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Reprints to download as pdf files, or viewable in html versions. A full list of my publications may be found here, and lists of recent outputs by the Bristol Palaeobiology & Biodiversity Research Group here.


2016
  1. Digit-only sauropod pes trackways from China - evidence of swimming or a preservational phenomenon? Scientific Reports 6, article no. 21138 (doi: 10.1038/srep21138) (Xing, L.D., Li, D.Q., Falkingham, P.L., Lockley, M.G., Benton, M.J., Klein, H., Zhang, J.P., Ran, H., Persons, W.S., and Dai, H.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  2. The challenges to inferring the regulators of biodiversity in deep time. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B 371, 20150216 (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0216) (Ezard, T.H.G., Quental, T.B., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  3. Radiation and extinction: investigating clade dynamics in deep time. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118, 6-12 (doi: 10.1111/bij.12763) (Goswami, A., Mannion, P.D., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  4. The Rhaetian vertebrates of Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, UK, a comparative study. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 127, 40-52 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.02.010) (Lakin, R.J., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  5. Dating Placentalia: morphological clocks fail to close the molecular-fossil gap. Evolution 70, 873-886 (doi: 10.1111/evo.12907) (Puttick, M.N., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  6. Dinosaurs in decline tens of millions of years before their final extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 113, 5036-5040 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521478113) (Sakamoto, M., Benton, M.J., and Venditti, C.). pdf.
  7. A new Minisauripus site from the Lower Cretaceous of China: Tracks of small adults or juveniles? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 452, 28-39 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.006) (Xing, L., Lockley, M.G., Yang, G., Cao, J., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., Zhang, J.P., Klein, H., Persons, W.S., IV, Kim, J.Y., Peng, G.Z., Ye, Y., and Ran, H.). pdf.
  8. The Late Triassic and Early Jurassic fissure faunas from Bristol and South Wales. Palaeontologia Polonica 67, 257-287 (Whiteside, D.I., Duffin, C.J., Gill, P.G., Marshall, J.E.A., and Benton, M.J.) (doi: 10.4202/pp.2016.67_257). pdf.
  9. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Nature Communications 7, 12089 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms12089) (Xing, L., McKellar, R.C., Wang, M., Bai, M., O'Connor, J.K., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wang, Y., Tseng, K.W., Lockley, M.G., Li, G., Zhang, W.W., and Xu, X.). pdf. Supplementary data. Nature news story.
  10. Dynamics of dental evolution in ornithopod dinosaurs. Scientific Reports 6, 28904 (Strickson, E., Prieto-Márquez, A., Benton, M.J., and Stubbs, T.L.) (doi: 10.1038/srep28904). pdf. Supplementary data 1. Supplementary data 2.
  11. The Chinese pareiasaurs. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 127, 813-853 (doi: 10.1111/zoj.12389). pdf.
The following papers have been published online, but are not paginated yet
  1. Severe selenium depletion in the Phanerozoic oceans as a factor in three global mass extinction events. Gondwana Research, online ahead of print (doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2015.10.001) (Long, J.A., Large, R.R., Lee, M.S.Y., Benton, M.J., Danyushevsky, L.V., Chiappe, L.M., Halpin, J.A., Cantrill, D., and Lottermoser, B.). pdf. Read a discussion at 'The Conversation' by John Long here.
  2. Ecomorphological diversifications of Mesozoic marine reptiles: the roles of ecological opportunity and extinction. Paleobiology, online before print (doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.15) (Stubbs, T.L. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  3. Taphonomy and palaeobiology of early Middle Triassic coprolites from the Luoping biota, southwest China: Implications for reconstruction of fossil food webs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology online before print (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.001) (Luo, M., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Shi, G.R., Zhao, L.S., Huang, J.Y., Song, H.J., Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Fang, Y.H., Huang, Y.G., and Chen, Z.Q.). pdf
  4. Microbial mats in the terrestrial Lower Triassic of North China and implications for the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology online before print (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.013) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.J., Song, H.Y., Benton, M.J., Li, T., and Guo, W.W.). pdf
  5. The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, online before print (Mears, E.M., Rossi, V., MacDonald, E., Coleman, G., Davies, T.G., Arias-Riesgo, C., Hildebrandt, C., Thiel, H., Duffin, C.J., Whiteside, D.I., and Benton, M.J.) (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003). pdf. Supplementary file.
2015
  1. Latest Triassic marine sharks and bony fishes from a bone bed preserved in a burrow system, from Devon, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 126, 130-142 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.11.004) (Korneisel, D., Gallois, R.W., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  2. Constraints on the timescale of animal evolutionary history. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.1.1FC, 1-106 (Benton, M.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., Asher, R.J., Friedman, M., Near, T.J., and Vinther, J.). pdf.
  3. 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) (Pereira, B.C., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M., and Mateus, O.). pdf.
  4. The Chinese Pompeii? Death and destruction of dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous of Lujiatun, NE China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 427, 89-99 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.03.037) (Rogers, C.S., Hone, D.W.E., McNamara, M.E., Zhao, Q., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S.L., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases. Palaeontology 58, 521-536 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12158) (Cleary, T.J., Moon, B.C., Dunhill, A.M., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Supplementary file. All data and supplements are located here.
  6. 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) (Halliday, T.J.D., Andrade, M.B. de, Benton, M.J., and Efimov, M.B.). pdf. Supplementary file
  7. 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., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.Y., and Tian, L.). pdf.
  8. Stepwise evolution of Palaeozoic tracheophytes from South China: Contrasting leaf disparity and taxic diversity. Earth-Science Reviews 148, 77-93 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.05.013) (Xue, J.Z., Huang, P., Ruta, M., Benton, M.J., Hao, S.G., Xiong, C.H., Wang D.M., Cascales-Miñana, B., Wang, Q., and Liu, L.). pdf.
  9. Exploring macroevolution using modern and fossil data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20150569. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0569) (Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  10. 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) (Klein, C.G., Whiteside, D.I., Selles de Lucas, V., Viegas, P.A., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  11. 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.). pdf. Supplementary file
  12. 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) (Carpenter, D.K., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Grey, M.). pdf.
  13. The skull and endocranium of a Lower Jurassic ichthyosaur based on digital reconstructions. Palaeontology 58, 732-745 (doi: 10.111/pala.12174) (Marek, R.D., Moon, B.C., Williams, M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file
  14. The Fossil Calibration Database, a new resource for divergence dating. Systematic Biology 65, 853-859 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv025)(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.). pdf.
  15. 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) (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.). pdf.
  16. 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) (Nordén, K.K., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  17. Palaeodiversity and formation counts: redundancy or bias? Palaeontology 58, 1003-1029 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12191). pdf. Download the data here.
  18. The Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte reveals insights into Early Jurassic life. Journal of the Geological Society 172, 683-692 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2014-144) (Williams, M., Benton, M.J., and Ross, A.). pdf.
  19. 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) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Qiu, X.C., Huang, Y.F., and Tian, L.). pdf.
  20. 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) (Allard, H., Carpenter, S.C., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file
2014
  1. Marine flooding event in continental Triassic facies identified by a nothosaur and placodont bonebed (South Iberian Paleomargin). Facies 60, 277-293 (doi: 10.1007/s10347-013-0360-6) (Reolid, M., Pérez-Valera, F., Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  2. Models for the rise of the dinosaurs. Current Biology 24, R87-R95 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.11.063) (Benton, M.J., Forth, J., and Langer, M.C.). pdf.
  3. Impacts of global warming on Permo-Triassic terrestrial ecosystems. Gondwana Research 25, 1308-1337 (doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2012.12.010) (Benton, M.J. and Newell, A.J.) pdf.
  4. Testing the fossil record: sampling proxies and scaling in the British Triassic-Jurassic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 404, 1-11 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.03.026) (Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., and Newell, A.J.) pdf.
  5. High rates of evolution preceded the origin of birds. Evolution 68, 1497-1510 (doi: 10.1111/evo.12363) (Puttick, M.N., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file. Working data.
  6. Complex rostral neurovascular system in a giant pliosaur. Naturwissenschaften 101, 453-456 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-014-1173-3) (Foffa, D., Sassoon, J., Cuff, A.R., Mavrogordato, M.N., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. This was discussed in a story in New Scientist here.
