Palaeobiology and Evolution

The Palaeobiology and Evolution theme uses fossil evidence combined with modern biological and specimen imaging approaches to understand the evolution of life on planet Earth. Our research targets the assembly of modern biodiversity, using deep time and extant data, studied in a rigorous mathematical framework, and focusing on groups with well-constrained phylogenies and rich fossil records (e.g. vertebrates, arthropods, foraminifera)

We aim to understand the processes governing evolutionary change on long timescales and patterns of biodiversity during changing climatic regimes. The Department has a strong relationship with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which has world-leading palaeontology and zoological collections and hosts a community of postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students.

Find out more information on the Vertebrate Palaeobiology group page.

Faculty working in this area include:

Roger Benson
Erin Saupe

Researchers in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) include:

Paul Smith (early animals)
Allison Daley (arthropod paleobiology and evolution)
David Legg (arthropod palaeobiology and evolution)
Derek Siveter (palaeobiology)

Former Faculty associated with this group:

Matt Friedman