Research contributions: Science and Nature [1]

Brusatte, S.L.Benton, M.J.Ruta, M. and Lloyd, G.T. 2008. Superiority, competition, and opportunism in the evolutionary radiation of dinosaurs. Science 321, 1485-1488 (doi: 10.1126/science.1161833).

Research contributions: others [60]

Anderson, P.S.L. 2008. Cranial muscle homology across modern gnathostomes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94, 195-216 (doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2008.00963.x).

Anderson, P.S.L. 2008. Shape variation between arthrodire morphotypes indicates possible feeding niches. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, 961-969 (doi: 10.1671/0272-4634-28.4.961).

Anderson, P.S.L. and LaBarbera, M. 2008. Functional consequences of tooth design: effects of blade shape on energetics of cutting. Journal of Experimental Biology 211, 3619-3626 (doi: 10.1242/jeb.020586).

Andrade, M.B. de and Bertini, R. 2008. A new Sphagesaurus (Mesoeucrocodylia: Notosuchia) from the Upper Cretaceous of Monte Alto City (Bauru Group, Brazil), and a revision of the Sphagesauridae. Historical Biology 20, 101-136 (doi: 10.1080/08912960701642949).

Benton, M.J. 2008. The end-Permian mass extinction – events on land in Russia. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 119, 119-136 (doi: 10.1016/S0016-7878(08)80313-6).

Benton, M.J. 2008. Fossil quality and naming dinosaurs. Biology Letters 4, 729-732 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0402).

Benton, M.J. 2008. How to find a dinosaur, and the role of synonymy in biodiversity studies. Paleobiology 34, 516-533 (doi: 10.1666/06077.1).

Benton, M.J., Zhou Z., Orr, P.J., Zhang F., and Kearns, S.L. 2008. The remarkable fossils from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China and how they have changed our knowledge of Mesozoic life. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 119, 209-228 (doi: 10.1016/S0016-7878(08)80302-1).

Braddy, S.J., Poschmann, M. and Tetlie, O.E. 2008. Giant claw reveals the largest ever arthropod. Biology Letters, 4, 106-109 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0491).

Braddy, S.J., Poschmann, M. and Tetlie, O.E. 2008. Reply: giant claws and big bodies. Biology Letters, 4, 281 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0116).

Brusatte, S.L., Benson, R.B.J. and Hutt, S. 2008. The osteology of Neovenator salerii (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Early Cretaceous of the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society.

Brusatte, S.L.Benton, M.J.Ruta, M. and Lloyd, G.T. 2008. The first 50 million years of dinosaur evolution: macroevolutionary pattern and morphological disparity. Biology Letters 4, 733-736 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0441).

Brusatte, S.L. and Sereno, P.C. 2008. Phylogeny of Allosauroidea (Dinosauria: Theropoda): comparative analysis and resolution. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 6, 155-182 (doi: 10.1017/S1477201907002404).

Coates, M.I., Ruta, M. and Friedman, M. 2008. Ever since Owen: changing perspectives on the early evolution of tetrapods. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 39, 571-592 (doi: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095546).

Cunningham, J.A., Hof, C.H.J., and Braddy, S.J. 2008. Lenisquilla californiensis, a new species of stomatopod crustacean. Journal of Paleontology, 82, 431-435 (doi: 10.1666/06-080.1).

Donoghue, P.C.J., Graham, A. and Kelsh, R.N. 2008. The origin and evolution of the neural crest. BioEssays 30, 530-541 (doi: 10.1002/bies.20767).

Donoghue, P. C. J., Purnell, M. A., Aldridge, R. J. and Zhang, S. 2008. The interrelationships of ‘complex’ conodonts (Vertebrata). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 6, 119-153 (doi: 10.1017/S1477201907002234).