  7. Nothosaur foraging tracks from the Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Nature Communications 5, 3973 (doi:10.1038/ncomms4973) (Zhang, Q.Y., Wen, W., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Lü, T., Huang, J.Y., Choo, B., Chen, Z.-Q., Liu, J., and Zhang, Q.C.). pdf. Supplement pdf.
  8. Vertebrates from the Late Triassic Thecodontosaurus-bearing rocks of Durdham Down, Clifton (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 125, 317-328 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.02.002) (Foffa, D., Whiteside, D.I., Viegas, P. A., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  9. Functional anatomy and feeding biomechanics of a giant Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Weymouth Bay, Dorset, UK. Journal of Anatomy 225, 209-219 (doi: 10.1111/joa.12200) (Foffa, D., Cuff, A.R., Sassoon, J., Rayfield, E.J., Mavrogordato, M.N., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Supplementary file.
  10. A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales. Science 345, 451-455 (doi: 10.1126/science.1253351) (Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., and Spagna, P.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  11. Evolution: How birds became birds. Science 345, 508-509 (doi: 10.1126/science.1257633). pdf.
  12. Sea surface temperature contributes to marine crocodylomorph evolution. Nature Communications 5, 4658 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms5658) (Martin, J.,E., Amiot, C., Lécuyer, and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Download Supplementary Excel file.
  13. Disentangling rock record bias and common-cause from redundancy in the British fossil record. Nature Communications 5, 4818 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms5818) (Dunhill, A.M., Hannisdal, B.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Download Supplementary file. Download Supplementary Excel file.
  14. Filling the ceratosaur gap: A new ceratosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Spain. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59, 581-600 (doi: 10.4202/app.2011.0144) (Sánchez-Hernández, B. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  15. The Bristol Dinosaur Project - a conservation and preparation overview. Journal of Paleontological Techniques 13, 50-64 (Viegas, P.A. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  16. Response to Comment on "A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales". Science 346, 343-c (doi: 10.1126/science.1260146) (Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., and Spagna, P.). pdf.
  17. Carboniferous (Tournaisian) fish assemblages from the Isle of Bute, Scotland: systematics and palaeoecology. Palaeontology 57, 1215-1240 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12112) (Carpenter, D.K., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Henderson, E.). pdf.
  18. A gigantic nothosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Middle Triassic of SW China and its implication for the Triassic biotic recovery. Nature Scientific Reports 4, 7142 (doi: 10.1038/srep07142) (Liu, J., Hu, S.X., Rieppel, O., Jiang, D.Y., Benton, M.J., Kelley, N.P., Aitchison, J.C., Zhou,C.Y., Wen, W., Huang, J.Y., Xie, Y., and Lv, T.). pdf.
  19. Juvenile-only clusters and behaviour of the Early Cretaceous dinosaur Psittacosaurus. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59, 827-833 (doi: 10.4202/app.2012.0128) (Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., and Sander, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file
  20. Defining the discipline of geobiology. National Science Review 1, 483-485 (doi: 10.1093/nsr/nwu052) (Benton, M.J. and Xie, S.C.). pdf.
2013
  1. Origins of biodiversity. Palaeontology 56, 1-7 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12012). pdf.
  2. The first half of tetrapod evolution, sampling proxies, and fossil record quality. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372, 18-41 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.09.005) (Benton, M.J., Ruta, M., Dunhill, A.M., and Sakamoto, M.). pdf. The Early Tetrapod Database.Supporting data.
  3. Coelacanths from the Middle Triassic Luoping Biota, Yunnan, South China, with the earliest evidence of ovoviviparity. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58, 175-193 (doi: 10.4202/app.2011.0066) (Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Huang, J.-Y., and Chen, Z.Q.). pdf.
  4. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies: a case study from the Triassic of England and Wales. Journal of the Geological Society 170, 291-300 (Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., and Twitchett, R.J.) (doi: 10.1144/jgs2012-025). pdf. Supporting data (compressed folder).
  5. Primary feather lengths may not be important for inferring the flight styles of Mesozoic birds. Lethaia 46, 146-153 (doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2012.00325.x) (Chan, N.J., Dyke, G.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supporting data.
  6. Histology and postural change during the growth of the ceratopsian dinosaur Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis. Nature Communications 4, 2079 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms3079) (Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., Sullivan, C., Sander, P.M., and Xu, X.). pdf. Supporting data.
  7. The first specimen of the Middle Triassic Phalarodon atavus (Ichthyosauria: Mixosauridae) from South China, showing postcranial anatomy and peri-Tethyan distribution. Palaeontology 56, 849-866 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12021) (Liu, J., Motani, R., Jiang, D.Y., Hu, S.X., Aitchison, J.C., Rieppel, O., Benton, M.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Zhou, C.Y.). pdf.
  8. A new shrimp (Decapoda, Dendrobranchiata, Penaeoidea) from the Middle Triassic of Yunnan, Southwest China. Journal of Paleontology 87, 603-611 (doi: 10.1666/13-024). (Huang, J., Feldmann, R.M., Schweitzer, C.E., Hu, S.H., Zhou, C.Y., Benton, M.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Wen, W., Xie, T.). pdf.
  9. Carbonate reticulated ridge structures from the Lower Middle Triassic of the Luoping area, Yunnan, southwestern China: geobiologic features and implications for exceptional preservation of the Luoping biota. Palaios 28, 541-551 (doi: 10.2110/palo.2012.p12-122r) (Luo, M., Chen, Z.Q., Hu, S., Zhang, Q.Y., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Wen, W., Huang, J.Y.) pdf.
  10. No gap in the Middle Permian record of terrestrial vertebrates: REPLY. Geology 41, e294 (doi: 10.1130/G34595Y.1). pdf.
  11. Decoupling of morphological disparity and taxic diversity during the adaptive radiation of anomodont therapsids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280, 20131071 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1071) (Ruta, M., Angielczyk, K.D., Fröbisch, J., Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary data explanation. Supplementary data; Excel file.
  12. The radiation of cynodonts and the ground plan of mammalian morphological diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131865. (Ruta, M., Botha-Brink, J., Mitchell, S.A., Benton, M.J.). (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1865). pdf. Supplementary data explanation. Supplementary data; Excel file. Discussion by us at The Conversation.
  13. Exceptional vertebrate biotas from the Triassic of China, and the expansion of marine ecosystems after the Permo-Triassic mass extinction. Earth Science Reviews 123, 199-243 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.05.014) (Benton, M.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X,, Chen, Z.Q., Wen, W., Liu, J., Huang, J.Y., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Tong, J.N., and Choo, B.) pdf. For further images and commentary of Brian Choo's spectacular paintings for this paper, read more about the Luoping, Xingyi, and Guanling images.
  14. Diversity dynamics of Silurian-Early Carboniferous land plants in South China. PLoS ONE 8(9): e75706. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075706) (Xiong, C.H., Wang, D.M., Wang, Q., Benton, M.J., Xue, J.H., Meng, M.C., Zhao, Q., Zhang, J.). pdf.
  15. Causes and consequences of mass extinction. In Losos, J.B. (ed.) The Princeton Guide to Evolution, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, pp. 580-585. pdf. Explore the remainder of the book, or buy a copy here.
2012
  1. The Bristol Dinosaur Project. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 210-225 (doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.07.004) (Benton, M.J., Schouten, R., Drewitt, E.J.A., and Viegas, P.). pdf. View the official Bristol Dinosaur Project web site.
  2. Preservation of exceptional vertebrate assemblages in Middle Permian fluviolacustrine mudstones of Kotel'nich, Russia: stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 319-320, 58-83 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.01.005) (Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Khlyupin, A.Yu., Shumov, I.S., Price, G.D., and Kurkin, A.A.). pdf. Read our web pages about Kotel'nich here.
