Trilobite research

More than 20,000 species of trilobites are known. They provide an unparalleled sample for understanding evolutionary patterns in Palaeozoic marine rocks.

Our research on trilobites spans the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian. It involves taxonomy, phylogeny, functional morphology, biogeography and refinement of the Palaeozoic timescale.

Current research projects include:

  • The Ordovician trilobites of Spitsbergen: completion of the description of one of the most diverse trilobite faunas in the world
  • Limb anatomy of trilobites: the reconstruction of a complete trilobite anatomy from the Hereford Silurian Lagerst√§tte, carried out in collaboration with Prof D Siveter
  • Giant trilobites of Morocco: investigation into the co-occurrence of gigantic trilobites in early Ordovician strata
  • Systematics of paradoxidids
  • Systematics and ontogeny of silicified Ordovician trilobites from the Precordillera terrane, Argentina
Staff involved in these projects: