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Jerry Hooker
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Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Research Interests

My principal area of research interest revolves around the origins of modern mammalian orders and the ancient environments in which they evolved. The burst of mammal evolution following dinosaur extinction involved the development of diverse dietary and locomotor strategies, which heralded the communities we are familiar with today. Those ancient communities, however, had unfamiliar members that lived in an ice-free world. Their responses to a series of climatic and tectonic events over the last 60 million years can help us understand how modern natural environments originated. Although fossil mammals have been studied for over 200 years, a great deal rema ins to be discovered about their interrelationships. Rapid evolution makes mammals accurate recorders of relative time and they often provide the best means of correlating continental strata. My work attempts to address these issues by new collecting in key areas and through phylogenetic and ecological diversity analyses.

Current activities

Curation:

Late Eocene Hampshire Basin Tetrapods.

Research:

Origins and Evolution of Key Mammal Groups.
External collaborators: Dr D. E. Russell, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Dr D. Dashzeveg, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar; Dr S. G. Lucas, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; Dr M. Weidmann, Jongny, Switzerland.

Palaeoecology and Climatic History of Paleogene Land Biota.
External collaborators: Prof M. E. Collinson (ancient diets), Dr D. Mattey (isotope studies), Royal Holloway, University of London and Dr S.Grimes, University of Plymouth.

Publications

Hooker and Dashzeveg 2003 PDF (9.4 MB)

2005
  • Grimes, S.T., Hooker, J.J., Collinson, M.E. & Mattey, D.P. ( 2005 ) Summer temperatures of late Eocene to early Oligocene freshwaters Geology 33 : 189-192 . 10.1130/G21019.1
  • Hooker, J.J. ( 2005 ) Perissodactyla, In: Rose, K.D. & Archibald, J.D., In: The Rise of Placental Mammals. Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades . The Johns Hopkins University Press : Baltimore & London , 199-214 .
2004
  • Grimes, S.T., Collinson, M.E., Hooker, J.J., Mattey, D.P., Grassineau, N.V. & Lowry, D. ( 2004 ) Distinguishing the diets of coexisting fossil theridomyid and glirid rodents using carbon isotopes Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 208 : 103-119 . 10.1016/j.palaeo.2004.02.031
  • Hooker, J.J. & Dashzeveg, D ( 2004 ) The origin of chalicotheres (Perissodactyla, Mammalia) Palaeontology 47 : 1363-1386 . 10.1111/j.0031-0239.2004.00421.x
  • Hooker, J.J., Collinson, M.E. & Sille, N.P. ( 2004 ) Eocene-Oligocene mammalian faunal turnover in the Hampshire Basin, UK: calibration to the global timescale and the major cooling event Journal of the Geological Society of London 161 : 161-172 . 10.1144/0016-764903-091
  • Luterbacher, H.P., Ali, J.R., Brinkhuis, H., Gradstein, F.M., Hooker, J.J., Monechi, S., Ogg, J.G., Powell, J., Röhl, U., Sanfilippo, A. & Schmitz, B. ( 2004 ) The Paleogene Period, In: Gradstein, F.M., Ogg, J.G. & Smith, A.G. (eds), In: A Geologic Time Scale 2004 . Cambridge University Press : Cambridge , 384-408 .
2003
  • Hooker, J. J. & Dashzeveg, D. ( 2003 ) Evidence for direct mammalian faunal interchange between Europe and Asia near the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. Geological Society of America Special Papers 369 : 479-500 .
2001
  • Hooker, J. J. ( 2001 ) Tarsals of the extinct insectivoran family Nyctitheriidae (Mammalia): evidence for archontan relationships Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 132 : 501-529 . 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2001.tb02473.x
2000
  • Collinson, M. E. & Hooker, J. J. ( 2000 ) Gnaw marks on Eocene seeds: evidence for early rodent behaviour Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 157 : 127-149 . 10.1016/S0031-0182(99)00158-3
  • Hooker, J. J. & Weidmann, M ( 2000 ) The Eocene mammal faunas of Mormont, Switzerland. Systematic revision and resolution of dating problems Schweizerische Palaeontologische Abhandlungen 120 : 1-141 .
1999
  • Hooker, J. J., Russell, D. E. & Phelizon, A. ( 1999 ) A new family of Plesiadapiformes (Mammalia) from the Old World lower Paleogene Palaeontology 42 : 377-407 . 10.1111/1475-4983.00078
1998
  • Hooker, J. J. ( 1998 ) Mammalian faunal change across the Paleocene-Eocene transition in Europe, In: Aubry, M.-P., Lucas, S. G. and Berggren, W. A. (eds), In: Late Paleocene- early Eocene Climatic and Biotic Events in the Marine and Terrestrial Records. . Columbia University Press 419-441 .
1996
  • Hooker, J. J. ( 1996 ) Mammalian biostratigraphy across the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in the Paris, London and Belgian basins. 205-218. In: Knox, R. W. O'B., Corfield, R. M. and Dunay, R. E. (eds), In: Correlation of the Early Paleogene in Northwest Europe . Geological Society Special Publication No. 101 .
1995
  • Hooker, J. J., Collinson, M. E., Van Bergen, P. F., Singer, R. L., de Leeuw, J. W. and Jones, T. P. ( 1995 ) Reconstruction of land and freshwater palaeoenvironments near the Eocene- Oligocene boundary, southern England Journal of the Geological Society, London 152 : 449- 468 . 10.1144/gsjgs.152.3.0449
1994
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