  3. Best practices for justifying fossil calibrations. Systematic Biology 61, 346-359 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syr107) (Parham, J.F., Donoghue, P.C.J., Bell, C.J., Calway, T.D., Head, J.J., Holroyd, P.A., Inoue, J.G., Irmis, R.B., Joyce, W.G., Ksepka, D.T., Patané, J.S.L., Smith, N.D., Tarver, J.E., Van Tuinen, M., Yang, Z., Angielczyk, K.D., Greenwood, J.M., Hipsley, C.A., Jacobs, L., Makovicky, P.J., Müller, J., Smith, K.T., Theodor, J.M., Warnock, R.C.M., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  4. A new genus of actinopterygian fish from the Anisian (Middle Triassic) of Luoping, Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57, 149-160 (doi: 10.4202/app.2010.0089) (Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X., Zhou, C.Y., Huang, J.Y., Chen, Z.Q., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  5. Obituary: Arthur Richard Ivor Cruickshank 1932-2011; palaeontologist who specialized in the dicynodonts of Gondwana and Jurassic plesiosaurs. Geoscientist 22 (2), 28 (Taylor, M.A. and Benton, M.J). pdf.
  6. Obituary: Arthur Cruickshank - 1932-2011. Palaeontologica Africana 46, 93-98 (Taylor, M.A., Benton, M.J., Noè, L.F., and Fraser, N.C.). pdf.
  7. No gap in the Middle Permian record of fossil vertebrates. Geology 40, 339-342 (doi: 10.1130/G32669.1). pdf. Supplementary data.
  8. The timing and pattern of biotic recovery following the end-Permian mass extinction. Nature Geoscience 5, 375-383 (doi:10.1038/ngeo1475) (Chen, Z.Q. and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  9. Origin and evolution of dinosaurs. 336-351 In Brett-Surman, M.K., Holtz, T.R., Jr., Farlow, J.O., and Walters, B. (eds), The complete dinosaur, 2nd edition. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1115 pp. pdf.
  10. Cranial anatomy, taxonomic implications and palaeopathology of an upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Westbury, Wiltshire UK. Palaeontology 55, 743-773 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01151.xx) (Sassoon, J., Noè, L.F., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  11. 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) (Newell, A.J., Benton, M.J., Kearsey, T., Taylor, G.K., Twitchett, R.J., and Tverdokhlebov, V.P.). pdf.
  12. The Late Triassic microvertebrate fauna of Tytherington, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 638-648 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.05.003) (Van den Berg, T., Whiteside, D.I., Viegas, P., Schouten, R., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary information (specimen list).
  13. Naming the Bristol dinosaur, Thecodontosaurus: politics and science in the 1830s. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 123, 766-778 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2012.07.012). pdf. Brian Switek's article about this paper, for the Smithsonian Museum, Tussling over Thecodontosaurus
  14. Grit not grass: concordant patterns of early origin of hypsodonty in Great Plains ungulates and Glires. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 365-366, 1-10 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.09.001) (Jardine, P.E., Janis, C.M., Sahney, S., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  15. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies at outcrop level. Palaeontology 55, 1155-1175 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01149.x). (Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., and Newell, A.J.). pdf. Supporting data.
2011
  1. Archosaur remains from the Otter Sandstone Formation (Middle Triassic, late Anisian) of Devon, southern UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 122, 25-33 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2010.08.004). pdf.
  2. Early Cretaceous (Berriasian) birds and pterosaurs from the Cornet bauxite mine, Romania. Palaeontology 54, 79-95 (doi: 19.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00997.x) (Dyke, G.J., Benton, M.J., Posmosanu, E., and Naish, D.). pdf. Darren Naish's blog on the birds and pterosaurs give a popular commentary.
  3. Instant Expert 9: Mass extinctions. New Scientist 209 (2802), i-viii. pdf.
  4. Is evolutionary history repeatedly rewritten in light of new fossil discoveries? Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 278, 599-604 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0663) (Tarver, J.E., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Read more here, and on the Nature and Discover websites.
  5. Crocodylomorph eggs and eggshells from the Adamantina Formation (Bauru Group), Upper Cretaceous of Brazil. Palaeontology 54, 309-321 (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.01028.x). (Oliveira, C.E.M., Santucci, R.M., Andrade, M.B., Fulfaro, V.J., Basílio, J.A.F., and Benton, M.J). pdf.
  6. Saltopus, a dinosauriform from the Upper Triassic of Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 101, 285-299 (doi: 10.1017/S1755691011020081) (Benton, M.J. and Walker, A.D.). pdf.
  7. Macroevolutionary patterns in the evolutionary radiation of archosaurs (Tetrapoda: Diapsida). Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 101, 367-382 (doi: 10.1017/S1755691011020056) (Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Lloyd, G.T., Ruta, M., and Wang, S.C.). pdf.
  8. Resetting the evolution of marine reptiles at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108, 8339-8344 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018959108) (Thorne, P.M., Ruta, M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf of paper, and pdf of supplementary materials. View explanatory web site.
  9. The Luoping biota: exceptional preservation, and new evidence on the Triassic recovery from end-Permian mass extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 278, 2274-2282 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2235) (Hu, S.-x., Zhang, Q.-y., Chen, Z.-Q., Zhou, C.y., Lü, T., Xie, T, Wen, W., Huang, J.-y., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  10. Evolution of morphological disparity in pterosaurs. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 9, 337-353 (doi: 10.1080/14772019.2011.565081). (Prentice, K.C., Ruta, M. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. View explanatory web site.
  11. Ichthyosauria from the Upper Lias of Strawberry Bank, England. Palaeontology 54, 1069-1093. (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01093.x). (Caine, H. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  12. Fishes and tetrapods in the Upper Pennsylvanian (Kasimovian) Cohn Coal Member of the Mattoon Formation of Illinois, United States: systematics, paleoecology, and paleoenvironments. Palaios 26, 639-657 (doi: 10.2110/palo.2010.p10-121r). (Carpenter, D., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Nelson, W.J.) pdf.
  13. A new Late Jurassic turtle from Spain: phylogenetic implications, taphonomy and palaeoecology. Palaeontology 54, 1393-1414 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01100.x) (Slater, B.J., Reolid, M., Schouten, R., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  14. Synthesizing and databasing fossil calibrations: divergence dating and beyond. Biology Letters 7, 801-803 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0356) (Ksepka, D.T., Benton, M.J., Carrano, M.T., Gandolfo, M.A., Head, J.J., Hermesen, E.J., Joyce, W.G., Lamm, K.S., Patané, J.S.L., Phillips, M.J., Polly, P.D., Van Tuinen, M., Ware, J.L., Warnock, R.C.M., and Parham, J.F.). pdf.
  15. Assessing the quality of the fossil record: insights from vertebrates. In: McGowan, A.J. & Smith, A.B. (eds) Comparing the Geological and Fossil Records: Implications for Biodiversity Studies. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 358, 63-94 (doi: 10.1144/SP358.6) (Benton, M.J., Dunhill, A.M., Lloyd, G.T. and Marx, F.G.). pdf.
  16. A new Berriasian species of Goniopholis (Mesoeucrocodylia, Neosuchia) from England,and a review of the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163, S66-S108 (doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2011.00709.x) (Andrade, M.B. de, Edmonds, R., Benton, M.J., and Schouten, R.). pdf. Supplementary data file 1; characters, analyses. Supplementary data file 2; PAUP outputs.
  17. Obituary: Dr Arthur Cruickshank, palaeontologist. Herald Scotland, 7th December, 2011 (Taylor, M.A. and Benton, M.J.) Online version.
2010
  1. New take on the Red Queen. Nature 463, 306-307 (doi:10.1038/463306a). pdf.
  2. Fossilized melanosomes and the colour of Cretaceous dinosaurs and birds. Nature 463, 1075-1078 (doi:nature08740.3d) (Zhang, F., Kearns, S.L, Orr, P.J., Benton, M.J., Zhou, Z., Johnson, D., Xu, X., and Wang, X.). pdf. Supplementary data. Interpretive web site.
  3. Phylogenetically structured variance in felid bite force: the role of phylogeny in the evolution of biting performance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23, 463-478 (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01922.x) (Sakamoto, M., Lloyd, G.T., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Featured on journal issue front cover.
  4. Studying function and behavior in the fossil record. PLoS Biology 8(3), e1000321. (doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000321). pdf.
  5. The higher-level phylogeny of Archosauria (Tetrapoda: Diapsida). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 8, 3-47 (Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Desojo, J.B., and Langer, M.C.. (doi:10.1080/14772010903537732) pdf. Supplementary data.
  6. The origin and radiation of dinosaurs. Earth-Science Reviews 101, 68-100. (doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.04.001) (Brusatte, S.L., Nesbitt, S.J., Irmis, R.B., Butler, R.J., Benton, M.J., and Norell, M.A.). pdf.
  7. The fossil record of early tetrapods: worker effort and the end-Permian mass extinction. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55, 213-228 (doi:10.4202/app.2009.002) (Bernard, E.L., Ruta, M., Tarver, J.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary data.
  8. 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, London 167, 695-716 (doi: 10.1144/0016-76492009-103) (Newell, A.J., Sennikov, A.G., Benton, M.J., Molostovskaya, I.I., Golubev, V.K., Minikh, A.V., and Minikh, M.G.). pdf. Supplementary data.
  9. An island of dwarfs - reconstructing the Late Cretaceous Hațeg palaeoecosystem. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293, 265-270 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.032) (Csiki, Z. and Benton, M.J). pdf.
  10. Palaeobiogeographic relationships of the Hațeg biota - Between isolation and innovation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293, 419-427 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.03.024) (Weishampel, D.B., Csiki, Z., Benton, M.J., Grigorescu, D., and Codrea, V.). pdf.
  11. Dinosaurs and the island rule: The dwarfed dinosaurs from Hațeg Island. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 293, 438-454 (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.01.026) (Benton, M.J., Csiki, Z., Grigorescu, D., Redelstorff, R., Sander, P.M., Stein, K., and Weishampel, D.B.). pdf.
  12. On the flux ratio method and the number of valid species names. Paleobiology 36, 516-518 (doi:10.1666/09038.1) (Solow, A.R. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  13. Links between global taxonomic diversity, ecological diversity and the expansion of vertebrates on land. Biology Letters 6, 544-547 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.1024) (Sahney, S., Benton, M.J., and Ferry, P.A). pdf. Supplementary data. One of the top-ten most downloaded articles from Biology Letters in 2010.
  14. 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) (Benton, M.J., Sennikov, A.G., and Newell, A.J.). pdf.
  15. Diverse tetrapod trackways in the Lower Pennsylvanian Tynemouth Creek Formation, near St. Martins, southern New Brunswick, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 296, 1-13 (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.06.020) (Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., Miller, R.F., and Bashforth, A.R.). pdf. Read an interpretive report from Geoscientist.
  16. Recovery of vertebrate faunas from the end-Permian mass extinction. Journal of Earth Science 21, 111-114. pdf.
  17. Naming dinosaur species: the performance of prolific authors. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30, 1478-1485 (doi:10.1080/02724634.2010.501462). pdf. Read a news story in Nature.
  18. The origins of modern biodiversity on land. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B 365, 3667-3679 (doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0269). pdf.
  19. Rainforest collapse triggered Carboniferous tetrapod diversification in Euramerica. Geology 38, 1079-1082 (doi: 10.1130/G31182.1) (Sahney, S., Benton, M.J., and Falcon-Lang, H.J.). Selected as a Research highlight in Nature, 9th December, 2010. pdf.
  20. Investigating evolutionary radiations. Pp. 10-26. In Long, M. and Zhou, Z. (eds), Darwin's Heritage Today -- Proceedings of the Darwin 200 International Conference. Higher Education Press, Beijing. pdf.
  21. Vertebrate microremains from the Early Cretaceous of southern Tunisia, Geobios 43, 615-628 (doi:10.1016/j.geobios.2010.07.001) (Cuny, G., Cobbett, A.M., Meunier, F.J., Benton, M.J.) pdf.
2009
  1. Introduction to paleobiology and the fossil record. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 592 pp. Further details and book home page.
  2. The Red Queen and the Court Jester: species diversity and the role of biotic and abiotic factors through time. Science 323, 728-732. pdf. Report in El Pais, en español, by Xavier Sampedro.
  3. Paleontology and the history of life. In: Ruse, M. & Travis, J. (eds) Evolution: the first 4 billion years. Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 80-104. ISBN 0-674-03175-X. pdf.
  4. 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 (Taylor, G.K., Tucker, C., Twitchett, R.J., Kearsey, T., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Surkov, M.V., and Tverdokhlebov, V.P.). pdf. Interpretive web site. Press release.
  5. The fossil record: biological or geological signal? In: Sepkoski, D. & Ruse, M. (eds), The paleobiological revolution: essays on the growth of modern paleontology. Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago, 584 pp., pp. 43-59. ISBN 978-0226748610 pdf.
  6. Calibrating and constraining molecular clocks. In: Hedges, S.B. & Kumar, S. (eds) The timetree of life. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 35-86 (Benton, M.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., and Asher, R.J.). pdf. The book web site, with additional resources.
  7. Primer: Dinosaurs. Current Biology 19, R318-R323. pdf.
  8. A reassessment of the Pteraichnus ichnospecies from the Early Cretaceous of Soria Province, Spain. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29, 487-497 (Sánchez-Hernández, B., Przewieslik, A.G., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  9. Completeness of the fossil record. Significance 6, 117-121. pdf.
  10. Tetrapod postural shift estimated from Permian and Triassic trackways. Palaeontology 52, 1029-1037 (Kubo, T. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Interpretive web site.
2008
  1. Palaeoecology of the Late Triassic extinction event in the SW UK. Journal of the Geological Society 165, 319-332 (Mander, L., Twitchett, R.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  2. A new genus of rhynchosaur from the Middle Triassic of southwest England. Palaeontology 51, 95-115 (Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Read Darren Naish's very thorough blogs about Fodonyx and other rhynchosaurs here and here, and David Hone's comments here.
  3. Body size evolution in Mesozoic birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21, 618-624 (Hone, D.W.E., Dyke, G.J., Haden, M. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  4. Crown clades in vertebrate nomenclature: correcting the definition of Crocodylia. Systematic Biology 57, 173-181 (Martin, J.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. When life nearly died: the greatest mass extinction of all time [revised, paperback edition] by M.J. Benton. Book details for people in the UK, and in North America.
  6. Recovery from the most profound mass extinction of all time. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 275, 759-765 (Sahney, S. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  7. A primitive confuciusornithid bird from China and its implications for early avian flight. Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences 51, 625-639 (Zhang F., Zhou Z., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  8. The end-Permian mass extinction - events on land in Russia. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 119, 119-136. pdf.
  9. The aerodynamics of the British Late Triassic Kuehneosauridae. Palaeontology 51, 967-981 (Stein, K., Palmer, C., Gill, P.G., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  10. Catastrophic ocean acidification at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 249, 119-127 (Hautmann, M., Benton, M.J., and Tomasovych, A.). pdf
  11. Discussion on ecology of earliest reptiles inferred from basal Pennsylvanian trackways. Journal of the Geological Society, London 165, 985-987 (Falcon-Lang, H. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  12. Superiority, competition, and opportunism in the evolutionary radiation of dinosaurs. Science 321, 1485-1488 (Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M. and Lloyd, G.T.). pdf. Supplementary data explanation. Interpretive web site.
  13. Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B275, 2483-2490; doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0715. (Lloyd, G.T., Davis, K.E., Pisani, D., Tarver, J.E., Ruta, M., Sakamoto, M., Hone, D.W.E., Jennings, R., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Interpretive web site.
  14. (Editor) The seventy great mysteries of the natural world. Thames & Hudson, London, 304 pp. Book details for people in the UK and in North America. Sample text here.
  15. The history of life. A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 170 pp. Book details for people in the UK and in North America.
  16. Fossil quality and naming dinosaurs. Biology Letters 4, 729-732. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0402 pdf. Data supplement. [Reported by Jonathan Amos for BBC News, Will the real dinosaurs stand up, and Rex Dalton for Nature, In search of Thingummyjigosaurus; Holly Williams in The Independent: Under the Microscope: How many types of dinosaur are there?] Interpretive web site.
  17. The first 50 Myr of dinosaur evolution: macroevolutionary pattern and morphological disparity. Biology Letters 4, 733-736. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0441 (Brusatte, S.L., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M. and Lloyd, G.T.). pdf. Interpretive web site.
  18. How to find a dinosaur, and the role of synonymy in biodiversity studies. Paleobiology 34, 516-533. pdf. Interpretive web site.
  19. Calibrated diversity, tree topology and the mother of mass extinctions: the lesson of temnospondyls. Palaeontology 51, 1261-1288 (Ruta, M. and Benton, M.J.). doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00808.x pdf.
  20. A new metriorhynchid crocodilian (Mesoeucrocodylia: Thalattosuchia) from the Kimmeridgian (Upper Jurassic) of Wiltshire, UK. Palaeontology 51, 1307-1333 (Wilkinson, L.E., Young, M.T. and Benton, M.J.). doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00818.x pdf.
  21. Head kinematics and feeding adaptations of the Permian and Triassic dicynodonts. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, 1120-1129 (Surkov, M.V. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  22. The remarkable fossils from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China and how they have changed our knowledge of Mesozoic life. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 119, 209-228 (Benton, M.J., Zhou Z., Orr, P.J., Zhang F., and Kearns, S.L.). pdf.
  23. Contrasting supertree and total-evidence methods: the origin of the pterosaurs. Zitteliana B28, 35-60 (Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  24. Aerodynamic characters of the cranial crest of Pteranodon. Zitteliana 28B, 167-174 (Elgin, R.A., Grau, C.A., Palmer, C., Hone, D.W.E., Greenwell, D., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
2007
  1. Palaeontological evidence to date the tree of life. Molecular Biology and Evolution 24, 26-53 (Benton, M.J. and Donoghue, P.C.J.). pdf. Designated as an 'MBE citation classic' in January 2013, and as a 'Highly Cited Paper' by Web of Science.
  2. Palaeoenvironments of vertebrates on the southern shore of Tethys: The nonmarine Early Cretaceous of Tunisia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 243, 118-131 (Anderson, P.E., Benton, M.J., Trueman, C.N., Paterson, B.A. and Cuny, G.). pdf.
  3. How did life become so diverse? The dynamics of diversification according to the fossil record and molecular phylogenetics. Palaeontology 50, 23-40 (Benton, M.J. and Emerson, B.J.). pdf.
  4. The effects of sampling bias on Palaeozoic faunas and implications for macroevolutionary studies. Palaeontology 50, 177-184 (Tarver, J.E., Braddy, S.J. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. Modern avian radiation across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The Auk 124, 339-341 (Dyke, G.J., Nudds, R.L., Benton, M.J.). pdf
  6. Cope's Rule in the Pterosauria, and differing perceptions of Cope's Rule at different taxonomic levels. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20, 1164-1170 (Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  7. First occurrence of footprints of large therapsids from the Upper Permian of European Russia. Palaeontology 50, 641-652. (Surkov, M. V., Benton, M.J. Twitchett, R. J., Tverdokhlebov, V. P. Newell, A. J. ). pdf.
  8. Dinosaurs and other fossil vertebrates from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous of the Galve area, NE Spain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 249, 180-215 (Sánchez-Hernández, B., Benton, M.J. and Naish, D.). pdf
  9. Rocks and clocks: calibrating the Tree of Life using fossils and molecules. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22, 424-431 (Donoghue, P.C.J. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  10. Bedload abrasion and the in situ fragmentation of bivalve shells. Sedimentology 54, 835-845 (Newell, A. J., Gower, D. J., Benton, M.J., and Tverdokhlebov, V. P.). pdf
  11. Tetrapod tracks from the Mauch Chunk Formation (middle to upper Mississippian) of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 156, 199-209 (Vrazo, M. B., Benton, M.J., and Daeschler, E. B.). pdf
  12. The prelude to the end-Permian mass extinction predates a postulated bolide impact. International Journal of Earth Sciences 96, 903-909 (Yin, H.-F., Feng, Q.-l., Baud, A., Xie, S-c., Benton, M.J., Lai, X.-l. and Bottjer, D.J.). pdf
  13. Ecology of earliest reptiles inferred from basal Pennsylvanian trackways. Journal of the Geological Society 164, 1113-1118 (Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Stimson, H.). pdf
  14. The Phylocode: beating a dead horse? Acta Palaeontologia Polonica 52, 651-655. pdf.
  15. Congruence of morphological and molecular phylogenies. Acta Biotheoretica 55, 269-281 (Pisani, D., Benton, M.J., and Wilkinson, M.). pdf
  16. A supertree of Temnospondyli: cladogenetic patterns in the most species-rich group of early tetrapods. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 274, 2087-2095 (Ruta, M., Pisani, D., Lloyd, G. T. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  17. Evolution of hindlimb posture in archosaurs: limb stresses in extinct vertebrates. Palaeontology 50, 1519-1529 (Kubo, T. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  18. An evaluation of the phylogenetic relationships of the pterosaurs among archosauromorph reptiles. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5, 465-469 (Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
2006
  1. The Pennsylvanian tropical biome reconstructed from the Joggins Formation of Nova Scotia, Canada. Journal of the Geological Society, London 163, 561-576 Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., Braddy, S.J. and Davies, S.J. pdf
  2. Pelagosaurus typus Bronn, 1841 (Mesoeucrocodylia: Thalattosuchia) from the Upper Lias (Toarcian, Lower Jurassic) of Somerset, England. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, 621-635 (S. Pierce & Benton, M.J.). pdf
  3. The origin of the dinosaurs. In III Jornadas Internacionales sobre Paleontología de Dinosaurios y su Entorno, pp. 11-19. Colectivo Arqueológico-Paleontológico de Salas, Burgos, Spain. pdf.
  4. Early dinosaurs: a phylogenetic study. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 4, 309-358 (M. C. Langer & Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. Dwarfing in ornithopod dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous of Romania. In: Csiki, Z. (ed.) Mesozoic and Cenozoic Vertebrates and Paleoenvironments; Tributes to the Career of Prof. Dan Grigorescu, Ars Docendi, Bucharest, 79-87 (Benton, M.J., N. J. Minter and E. Posmosanu). pdf
2005
  1. The evolution of large size: how does Cope's Rule work? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20, 4-6 (Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  2. Upper Permian vertebrates and their sedimentological context in the South Urals, Russia. Earth-Science Reviews, 69, 27-77 (Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Tverdokhlebova, G.I., Minikh, A.V., Surkov, M.V., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  3. The quality of the fossil record of Mesozoic birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 272, 289-294 (Fountaine, T.M.R., Benton, M.J., Dyke, G.J. and Nudds, R.L.). pdf The data may be downloaded here.
  4. Lystrosaurus georgi, a dicynodont from the Lower Triassic of Russia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, 402-413 (Surkov, M. V., Kalandadze, N. N. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  5. Fossil record. Encyclopedia of life sciences. Macmillan, London, 11 pp. pdf
  6. Fossil record: quality. Encyclopedia of life sciences. Macmillan, London, 11 pp. pdf
  7. Reptilia. Encyclopedia of life sciences. Macmillan, London, 11 pp. pdf
  8. Sauria. Encyclopedia of life sciences. Macmillan, London, 9 pp. pdf
  9. Occurrence of sauropod dinosaur tracks in the Upper Jurassic of Chile (redescription of Iguanodonichnus frenki). Journal of South American Earth Sciences 20, 253-257 (Moreno, K. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  10. Mesozoic and Tertiary fossil mammals and birds of Great Britain. Joint Nature Conservancy Committee, London, 215 pp. (Benton, M.J., E. Cook and J. J. Hooker). Downloads.
2004
  1. The basicranium of dicynodonts (Synapsida) and its use in phylogenetic systematics. Palaeontology 47, 619-638 (Surkov, M.V. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  2. Ecosystem remodelling among vertebrates at the Permian-Triassic boundary in Russia. Nature 432, 97-100 (doi:10.1038/nature02950) (Benton, M.J., Tverdokhlebov, V.P. and Surkov, M.V.). pdf Download the original of Figure 1 in colour as a gif or pdf. Download the Excel data file here.
  3. Origin and relationships of Dinosauria. In D. B. Weishampel, P. Dodson, and H. Osmólska (eds), The Dinosauria, 2nd edition, pp. 7-24. University of California Press, Berkeley. pdf
  4. Neoselachian (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) diversity across the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 214, 181-194 (Kriwet, J. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  5. Fossil sharks from the Early Cretaceous of Tunisia. Revue de Paléontologie, Volume spéciale 9, 127-142 (Cuny, G., Ouaja, M., Srarfi, D., Schmitz, L., Buffetaut, E., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
2003
  1. Tetrapod localities from the Triassic of the SE of European Russia. Earth-Science Reviews 60, 1-66 (Tverdokhlebov, V.P., Tverdokhlebova, G.I., Surkov, M.V., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  2. When life nearly died: the greatest mass extinction of all time. Thames & Hudson, London, New York, 336 pp. Read more about this book.
