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Original papers
  • Newell, A.J., Benton, M.J., Kearsey, T., Taylor, G.K., Twitchett, R.J., and Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 2012. Calcretes, fluviolacustrine sediments and subsidence patterns in Permo-Triassic salt-walled minibasins of the south Urals, Russia. Sedimentology 59, 1659-1676 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2012.01320.x). pdf.
  • Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Khlyupin, A.Yu., Shumov, I.S., Price, G.D., and Kurkin, A.A. 2012. Preservation of exceptional vertebrate assemblages in Middle Permian fluviolacustrine mudstones of Kotel'nich, Russia: stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.01.005). pdf.
  • Kearsey, T., Twitchett, R.J., and Newell, A.J. 2012. The origin and significance of pedogenic dolomite from the South Urals of Russia. Geological Magazine 149. 291-307 (doi: 10.1017/S0016756811000926). pdf.

  • Newell, A.J., Sennikov, A.G., Benton, M.J., Molostovskaya, I.I., Golubev, V.K., Minikh, A.V., Minikh, M.G. 2010. Disruption of playa-lacustrine depositional systems at the Permo-Triassic boundary: evidence from Vyazniki and Gorokhovets on the Russian Platform. Journal of the Geological Society, 167, 695-716 (doi:10.1144/ 0016-76492009-103). pdf. Supplementary data.
  • Benton, M.J., Sennikov, A.G., and Newell, A.J. 2010. Murchison's first sighting of the Permian, at Vyazniki in 1841. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 121, 313-318 (doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2010.03.005). pdf.

  • Kubo, T. and Benton, M.J. 2009. Tetrapod postural shift estimated from Permian and Triassic trackways. Palaeontology 52, 1029-1037. pdf. Interpretive web site.
  • Taylor, G.K., Tucker, C., Twitchett, R.J., Kearsey, T., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Surkov, M.V., and Tverdokhlebov, V. P. 2009. Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia: No evidence for a major temporal hiatus. Earth & Planetary Science Letters 281, 36-47. pdf.

  • Surkov, M.V. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Head kinematics and feeding adaptations of the Permian and Triassic dicynodonts. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, 1120-1129 (Surkov, M. V. & MJB). pdf.
  • Ruta, M. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Calibrated diversity, tree topology and the mother of mass extinctions: the lesson of temnospondyls. Palaeontology 51, 1261-1288 (M. Ruta and MJB). doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00808.x pdf.
  • Benton, M. J. 2008. The end-Permian mass extinction - events on land in Russia. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 119, 119-136. pdf
  • Sahney, S. and Benton, M. J. 2008. Recovery from the most profound mass extinction of all time. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 275, 759-765. pdf

  • Ruta, M., Pisani, D., Lloyd, G.T. and Benton, M.J. 2007. A supertree of Temnsopondyli: cladogenetic patterns in the most species-rich group of early tetrapods. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 274, 2087-2095. pdf
  • Newell, A.J., Gower, D. J., Benton, M.J., and Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 2007. Bedload abrasion and the in situ fragmentation of bivalve shells. Sedimentology 54, 835-845. pdf
  • Surkov, M.V., Benton, M. J., Twitchett, R.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., and Newell, A.J. 2007. First occurrence of footprints of large therapsids from the Upper Permian of European Russia. Palaeontology, 50, 641-652. pdf

  • Surkov, M.V., Kalandadze, N. N., and Benton, M.J. 2005. Lystrosaurus georgi, a dicynodont from the Lower Triassic of Russia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, 402-413. pdf
  • Tverdokhlebov, V. P., Tverdokhlebova, G.I., Minikh, A.V., Surkov, M.V., and Benton, M.J. 2005. Upper Permian vertebrates and their sedimentological context in the South Urals, Russia. Earth-Science Reviews, 69, 27-77. pdf

  • Benton, M.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P. and Surkov, M.V. 2004. Ecosystem remodelling among vertebrates at the Permian-Triassic boundary in Russia. Nature 432, 97-100. pdf. Download the original of Figure 1 as a gif or pdf. Download the Excel data file here.
  • Surkov, M.V. 2004. Certain features of the postcranial skeleton of Vivaxosaurus permirus Kalandadze et Kurkin (Anomodontia, Dicynodontidae), with a note on their presumable trophic adaptation. Paleontological Journal 38, 67-72. pdf
  • Surkov, M.V. and Benton, M. J. 2004. The basicranium of dicynodonts (Synapsida) and its use in phylogenetic analysis. Palaeontology 47, 619-638. pdf
  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 2004. Buried Equisetites thickets from the Middle Triassic of the south Cis-Urals, Russia. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatshefte, 2004 (10), 595-604. pdf proof

