July 2015: NERC have funded our Bristol-Cardiff-NHM-Sheffield-UCL consortium to eludicate the origin and early evolution of land plants and their impact on global biogeochemical cycles. May 2015: Aodhan Butler (now Uppsala) has published his MSc Palaeobiology research on the role of the gut microbiome in fossilization and the Cambrian Explosion in PRSB. Joe Keating and Chloe Marquart has published their PhD and MSc Palaeobiology research (respectively) on the nature of the earliest vertebrate skeleton in Journal of Morphology.
April 2015: Phil Donoghue has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society. David Wacey hammered the final nails in the coffin of the case for life in the Apex Chert - read all about it in PNAS February 2015: Dr Yin Zongjin (NIGPAS, Nanjing) has been awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship (2015-2018) to work with Phil on resolving the controversy over the interpretation of the Ediacaran Doushantuo animal embryo-like fossils
The overarching theme of research in our lab concerns the relationship between development and evolution, and the role that palaeontological data play in fleshing out the skeletal framework of organismal evolution based otherwise on living animals.
Our research encompasses traditional palaeontology, including comparative anatomy, histology and phylogenetics, as well as synchrotron tomographic microscopy, computed tomography, elemental mapping and Kikuchi diffraction, to better understand patterns of character evolution among extinct lineages intermediate of their extant relatives.
We also run a molecular lab cloning genes for molecular phylogenetics, molecular clock analyses and developmental biology.
Prof Philip Donoghue, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, UK; Tel: 0117 954 5440; Fax: 0117 925 3385 email Contact Me