  3. Wipeout. New Scientist 178 (2392), 38-41. View an html version of this article.
  4. Dating the tree of life. Science 300, 1698-1700 (Benton, M.J. and Ayala, F.J.). pdf. Full copy of the supplementary material.
  5. How to kill (almost) all life: the end-Permian extinction event. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18, 358-365 (doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(03)00093-4) (Benton, M.J. and Twitchett, R.J.). pdf
  6. Geochemical taphonomy of shallow marine vertebrate assemblages. Palaeogeography, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology 197, 151-169 (Trueman, C. N., Benton, M.J., and Palmer, M.R.). pdf
  7. Post-Cambrian closure of the deep-water slope-basin taphonomic window. Geology 31, 769-772 (Orr, P. J., Benton, M.J., and Briggs, D. E. G.). pdf
  8. Taxonomic level as a determinant of the shape of the Phanerozoic marine biodiversity curve. American Naturalist 162, 265-276 (Lane, A. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  9. The quality of the fossil record. Pp. 66-90 in Donoghue, P. C. J. and Smith, M. P. (eds) Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record. Taylor & Francis, London. pdf
  10. Patterns and rates of species evolution. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. View an html version. pdf
2002
  1. Permian and Triassic red beds and the Penarth Group of Great Britain. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough, xvi + 337 pp. (Benton, M.J., E. Cook, and P. Turner). Text downloads and image downloads. pdf of Chapter 4, Penarth Group.
  2. A genus-level supertree of the Dinosauria. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, 269, 915-921. (Pisani, D., Yates, A.M., Langer, M.C., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Interpretive web site.
  3. Cope's Rule. Pp. 209-210 in Pagel, M. (ed.) Encyclopedia of evolution. Oxford University Press, New York. html pdf
  4. Alick Walker 1925-1999: an appreciation. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 136, 1-5 (Benton, M.J. and Gower, D.J.). pdf.
  5. Erpetosuchus, a crocodile-like basal archosaur from the Late Triassic of Elgin, Scotland. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 136, 25-47 (Benton, M.J. and Walker, A.D.). pdf.
2001
  1. Evidence of evolutionary transitions. ActionBioscience
  2. Longisquama fossil and feather morphology. Science 291, 1900-1901 (Unwin, D. M. and Benton, M.J.). View html version.
  3. Biodiversity through time. Pp. 211-220 in Briggs, D. E. G. and Crowther, P. R. (eds) Palaeobiology II. Blackwell Science, Oxford. Read this chapter at Google Books
  4. Speciation in the fossil record. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 16, 405-411 (Benton, M.J. and P. N. Pearson). pdf
  5. The science of 'Walking with dinosaurs'. Teaching Earth Sciences 26, 4-9. html pdf
  6. Biodiversity on land and in the sea. Geological Journal 36, 211-230. pdf
  7. Finding the tree of life: matching phylogenetic trees to the fossil record through the 20th century. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 268, 2123-2130. pdf
2000
  1. Quality of the fossil record through time. Nature 403, 534-538 (Benton, M.J., Wills, M. and Hitchin, R.). pdf.
  2. Dinosaurs and other fossil vertebrates from fluvial deposits in the Lower Cretaceous of southern Tunisia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 157, 227-246 (Benton, M.J., S. Bouaziz, E. Buffetaut, D. Martill, M. Ouaja, M. Soussi, and C. Trueman). pdf
  3. Anatomy and systematics of the prosauropod dinosaur Thecodontosaurus antiquus from the Upper Triassic of southwest England. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 20, 77-108 (Benton, M.J., L. Juul, G. W. Storrs, and P. M. Galton). pdf
  4. The fossil record of Cretaceous tetrapods. Palaios 15, 161-165 (E. Fara and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  5. Stems, nodes, crown clades, and rank-free lists: is Linnaeus dead? Biological Reviews 75, 633-648. pdf
  6. The age of dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia (eds Benton, M.J., M. A. Shishkin, D. M. Unwin, and E. N. Kurochkin. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 696 pp. Read the scanned book at Google Books.
    1. Conventions in Russian and Mongolian palaeontological literature. Pp. xvi-xxxix, in Benton, M. J., Shishkin, M. A., Unwin, D. M., and Kurochkin, E. N. (Eds) The age of dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pdf
    2. Procolophonoids from the Permo-Triassic of Russia. Pp. 160-176, in Benton, M. J., Shishkin, M. A., Unwin, D. M., and Kurochkin, E. N. (Eds) The age of dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (Spencer, P. S. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
    3. Enigmatic small reptiles from the Middle-Late Triassic of Kirgizstan. Pp. 177-186, in Benton, M. J., Shishkin, M. A., Unwin, D. M., and Kurochkin, E. N. (Eds) The age of dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (Unwin, D. M., Alifanov, V. R., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  7. A brief history of dinosaur paleontology. Pp. 10-44, in Paul, G. S. (ed.), The Scientific American book of dinosaurs. St Martin's Press, New York. html
  8. Accuracy of fossils and dating techniques. ActionBioscience
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  10. Mammals. Pp. 639-644, in The Oxford Companion to the Earth, P. L. Hancock and B. J. Skinner (eds), Oxford University Press, 1174 pp. View an html version.
  11. Discussion on Lazarus taxa and fossil abundance at times of biotic crisis. Journal of the Geological Society, London 157, 512 (P. B. Wignall and Benton, M.J.). pdf
1999
  1. Criticality and scaling in evolutionary biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14, 156-160 (Solé, R. V., Manrubia, S. C., Benton, M. J., Kauffman, S., and Bak, P.). pdf
  2. Evolutionary patterns from mass originations and mass extinctions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 354, 463-469 (Hewzulla, D., Boulter, M.C., Benton, M.J., and Halley, J.M.). pdf
  3. Lazarus taxa and abundance at times of biotic crisis. Journal of the Geological Society of London 156, 453-456 (P. Wignall and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  4. The history of life: large databases in palaeontology. In D. A. T. Harper (ed.), Numerical palaeobiology. Wiley, Chichester, pp. 249-283. pdf
  5. Early radiation of the neoselachian sharks in western Europe. Geobios 32, 193-204 (G. Cuny and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  6. Self-organized criticality in ecology and evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14, 321-322 (Solé, R.V., Manrubia, S. C., Benton, M.J., Kauffman, S., and Bak, P.) pdf
