Earth sciences newsletter

The mighty megafauna with Curator of Fossil Mammals Pip Brewer

Catch up on October's activities in the Earth Sciences Department.

New arrivals

A big welcome to the new arrivals:

Jennifer Harris
PDRA working on an STFC-funded project to determine the source locations of martian meteorites ‘Determining the Source Locations of Martian Meteorites: Non-Linear Unmixing Models in the VNIR’. Working with Peter Grindrod within the Minerals and Planetary Science Division.

Joel Davis
PDRA working on a UK Space Agency project monitoring active processes on Mars with the ExoMars TGO mission. Working with Peter Grindrod within the Minerals and Planetary Science Division.

Simon Kocher 
joins the NHM as our new curator in Ores. Simon recently completed his PhD within the NHMs LODE group and will remain based within the Division of Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences.


From Invertebrate Morphology to Being Human find out more about the conferences attended this month.


Who has been giving talks this month ? Find out here.

Field trips

Find out where in the world have we been this month.



Earth scientists were out and about at the Yorkshire Fossil festival, Crystal palace Dinosaur day and the British Science Festival. Find out more.


Earth Sciences Newsletter

Monthly newsletter from the Museum's Earth Sciences Department.

Issue: October 2017


From arc magmas to ores (FAMOS): A mineral systems approach
Role: Principal investigatorWilkinson JJ
Funding: NERC
Total value £3,000,000 (to Museum £721,989) 
Dates: 2017 - 2021.


Baron, M. G. & Barrett, P. M. 2017. A dinosaur missing link? Chilesaurus and the early evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs. Biology Letters 13: 20170220.

Cong, P., Daley, A.C., Edgecombe, G.D. & Hou, X. 2017. The functional head of the Cambrian radiodontan (stem-group Euarthropoda) Amplectobelua symbrachiataBMC Evolutionary Biology,

Di Martino, E., Taylor, P. D., Gordon, D. P. & Liow, L. H. 2017. New bryozoans species from the Pleistocene of the Wanganui Basin, North Island, New Zealand. European Journal of Taxonomy, 345: 1–15.

Akkari, N., Komerički, A., Weigand, A.M., Edgecombe, G.D. & Stoev, P. 2017. A new cave centipede from Croatia, Eupolybothrus liburnicus n. sp., with notes on the subgenus Schizopolybothrus Verhoeff, 1934 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae). ZooKeys, 687, 11-43.

Edgecombe, GD (2017) Inferring arthropod phylogeny: fossils and their interaction with other data sources. Integrative and Comparative Biology,

Giribet, G. & Edgecombe, G.D (2017) Current understanding of Ecdysozoa and its internal phylogenetic relationships. Integrative and Comparative Biology,

Spencer, A.R., Garwood, R.J., Rees, A.R., Raine, R.J., Rothwell, G.W., Hollingworth, N.T., & Hilton, J. 2017. New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota. PeerJ, 5, e3723.

Parry, LA, Boggiani, PC, Condon, DJ, Garwood, RJ, de M Leme, J, McIlroy, D, Brasier, MD, Trindade, R, Campanha, GAC Pacheco, MLAF, Diniz, CQC, Liu, AG (2017) Ichnological evidence for meiofaunal bilaterians from the terminal Ediacaran and earliest Cambrian of Brazil. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1455–1464. 10.1038/s41559-017-0301-9 

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