (Struthio camelus) cranium. PeerJ 3, e1294 (doi: 10.7717/peerj.1294).

Cuff, A.R. and Rayfield, E.R. 2015. Retrodeformation and muscular reconstruction of ornithomimosaurian dinosaur crania. PeerJ 3, e1093 (doi: 10.7717/peerj.1093).

Cunningham, J.A., Vargas, K., Liu, P.J., Belivanova, V., Marone, F., Martínez-Pérez, C., Guizar-Sicairos, M., Holler, M., Bengtson, S., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Critical appraisal of tubular putative eumetazoans from the Ediacaran Weng'an Doushantuo biota. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20151169 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1169).

de Baets, K., Dentzien-Dias, P., Upeniece, I., Verneau, O., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Constraining the deep origin of parasitic flatworms and host interactions with fossil evidence. Advances in Parasitology 90, 93-135 (doi: 10.1016/bs.apar.2015.06.002).

dos Reis, M., Thawornwattana, Y., Angelis, K., Telford, M.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Yang, Z. 2015, Uncertainty in the timing of origin of animals and the limits of precision in molecular timescales. Current Biology 25, 2939-2950 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.09.066).

Donoghue, P.C.J., Cunningham, J.A., Dong, X.-P. and Bengtson, S. 2015. Embryology in deep time. Pp. 45-63. In Wanninger, A. (ed.) Evolutionary developmental biology of invertebrates: Introduction, non-Bilateria, Acoelomorpha, Xenoturbellida, Chaetognatha. Springer Verlag, Vienna.

Dougherty, L., Rahman, I.A., Burdfield-Steel, E.R., Greenway, E.V., and Shuker, D.M. 2015. Experimental reduction of intromittent organ length reduces male reproductive success in a bug. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20150724 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0724).

Edgar, K.M., Anagnostou, E., Foster, G., and Pearson, P.N. 2015. Assessing the impact of diagenesis on the δ11B, δ13C, δ18O, Sr/Ca and B/Ca in fossil planktic foraminiferal calcite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 166, 189-209 (doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.06.018).

Eronen, J.T., Janis, C.M., Chamberlain, C.P. and Mulch, A. 2015. Mountain uplift explains differences in Palaeogene patterns of mammalian evolution and extinction between North America and Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20150136 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0136).

Ezard, T., Edgar, K.M., and Hull, P.M. 2015. Environmental and biological controls on size-specific δ18O and δ13C in recent planktic foraminifera. Paleoceanography 30, 151-173 (doi: 10.1002/2014PA002735).

Figueirido, B., Martín-Serra, A., Tseng, Z.J. and Janis, C.M. 2015. Habitat changes and changing predatory habits in North American fossil canids. Nature Communications 6, 7976 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms8976).

Frau, C., Bulot, L.G., and Wimbledon, W.A.P. 2015. Upper Tithonian Himalayitidae Spath, 1925 (Perisphinctoidea, Ammonitina) from Le Chouet (Drome, France): implications for the systematics. Geologica Carpathica 66, 117-132 (doi: 10.1515/geoca-2015-0014).

Fromm, B., Billipp, T., Peck, L.E., Johansen, M., Tarver, J.E., King, B.L., Newcomb, J.M., Sempere, L.F., Flatmark, K., Hovig, E., and Peterson, K.J. 2015. A uniform system for the annotation of vertebrate microRNA genes and the evolution of the human microRNAome. Annual Review of Genetics 49, 213-242 (doi: 10.1146/annurev-genet-120213-092023).

Guizar-Sicairos, M., Holler, M., Diaz, A., da Silva, J.C., Tsai, E.H.R., Bunk, O., Martínez-Pérez, C., Donoghue, P.C.J., Wellman, C.H., and Menze, A. 2015). Ptychographic nanotomography at the Swiss Light Source. In: Lai, B (ed) X-Ray Nanoimaging: Instruments and Methods II. SPIE Proceedings 9592, 95920A-1 (doi: 10.1117/12.2188313).

Halliday, T.J.D., Andrade, M.B. de, Benton, M.J., and Efimov, M.B. 2015. A re-evaluation of goniopholidid crocodylomorph material from Central Asia: biogeographic and phylogenetic implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60, 291-312 (doi: 10.4202/app.2013.0018).

Hetherington, A.J., Sherratt, E., Ruta, M., Wilkinson, M., Deline, B., Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Do cladistic and morphometric data capture common patterns of morphological disparity? Palaeontology 58, 393-399 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12159).

Hontecillas, D., Houssaye, A., Laplana, C., Sevilla, P., Arsuaga, J.L., Pérez-González, A., Baquedano, E., and Knoll, F. 2015. Reworked marine pythonomorph (Reptilia, Squamata) remains in Late Pleistocene cave deposits in central Spain. Cretaceous Research 54, 188-202 (doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2014.12.010).

Jennions, S.M., Thomas, E., Schmidt, D.N., Lunt, D., and Ridgwell, A. 2015. Changes in benthic ecosystems and ocean circulation in the southeast Atlantic across Eocene Thermal Maximum 2. Paleoceanography 30, 1059-1077 (doi: 10.1002/2015PA002821).

Keating, J.N., Marquart, C.L., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Histology of the heterostracan dermal skeleton: insight into the origin of the vertebrate mineralised skeleton. Journal of Morphology 276, 657-680 (doi: 10.1002/jmor.20370).

Klein, C.G., Whiteside, D.I., Selles de Lucas, V., Viegas, P.A., and Benton, M.J. 2015. A distinctive Late Triassic microvertebrate fissure fauna and a new species of Clevosaurus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) from Woodleaze Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 126, 402-416 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.05.003).

Klug, C., Kröger, B., Vinther, J., Fuchs, D., and De Baets, K. 2015. Ancestry, origin and early evolution of ammonoids. In Klug, C. et al. (eds.), Ammonoid paleobiology: from macroevolution to paleogeography, XXX. Topics in Geobiology 44 Springer, Netherlands (doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9633-0_1).

Knoll, F., Witmer, L.M., Ridgely, R.C., Ortega, F., and Sanz, J.L. 2015. A new titanosaurian braincase from the Cretaceous "Lo Hueco" locality in Spain sheds light on neuroanatomical evolution within Titanosauria. PLoS ONE 10(10), e0138233 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138233).

Korneisel, D., Gallois, R.W., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J. 2015. Latest Triassic marine sharks and bony fishes from a bone bed preserved in a burrow system, from Devon, UK. Proceedings of he Geologists' Association 126, 130-142 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.11.004).

Ksepka, D.T., Parham, J.F., Allman, J.F., Benton, M.J., Carrano, M.T., Cranston, K.A., Donoghue, P.C.J., Head, J.J., Hermsen, E.J., Irmis, R.B., Joyce, W.G., Kohli, M., Lamm, K.S., Leehr, D., Patané, J.S.L., Polly, P.D., Phillips, M.J., Smith, N.A., Smith, N.D., Van Tuinen, M., Ware, J.L., and Warnock, R.C.M. 2015. The Fossil Calibration Database, a new resource for divergence dating. Systematic Biology 65, 853-859 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv025).

Lanc, F.A., McDermott, P.D. and Paul, C.R.C. 2015. The identity of the British Ordovician cystoid 'Hemicosmites rugatus Forbes'. Geological Journal 50, 1-16 (doi: 10.1002/gj.2522).

Lautenschlager, S. 2015. Estimating cranial musculoskeletal constraints in theropod dinosaurs. Royal Society Open Science 2, 150495 (doi: 10.1098/rsos.150495).

Lautenschlager, S. and Rauhut, O. W. M. 2015. Osteology of from the Late Triassic (Carnian) Santa Maria Formation of Brazil, and its implications for rauisuchid anatomy and phylogeny. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 173, 55-91 (doi: 10.1111/zoj.1219).

Liu, A.G., Kenchington, C.G. and Mitchell, E.G. 2015. Remarkable insights into the paleoecology of the Avalonian Ediacaran macrobiota. Gondwana Research 27, 1355-1380 (doi: 10.1016/

Liu, A.G., Matthews, J.J., Menon, L.R., McIlroy, D. and Brasier, M.D. 2015. Arrangement of possible muscle fibres in the Ediacaran taxon Haootia quadriformis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20142949 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2949).

Liu, A.G. and McIlroy, D. 2015. Horizontal surface traces from the Fermeuse Formation, Ferryland (Newfoundland, Canada), and their place within the late Ediacaran ichnological revolution. In: McIlroy, D. (ed.), Ichnology: papers arising from ICHNIA III. Geological Association of Canada Miscellaneous Publication 9, 141-156.

Longrich, N.R., Vinther, J., Pyron, R.A., Pisani, D., and Gauthier, J.A. 2015. Biogeography of worm lizards (Amphisbaenia) driven by end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20143034 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.3034).

López-Antoñanzas, R., Knoll, F., Maksoud, S., and Azar, D. 2015. Miocene rodent from Lebanon provides the "missing link" between Asian and African gundis (Rodentia: Ctenodactylidae). Scientific Reports 5, 12871 (doi: 10.1038/srep12871).

López-Antoñanzas, R., Knoll, F., Wan, S., and Flynn, L.J. 2015. Causal evidence between monsoon and evolution of rhizomyine rodents. Scientific Reports 5, 9008 (doi: 10.1038/srep09008).

López-Guerrero, P., García-Paredes, I., Prieto, J., López-Antoñanzas, R., and Álvarez-Sierra, M.A. 2015. Palaeodiversity of Cricetodontini during the late Aragonian (Middle Miocene) from the European basins. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 95, 415-430 (doi: 10.1007/s12549-015-0209-9).

Marchetti, L., Forte, G., Bernardi, M., Wappler, T., Hartkopf-Fröder, C., Krainer, K., and Kustatscher, E. 2015. Reconstruction of a Late Cisuralian (Early Permian) floodplain lake environment: Palaeontology and sedimentology of the Tregiovo Basin (Trentino-Alto Adige, Northern Italy). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 440, 180-200 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.08.021).

Marek, R.D., Moon, B.C., Williams, M., and Benton, M.J. 2015. The skull and endocranium of a Lower Jurassic ichthyosaur based on digital reconstructions. Palaeontology 58, 732-745 (doi: 10.111/pala.12174).

Martin, J.E., Vincent, P., Suan, G., Sharpe, T., Hodges, P., Williams, M., Howells, C., and Fischer, V. 2015. A mysterious giant ichthyosaur from the lowermost Jurassic of Wales. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60, 837-842 (doi: 10.4202/app.00062.2014).

Martin-Silverstone, E., Vincze, O., McCann, R., Jonsson, C.H.W., Palmer, C., Kaiser, G., and Dyke, G. 2015. Exploring the relationship between skeletal mass and total body mass in birds. PLoS One 10(10), e0141794 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141794).

Martínez-Pérez, C., Cascales-Miñana, B., Plasencia, P., and Botella, H. 2015. Exploring the major depletions of conodont diversity during the Triassic. Historical Biiology 27, 503-507 (doi: 10.1080/08912963.2014.890192).

McDermott, P.D. and Paul, C.R.C. 2015. Coronate echinoderms from the Ordovician of the Llanddowror area, S. Wales. Geological Journal (doi: 10.1002/gj.2540).

McInerney, J., Pisani, D., and O'Connell, M.J. 2015. The ring of life hypothesis for eukaryote origins is supported by multiple kinds of data, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370, 20140323 (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0323).

Melbourne, L.A., Griffin, J., Schmidt, D.N., and Rayfield, E.J. 2015. Potential and limitations of finite element modelling in assessing structural integrity of coralline algae under future global change. Biogeosciences 12, 5871-5883 (doi: 10.5194/bg-12-5871-2015).

Möbius, I., Friedrich, O., Edgar, K.M., and Sexton, P.F. 2015. Episodes of globally intensified biological productivity during the termination of the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum (MECO). Paleoceanography 30, 1041-1058 (doi: 10.1002/2014PA002673).

Nannini, M., De Marchi, L., Lombardi, C., and Ragazzola, F. 2015. Effects of thermal stress on the growth of an intertidal population of Ellisolandia elongata (Rhodophyta) from N-W Mediterranean Sea. Marine Environmental Research 112, 11-19 (doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.05.005).

Navalón, G., Marugán-Lobón, J., Chiappe, L.M., Sanz, J.L. and Buscalioni, Á.D. 2015. Soft-tissue and dermal arrangement in the wing of an Early Cretaceous bird: Implications for the evolution of avian flight. Scientific Reports 5, 14864 (doi: 10.1038/srep14864).

