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Professor Mike Benton

Professor Mike Benton

Professor Mike Benton
BSc(Aberd), PhD(N'cle)

Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences

Area of research

Macroevolution of vertebrates

Office LS118
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41208

Summary

My interests include the diversification of life through time, quality of the fossil record, shapes of phylogenies, age-clade congruence, mass extinctions, Triassic ecosystem evolution, basal diapsid phylogeny, basal archosaurs and the origin of the dinosaurs.

Current research projects focus on the end-Permian mass extinction, the greatest mass extinction of all time, and especially its effects on terrestrial organisms. This involves fieldwork in Russia and China. I am also working on large-scale aspects of dating the tree of life, the use of phylogenetic means to assess the quality of the rock and fossil records, and studying macroevolution using comparative phylogenetics approaches.

Keywords

  • fossils
  • fossil records
  • basal diapsid phylogeny
  • basal archosaurs

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Professor Benton currently teaches 6 courses:

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