  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Tverdokhlebova, G.I., Surkov, M.V., and Benton, M.J. 2003. Tetrapod localities from the Triassic of the SE of European Russia. Earth-Science Reviews 60, 1-66. pdf
  • Benton, M.J. and Twitchett, R.J. 2003. How to kill (almost) all life: the end-Permian extinction event. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18, 358-365. pdf

  • Newell, A.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P., and Benton, M.J. 1999. Interplay of tectonics and climate on a transverse fluvial system, Upper Permian, southern Uralian foreland basin, Russia. Sedimentary Geology 127, 11-29. pdf

  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Tverdokhlebova, G.I., Benton, M.J., and Storrs, G.W. 1997. First record of footprints of terrestrial vertebrates from the Upper Permian of the Cis-Urals, Russia. Palaeontology 40, 157-166. pdf
  • Benton, M.J. and Allen, J. 1997. Boreopricea from the Lower Triassic of Russia, and the relationships of the prolacertiform reptiles. Palaeontology 40, 931-953. pdf

Books and popular articles
  • Benton, M.J. 2003. When life nearly died: the greatest mass extinction of all time. Thames & Hudson, London, New York, 336 pp. Read more about this book.
  • Benton, M.J. 2003. Wipeout. New Scientist 178 (2392), 38-41. View an html version of this article.
  • Benton, M.J., M.A. Shishkin, D.M. Unwin, and E.N. Kurochkin (Eds) 2000. The age of dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 696 pp.


Translations of classic Russian papers
  • Golubev, V.K. 2000. Permian and Triassic chronosuchians and biostratigraphy of the upper Tatarian deposits of Eastern Europe by tetrapods. Trudy Paleontologischeskogo Instituta, 276, 1-176. (pages 84-88, 117-129 only). Download pdf.
  • Goman'kov, A.V. 1997. Permian (Tatarian) flora of the Kotel'nich vertebrate locality (Kirov Region). Stratigrafiya, Geologicheskaya Korrelyatsiya 5 (4), 3-12. Download pdf.
  • Ignat'ev, V. I. 1963. Tatarian Stage of Central and Eastern Regions of the Russian Platform. Part II: Facies, Palaeogeography. Izdatel'stvo Kazanskogo Universiteta, Kazan'(pages 50-53, 56-59, 82-89 only). Download pdf.
  • Khlyupin, A. Yu. 2007. Cemetery of the Permian reptiles. Paleomir 1, 50-57. Download pdf.
  • Ochev, V.G. 1995. Mysterious Kotel'nich. Priroda 1995, pp. 53-59. Download pdf.
  • Ochev, V.G. 1995. Materials to the tetrapod history at the Paleozoic-Mesozoic boundary. In: Sixth Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Short Papers, 1995. Edited by Ailing Sun and Yuanqing Wang, Published by China Ocean Press, Beijing. pp. 43-46; and other papers. Download pdf.
  • Sumin D.L. 2009. Hibernation as a factor responsible for preservation of the Pareiasauria in the Kotel'nich locality. In: Researches on Paleontology and Biostratigraphy of ancient Continental Deposits (Memories of Professor Vitalii G. Ochev). Eds. M.A. Shishkin & V.P. Tverdokhlebov. Saratov: “Nauchnaya Kniga” Publishers, 2009. Pp. 173-176. Download pdf.
  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 1971. On Early Triassic proluvial deposits of the Pre-Urals, and times of folding and mountain-building processes in the Southern Urals. Izvestiya Akademia Nauk SSSR, Seriya Geologiya, 1971 (4), 42-50. Download pdf.
  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P. 2009. Facies-genetic analysis of Tatarian deposits and conditions of formation of the 'Kotel'nich' locality. In: Verkhniy Paleozoi Rossii: Stratigraficheskiya i Faunal'niyi Analiz ['Upper Palaeozoic of Russia: Stratigraphy and Facies Analysis'] Kazan', 27-30 September 2009. Download pdf.
  • Tverdokhlebov, V.P. & Shminke, L.N. 1990. Aeolian deposits of the Tatatian Stage in the Vyatka River Basin. Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR 315 (4), 934-936. Download pdf.

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