Nordén, K.K., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J. 2015. A marine vertebrate fauna from the Late Triassic of Somerset, and a review of British placodonts. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 126, 564-581 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.07.001).

Olempska, E. and Wacey, D. 2015. Ambient inclusion trails in Palaeozoic crustaceans (Phosphatocopina and Ostracoda). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 441, 949-958. (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.052).

O'Reilly, J., dos Reis, M., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Dating tips for divergence time estimation. Trends in Genetics 31, 637-650 (doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2015.08.001).

Palmer, C. and Young, M.T. 2015. Surface drag reduction and flow separation control in pelagic vertebrates, with implications for interpreting scale morphologies in fossil taxa. Royal Society Open Science 2(1), 140163 (doi: 10.1098/rsos.140163).

Parry, L.A., Vinther, J., and Edgecombe, G.D. 2015, Cambrian stem-group annelids and a metameric origin of the annelid head. Biology Letters 11, 20150763 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0763).

Parry, L.A., Wilson, P., Sykes, D., Edgecombe, G. D., and Vinther, J. 2015. A new fireworm (Amphinomidae) from the Cretaceous of Lebanon identified from three-dimensionally preserved myoanatomy. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15(1), 256 (doi: 10.1186/s12862-015-0541-8).

Paul, C.R.C. 2015. Callocystites fresti sp. nov. and the significance of ambulacral branching in the Callocystitidae (Echinodermata, Glyptocystitoida). Geological Journal 50, 189-209 (doi: 10.1002/gj.2545).

Paul, C.R.C. 2015. Did Dactylioceras eat fish? Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 60, 9-17. (doi: 10.1144/pygs2014-339).

Paul, C.R.C. 2015. A cystoid with two left facets: the significance of Tetracystis in the evolution and classification of the Callocystitidae (Echinodermata, Glyptocystitoida). Geological Journal (doi: 10.1002/gj.2578).

Paul, C.R.C. 2015. Sutural asymmetry in the ammonites Bifericeras and Leptonotoceras from the Lower Jurassic of Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire, England and its significance for ammonite life orientation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 418, 160-175 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.11.005).

Pereira, B.C., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M., and Mateus, O. 2015. Mesozoic echinoid diversity in Portugal: investigating fossil record quality and environmental constraints on a regional scale. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 424, 132-146 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.02.014).

Pisani, D. and Liu, A.G. 2015. Animal evolution: Only rocks can set the clock. Current Biology 25, R1079-R1081 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.10.015).

Pisani, D., Pett, W., Dohrmann, M., Feuda, R., Rota-Stabelli, O., Philippe, H., Lartillot, N., and Worheide, G. 2015. Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112, 15402-15407 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1518127112).

Porro, L.B., Rayfield, E.J., and Clack, J.A. 2015. Computed tomography, anatomical description and three-dimensional reconstruction of the lower jaw of Eusthenopteron foordi Whiteaves, 1881 from the Upper Devonian of Canada. Palaeontology 58, 1031-1047 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12192).

Porro, L.B., Rayfield, E.J., and Clack, J.A. 2015. Descriptive anatomy and three-dimensional reconstruction of the skull of the early tetrapod Acanthostega gunnari Jarvik, 1952. PLoS One 10(3), e0118882 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118882).

Prieto-Marquez, A., Wagner, J.R., Bell, P.R., and Chiappe, L.M. 2015. The late-surviving 'duck-billed' dinosaur Augustynolophus from the upper Maastrichtian of western North America and crest evolution in Saurolophini. Geological Magazine 152, 225-241 (doi: 10.1017/S0016756814000284).

Puttick, M.N., Clark, J., and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2015. Size is not everything: rates of genome size evolution, not C-value, correlate with speciation in angiosperms. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20152289 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2289).

Puttick, M.N. and Thomas, G.H. 2015. Fossils and living taxa agree on patterns of body mass evolution: a case study with Afrotheria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20152023 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2023).

Rahman, I.A., Belaústegui, Z., Zamora, S., Nebelsick, J.H., Domènech, R., and Martinell, J. 2015. Miocene Clypeaster from Valencia (E Spain): insights into the taphonomy and ichnology of bioeroded echinoids using X-ray micro-tomography. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 438, 168-179 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.07.021).

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