Ms Pip Brewer

Pip Brewer
  • Curator of Fossil Mammals
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Education and qualifications


1996-2000: M.Sci. (combined bachelors and masters degree) in geology at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. First Class (with Honours)


2002-2005, 2007-2008: Ph.D. in vertebrate palaeontology (palaeontology of primitive wombats) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia


Academic awards and prizes


2009-2010: Sylvester-Bradley Award (awarded by the Palaeontological Association)

2002-2005: Northcote Scholarship (awarded by Menzies Centre for Australian Studies)

1999: Morris Prize (awarded by University College London)

1998: Palaeontological Association Prize (jointly awarded by the Palaeontological Association and University College London)


Employment history


2009-present: Curator of Mesozoic and Tertiary Mammals at the Natural History Museum (UK)

2009-present: Associate Lecturer (geology) at the Open University (UK).

2008-2009: Documentation Office/Curator (African Fossil Mammals Project) at the Natural History Museum (UK)

2007-2008: Weekend Service Manager for UCL Library Services (UK)

2007: Human Anatomy Demonstrator at University College London (UK)

2005-2007: Senior Library Assistant at Royal Free Hospital Medical Library (UK)

2001-2004: Casual library, archive and records management work for Zenith, Record Keeping Innovation, Library Locums and CyberSearch 2 Pty Ltd (Australia)

2000: Library Assistant for UCL Library Services (UK)

2000: Palaeontology Lab Demonstrator for University College London (UK)

1998-2000: Casual library work for UCL Library Services (UK)


Work experience


2007-2008: Natural History Museum (London, UK)

1998: Grant Museum of Zoology (London, UK)

1997-1999: Natural History Museum (London, UK)

1996: Booth Museum of Natural History (Brighton, UK)

1995: Bolton Museum (Bolton, UK)


Membership of academic societies

Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Member of the Palaeontological Association


Selected training courses

2010: Writing for the web

2009: Radiation Protection Supervisor

2009: Exhibition loans

2009: Micro-CT software training

2007: CPD25 new managers’ programme

2006: Dreamweaver

2006: Photoshop Elements

2006: Copyright for beginners

2005: Data protection, freedom of information and records management

2005: Advanced search techniques


Field experience


2009-2010: UK (various locations)

2009: Batallones, Spain

2004: Murgon, Australia

2003, 2004: Inverloch, Australia

2002, 2004: Lightning Ridge, Australia

2002: Cuddie Springs, Australia

2001, 2002: Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site, Australia

1996-2000: Europe (including Scotland, Cyprus and Spain)


Research interests

My research interests include (but are not restricted to):

Tooth development, ultrastructure, functional morphology and evolution in mammals

Evolution of hypselodonty (“continuously” growing teeth)

Tertiary Vombatiformes (wombats, koalas and related beasts)

Mesozoic mammals




Munt, M. C., Hooker, J. & Brewer, P. 2009. “That lower jaw” and the contribution of William Darwin Fox to the discovery of Eocene mammals from the Isle of Wight. Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society 24: 37-41.



Brewer, P., Archer, M. & Hand, S. 2008. Additional specimens of the oldest wombat, Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia), from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia: an intermediate morphology? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(4): 1144-1148.



Brewer, P., Archer, M., Hand, S. & Godthelp, H. 2007. A new species of Warendja (Vombatidae, Marsupialia) from late Miocene deposits at Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland. Palaeontology 50(4): 811-828.

Brewer, P. 2007. New record of Warendja wakefieldi (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales. Alcheringa 31: 153-171.



Archer, M., Arena, D. A., Bassarova, M., Beck, R., Black, K., Boles, W.E., Brewer, P., Cooke, B.N., Crosby, K., Gillespie, A., Godthelp, H., Hand, S.J., Kear, B., Louys, J, Morrell, A., Muirhead, J., Roberts, K. K., Scanlon, J. D., Travouillon, K.T, and Wroe, S., 2006. Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa Special Issue 1, 1-17.



Brewer, P. 2003. Fossil wombats. Riversleigh Notes 56: 9-11.



Conference presentations



A new genus and species of primitive wombat (Marsupialia) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland. Poster presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Palaeontology in Bristol.



Inside the cupboards of the African fossil mammal collection at the Natural History Museum (London). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association in Glasgow.



Additional specimens of Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia. Oral paper presented at the London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) conference in London.



A new genus and species of primitive wombat from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. Oral paper presented at the 53rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy in London.



Oligo-Miocene wombats from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. Oral paper presented at the Conference for Australasian Vertebrate Evolution and Palaeontology in Brisbane.