  7. Scleromochlus taylori and the origin of dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 354, 1423-1446. pdf.
  8. Interplay of tectonics and climate on a transverse fluvial system, Upper Permian, southern Uralian foreland basin, Russia. Sedimentary Geology 127, 11-29 (Newell, A. J., Tverdokhlebov, V. P., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  9. A sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of southern Brazil. Comptes rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, Paris, Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes 329, 511-517 (Langer, M. A., Abdala, F., Richter, M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  10. Assessing congruence between cladistic and stratigraphic data. Systematic Biology 48, 581-596 (Benton, M.J., R. Hitchin, and M. A. Wills). pdf
  11. Why I dared walk with TV dinosaurs. The Times November 12, 1999, p. 17. html
  12. Early origins of modern birds and mammals: molecules vs. morphology. BioEssays 21, 1043-1051 (and Reply to Easteal. BioEssays 21, 1059). pdf
1998
  1. Analysing diversification through time: reply to Sepkoski and Miller. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13, 201. pdf
  2. Dinosaur fossils with soft parts. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13, 303-304. pdf
  3. The quality of the fossil record of vertebrates. Pp. 269-303, in Donovan, S. K. and Paul, C. R. C. (eds), The adequacy of the fossil record. Wiley, New York, 312 pp. html
  4. Molecular and morphological phylogenies of mammals: congruence with stratigraphic data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 9, 398-407. pdf
  5. Robust dinosaur phylogeny? Nature 396, 423-424 (Wilkinson, M., Upchurch, P., Barrett, P. M., Gower, D. J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  6. Long-range correlations in the fossil record and the fractal nature of macroevolution. Advances in Complex Systems 1, 255-266 (Solé, R. V., Manrubia, S.C., Peerez-Mercader, J., Benton, M.J., and Bak, P.). pdf
  7. Palaeoenvironmental interpretation of the Triassic sandstones of Scrabo, County Down, Northern Ireland: ichnological and sedimentological studies indicating a mixed fluviatile-aeolian succession. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 16, 85-102 (Buckman, J. O., Doughty, P. S., Benton, M.J., and Jeram, A. J.). pdf
1997
  1. First record of footprints of terrestrial vertebrates from the Upper Permian of the Cis-Urals, Russia. Palaeontology 40, 157-166 (Tverdokhlebov, V. P., Tverdokhlebova, G. I., Benton, M.J., and Storrs, G. W.). pdf
  2. A geochemical method to trace the taphonomic history of reworked bones in sedimentary settings. Geology, 25, 263-266 (C. N. Trueman and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  3. Uncertain turtle relationships. Nature, 387, 466 (M. Wilkinson, J. Thorley, and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  4. Congruence between parsimony and stratigraphy: comparisons of three indices. Paleobiology 23, 20-32 (R. Hitchin and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  5. Richard Owen's giant Triassic frogs: archosaurs from the Middle Triassic of England. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17, 74-88 (Benton, M.J. and D. J. Gower). pdf
  6. Dinosaurs and other tetrapods in an Early Cretaceous bauxite-filled fissure, northwestern Romania. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 130, 275-292 (Benton, M.J., Cook, E., Grigorescu, D., Popa, E., and Tallodi, E.). pdf
  7. Congruence between phylogenetic and stratigraphic data on the history of life. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 264, 885-890 (Benton, M.J. and R. Hitchin). pdf
  8. Self-similarity of extinction statistics in the fossil record. Nature 388, 764-767 (R. V. Solé, S. C. Manrubia, Benton, M.J., and P. Bak). pdf
  9. Origin and early evolution of dinosaurs. Pp. 204-215 In J. O. Farlow and M. K. Brett-Surman (eds), The complete dinosaur. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 752 pp. Read this chapter at Google Books
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  11. Models for the diversification of life. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 12, 490-495. pdf
  12. Boreopricea from the Lower Triassic of Russia, and the relationships of the prolacertiform reptiles. Palaeontology 40, 931-953 (Benton, M.J. and J. Allen). pdf
  13. Palaeoenvironmental interpretation of the Triassic Sandstone of Scrabo, County Down, Northern Ireland: ichnological and sedimentological studies indicating a mixed fluviatile-aeolian succession. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 16, 85-102 (Buckman, J.O., Doughty, P.S., Benton, M.J., Jeram, A.J.). pdf
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1996
  1. Diversity in the past: comparing cladistic phylogenies and stratigraphy. Pp. 19-40. In Hochberg, M. E., Clobert, J., and Barbault, R. (eds) Aspects of the genesis and maintenance of biological diversity. Oxford University Press, Oxford, Oxford, 316 pp. (Benton, M.J. and Storrs, G. W.). pdf
  2. Testing the marine and continental fossil records: Reply. Geology, 23, 381-382. pdf
  3. Lower Silurian trace fossils and the Eocoelia community in the Tortworth Inlier, SW England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 107, 199-208 (Benton, M.J. and C. Hiscock). pdf
  4. Testing the roles of competition and expansion in tetrapod evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 263, 641-646. pdf
  5. Kimmeridgian metriorhynchid crocodiles from England. Palaeontology 39, 497-514 (D. R. Grange and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  6. Dinosaurs in the Early and Mid Triassic? - The footprint evidence from Britain. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 122, 213-225 (M. J. King and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  7. Rhombopholis, a prolacertiform reptile from the Middle Triassic of England. Palaeontology 39, 763-782 (Benton, M.J. and A. D. Walker). pdf
  8. Deep marine trace fossil assemblages from the Lower Carboniferous of Menorca, Balearic Islands, western Mediterranean. Geological Journal 31, 235-258 (P. J. Orr, Benton, M.J., and N. H. Trewin). pdf
  9. Testing the quality of the fossil record by groups and by major habitats. Historical Biology 12, 111-157 (Benton, M.J. and R. Hitchin). pdf
  10. On the nonprevalence of competitive replacement in the evolution of tetrapods. Pp. 185-210. In Jablonski, D., Erwin, D. H., and Lipps, J. H. (eds) Evolutionary paleobiology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 484 pp. pdf
1995
  1. Reply from M. J. Benton [to comment by M. A. Norell on 1994]. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10, 37. pdf
  2. Diversification and extinction in the history of life. Science, 268, 52-58. pdf
  3. Fossil Reptiles of Great Britain. Chapman and Hall, London, 386 pp. (Benton, M.J. and Spencer, P.S.). Text downloads, and image downloads. The whole book as a single pdf.
  4. Shelf storm beds on the southern margin of the Welsh Basin: the Wenlock of the Tortworth Inlier, England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 106, 81-92 (Benton, M.J. and Thackray, E.). pdf
  5. Testing the time axis of phylogenies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B, 349, 5-10. pdf
  6. Early Jurassic mass extinction: a global long-term event. Geology, 23, 495-498 (Little, C.T.S. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  7. Testing the marine and continental fossil records. Geology, 23, 601-604 (Benton, M.J. and Simms, M.J.). pdf
  8. Mass extinctions and periodicity. Reply. Science, 269, 618-619. pdf
  9. Missing data and rhynchosaur phylogeny. Historical Biology 10, 137-250. (Wilkinson, M. and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  10. The first Lower Jurassic dinosaur from Scotland: limb bone of a ceratosaur theropod from Skye. Scottish Journal of Geology 31, 177-182 (Benton, M.J., Martill, D.M., and Taylor, M.A.). pdf
1994
  1. Testing the quality of the fossil record: paleontological knowledge is improving. Geology, 22, 111-114 (Benton, M.J. and Storrs, G.W.). pdf.
  2. Late Triassic terrestrial vertebrate extinctions: stratigraphic aspects and the record of the Germanic Basin. Paleontologia Lombarda, Nuova Serie 2, 19-38. pdf.
  3. Palaeontological data and identifying mass extinctions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9, 181-185. pdf
  4. Professor R. J. G. Savage: an appreciation. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 112, 3-12. pdf.
  5. A review of the British Middle Triassic tetrapod assemblages. In Fraser, N. C. and Sues, H.-D. (eds), In the shadow of the dinosaurs, pp. 131-160. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 435 pp. (Benton, M.J., Warrington, G., Newell, A.J., and Spencer, P.S.). pdf.
  6. Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic extinctions among continental tetrapods: testing the pattern. In Fraser, N. C. and Sues, H.-D. (eds), In the shadow of the dinosaurs, pp. 366-397. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 435 pp. pdf
  7. Graptolite evidence for the age of the Dunquin Group (Silurian), Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 13, 91-94 (Benton, M.J. and Underwood, C.J.). pdf.
  8. Impact in the Caribbean and death of the dinosaurs. Geology Today 10, 222-227 (Benton, M.J. and Little, C.T.S.). pdf.
1993
  1. A new Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) microvertebrate site, within the Chipping Norton Limestone Formation at Hornsleasow Quarry, Gloucestershire. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 103, 321-342 (Metcalf, S. J., Vaughan, R. F., Benton, M.J., Cole, J., Simms, M. J. and Dartnall, D. L.) pdf
  2. Late Triassic extinctions and the origin of the dinosaurs. Science, 260, 769-770. pdf
  3. A new rhynchosaur from the middle Triassic of Devon. Proceedings of the Ussher Society 8, 167-171 (Benton, M.J., M. B. Hart, and T. Clarey). pdf
  4. Preface. In Benton, M. J. (ed.) The fossil record 2, pp. xi-xvii. Chapman and Hall, London, 845 pp. pdf
  5. Mollusca: Amphineura and 'Monoplacophora'. In Benton, M. J. (ed.) The fossil record 2, pp. 125-130. Chapman and Hall, London, 845 pp (Benton, M.J. and D. H. Erwin).
