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
December 2014: Phil received the President's Medal of the Palaeontological Association at its Annual Meeting (Leeds). It's very shiny.
Exciting new paper on what dead fish may or may not record of early vertebrate evolution. Rob Sansom has finally completed publishing his PhD thesis in dynastic co-authorshop his first PhD student, Emma Randle, and Phil.
Congratulations to Kelly Vargas who has secured a postdoc fellowship from 'Science without Borders' to work in the Lab on Doushantuo palaeobiology for the next two years. November 2014: Duncan Murdock has published the final chapter of his thesis in Evolution & Development, on the role of functional adaptation in the origin of conodonts.
October 2014: Carlos Martinez-Perez has had a great month - securing the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Valencia and publishing two papers, one of which, published in Palaeontology, uses FEA to test hypotheses on the relationship between conodont element structure and function.
September 2014: Joe Keating has published his first paper since joining Bristol, a 'Frontiers in Palaeontology' article on early vertebrate evolution, published in Palaeontology.
January 2014: Congratulations to Rachel Warnock on successfully defending her PhD thesis. Rachel's next stop is a PostDoc at the Smithsonian in DC. Richard Taylor has published his magnum opus on plant microRNA evolution in Trends in Plant Sciences Together with Mario dos Reis and Ziheng Yang (UCL), Phil Donoghue published a rebuttal of the recent claim of a Paleogene origin of crown-Placentals. The paper appears in Biology Letters and has received wide coverage, including in Nature.
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