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1991
  1. Polar dinosaurs and ancient climates. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 6, 28-30. pdf
  2. The myth of the Mesozoic cannibals. New Scientist 132 (1790), 40-44. pdf
  3. What really happened in the Late Triassic? Historical Biology 5, 263-278. pdf
  4. Amniote phylogeny. In Trueb, L. and Schultze, H.-P. (eds) Origins of the higher groups of tetrapods: controversy and consensus, pp. 317-330. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 720 pp. pdf
  5. Extinction, biotic replacements, and clade interactions. Pp. 78-102. In E. Dudley (Ed.) The Unity of Evolutionary Biology. Dioscorides Press, Portland, Oregon, 1160 pp. pdf
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1990
  1. Scientific methodologies in collision: the history of the study of the extinction of the dinosaurs. Evolutionary Biology, 24, 371-424. html pdf
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  9. Historical tests of the absolute completeness of the fossil record of tetrapods. Paleobiology 16, 322-335 (W. D. Maxwell and Benton, M.J.). pdf
1989
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  2. Patterns of evolution and extinction in vertebrates. In Allen, K. C. and Briggs, D. E. G. (eds.) Evolution and the fossil record. Belhaven, London, pp. 218-241. pdf
  3. Heterochrony in a fossil reptile: juveniles of the rhynchosaur Scaphonyx fischeri from the Late Triassic of Brazil. Palaeontology 32, 335-353. (Benton, M.J. and R. Kirkpatrick). pdf
  4. The Triassic reptiles Brachyrhinodon and Polysphenodon and the relationships of the sphenodontids. Zoological Journal of the LInnean Society 96, 413-445. (N. C. Fraser and Benton, M.J.). doi:0.1111/j.1096-3642.1989.tb02521.x pdf
  5. Pruning the tree of life. Nature 342, 129-130. pdf
  6. The future of earth sciences site conservation in Great Britain. Geological Curator 5, 101-109. (P. Allen, MJB, G. P. Black, C. J. Cleal, K. M. Evans, S. I. Jusypiw, M. A. Rowlands, and T. S. Westoll.) pdf.
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1988
  1. Burrowing by vertebrates. Nature 331, 17-18. pdf
  2. Joints of the crocodile-reversed archosaurs (A. R. I. Cruickshank and Benton, M.J.). Nature 331, 218. pdf
  3. The relationships of the major groups of mammals: new approaches. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2, 40-45. pdf
  4. The nature of an adaptive radiation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 3, 127-128. pdf
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1987
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  2. Conodonts classified at last. Nature 325, 482-483. pdf
  3. Trace fossils from the Rhaetic shore-face deposits of Staffordshire. Palaeontology 30, 407-428 (A. D. Wright and Benton, M.J.). pdf
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1986
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  6. Reptiles from the Upper Kimmeridge Clay (Kimmeridgian, Upper Jurassic) of the vicinity of Egmont Bight. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society 107, 121-125 (M. A. Taylor and Benton, M.J.). pdf
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1985
  1. The conservation and use of fossil vertebrate sites: British fossil reptile sites. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 96, 1-6 (Benton, M.J. and W. A. Wimbledon). pdf
  2. To clone a dinosaur. New Scientist 105 (1439), 41-43. pdf
  3. The Red Queen put to the test. Nature 313, 734-735. pdf
  4. Interpretations of mass extinction. Nature 314, 496-497. pdf
  5. Palaeoecology, taphonomy and dating of Permo-Triassic reptiles from Elgin, north-east Scotland. Palaeontology 28, 207-234 (Benton, M.J. and A. D. Walker). pdf
  6. Classification and phylogeny of the diapsid reptiles. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 84, 97-164. pdf
  7. Mass extinctions. Nature 315, 536. pdf
  8. Patterns in the diversification of Mesozoic non-marine tetrapods and problems in historical diversity analysis. Special Papers in Palaeontology 33, 185-202. pdf
  9. Mass extinction among non-marine tetrapods. Nature 316, 811-814. pdf
  10. Dinosaurs that fill the gaps. Nature 317, 199. pdf
  11. Archosaur ankles and the relationships of the thecodontian and dinosaurian reptiles. Nature 317, 715-717 (A. R. I. Cruickshank and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  12. The first marsupial fossil from Asia. Nature 318, 313. pdf
1984
  1. Small companions for early dinosaurs. Nature 307, 111-112. pdf
  2. Marine reptiles from the Upper Lias (Lower Toarcian, Lower Jurassic) of the Yorkshire coast. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 44, 399-429 (Benton, M.J. and M. A. Taylor). pdf
  3. Dinosaurs' lucky break. Natural History 93 (6), 54-59. pdf
  4. Rauisuchians and the success of archosaurs. Nature 310, 101. pdf
  5. Fossil reptiles of the German late Triassic and the origin of the dinosaurs. In: W.-E. Reif and F. Westphal (eds), Third symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems, Tübingen, Short papers, pp. 13-18. Attempto, Tübingen. pdf
  6. Giant tortoises down under. Nature 311, 303. pdf
  7. The relationships and early evolution of the Diapsida. Symposium of the Zoological Society of London 52, 575-596. pdf
  8. Consensus on archosaurs. Nature 312, 599. pdf
  9. Tooth form, growth and function in Triassic rhynchosaurs (Reptilia, Diapsida). Palaeontology 27, 737-776. pdf
1983
  1. Large-scale replacements in the history of life. Nature 302, 16-17. pdf
  2. Dinosaur success in the Triassic: a noncompetitive ecological model. Quarterly Review of Biology 58, 29-55. pdf
  3. The age of the rhynchosaur. New Scientist 98, 9-13. pdf
  4. Progressionism in the 1850s: Lyell, Owen, Mantell and the Elgin fossil reptile Leptopleuron (Telerpeton). Archives of Natural History 11, 123-136. pdf
  5. Paleozoic trace fossils from the Kufrah Basin, Libya. Journal of Paleontology 57, 447-460 (B. R. Turner and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  6. No consensus on Archaeopteryx. Nature 305, 99-100. pdf
  7. The Triassic reptile Hyperodapedon from Elgin: functional morphology and relationships. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 302, 605-717. pdf
1982
  1. The Diapsida: revolution in reptile relationships. Nature 296, 306-307. pdf
  2. Multidirectional palaeocurrents as indicators of shelf storm beds. In G. Einsele and A. Seilacher (eds.), Cyclic and event stratification, pp. 350-353. Springer Verlag, Berlin (D. I. Gray and Benton, M.J.). pdf
  3. Dictyodora and associated trace fossils from the Palaeozoic of Thuringia. Lethaia 15, 115-132. pdf.
  4. Trace fossils from the Lower Palaeozoic ocean-floor sediments of the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences 73, 67-87. pdf
  5. Triassic environments, climates and reptile evolution. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 40, 361-379 (M. E. Tucker and Benton, M.J.). pdf
1981
  1. The use of flexible synthetic rubbers for casts of complex fossils from natural moulds. Geological Magazine 118, 551-556 (Benton, M.J. and A. D. Walker). pdf
  2. Lower Silurian distal shelf storm-induced turbidites in the Welsh Borders: sediments, tool marks and trace fossils. Journal of the Geological Society, London 138, 675-694 (Benton, M.J. and D. I. Gray). pdf
1980
  1. H. A. Nicholson (1844-1899), invertebrate palaeontologist: bibliography and catalogue of his type and figured material. Royal Scottish Museum Information Series, Geology 7, 1-94.
  2. Geographic variation in the garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) of the north-central United States, a multivariate study. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 68, 307-323. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1980.tb01924.x pdf
  3. Dictyodora from the Silurian of Peeblesshire, Scotland. Palaeontology 23, 501-513 (Benton, M.J. and N. H. Trewin). pdf
  4. Geographic variation and the validity of subspecies names for the Eastern garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis. Bulletin of the Herpetological Society of Chicago 15, 57-69. pdf
1979
  1. Ecological succession among late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic tetrapods. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 26, 127-150. pdf
  2. Increase in total global biomass over time. Evolutionary Theory 4, 123-128. pdf
  3. Ectothermy and the success of the dinosaurs. Evolution 33, 983-997. pdf
  4. H. A. Nicholson (1844-1899): pioneer of thin-section taxonomy. Fossil Cnidaria 8 (2), 17-24. pdf
1978
  1. Discussion and comments on Nicholson's 1872 manuscript 'Contributions to the study of errant annelides of the older Palaeozoic rocks'. Publications of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Aberdeen 1, 1-16 (Benton, M.J. and Trewin, N.H.).
  2. Catalogue of the type and figured material in the Palaeontology Collection, University of Aberdeen, with notes on the H. A. Nicholson collection. Publications of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Aberdeen 2, 1-28 (Benton, M.J. and Trewin, N.H.).

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