Elgin, R.A.Grau, C.A.Palmer, C.Hone, D.W.E., Greenwell, D., and Benton, M.J. 2008. Aerodynamic characters of the cranial crest of PteranodonZitteliana 28B, 167-174.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Marie Stopes and the Jurassic floras of Brora, northeast Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology44, 65-73 (doi: 10.1144/sjg44010065).

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Marie Stopes, the discovery of pteridosperms, and the origin of Carboniferous coal balls. Earth Sciences History 27, 81-102.

Gostling, N.J., Thomas, C.-W., Greenwood, J.M., Dong, X., Bengtson, S., Raff, E.C., Raff, R.A., Degnan, B.M., Stampanoni, M. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2008. Deciphering the fossil record of early bilaterian embryonic development in light of experimental taphonomy. Evolution & Development 10, 339-349 (doi: 10.1111/j.1525-142X.2008.00242.x).

Hautmann, M. 2008. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Triassic bivalve families Mysidiellidae Cox, 1964 and Healeyidae new family. Journal of Paleontology 82, 555-564 (doi: 10.1666/06-065.1).

Hautmann, M.Benton, M.J., and Tomasovych, A. 2008. Catastrophic ocean acidification at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 249, 119-127 (doi: 10.1127/0077-7749/2008/0249-0119).

Hautmann, M., Stiller, F., Cai H., and Sha J. 2008. Extinction-recovery pattern of level-bottom faunas across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in Tibet: implications for potential killing mechanisms. Palaios 23, 711-718 (doi: 10.2110/palo.2008.p08-005r).

Heimberg, A.M., Sempere, L.F., Moy, V.N., Donoghue, P.C.J. and Peterson, K.J. 2008. MicroRNAs and the advent of vertebrate morphological complexity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105, 2946-2950 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.0712259105).

Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J. 2008. A new genus of rhynchosaur from the Middle Triassic of southwest England. Palaeontology 51, 95-115 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00739.x).

Hone, D.W.E. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Contrasting supertree and total-evidence methods: the origin of the pterosaurs. Zitteliana B28, 35-60.

Hone, D.W.E., Dyke, G.J., Haden, M. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Body size evolution in Mesozoic birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21, 618-624 (doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01483.x).

Kasemann, S.A., Schmidt, D.N., Pearson, P.N. and Hawkesworth, C.J., 2008. Biological and ecological insights into Ca isotopes in planktic foraminifers as a palaeotemperature proxy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 271, 292-302 (doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.04.007).

Keighley, D., Calder, J.H., Park, A.F., Pickerill, J.W.F, Waldron, J., Falcon-Lang, H.J. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Discussion on ecology of earliest reptiles inferred from basal Pennsylvanian trackways. Journal of the Geological Society 165, 1113-1118 (doi: 10.1144/0016-76492008-045).

Klevenz, V., Vance, D., Schmidt, D.N. and Mezger, K., 2008. Neodymium isotopes in benthic foraminifera: Core-top systematics and a down-core record from the Neogene south Atlantic. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 265, 571-587 (doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.10.053).

Lloyd, G.T., Davis, K.E., Pisani, D., Tarver, J.E.Ruta, M.Sakamoto, M., Hone, D.W.E., Jennings, R. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 275, 2483-2490 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0715).

Mander, L. and Twitchett, R. J. 2008. Quality of the Triassic-Jurassic bivalve fossil record in northwest Europe. Palaeontology 51, 1213-1223 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00821.x).

Mander, L., Twitchett, R. J., and Benton, M.J. 2008. Palaeoecology of the Late Triassic extinction event in the SW UK. Journal of the Geological Society 165, 319-332 (doi: 10.1144/0016-76492007-029).

Martin, J.E. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Crown clades in vertebrate nomenclature: correcting the definition of Crocodylia. Systematic Biology 57, 173-181 (doi: 10.1080/10635150801910469).

Minter, N.J., Lucas, S.G., Lerner, A.J. and Braddy, S.J. 2008. Augerinoichnus helicoidalis, a new helical trace fossil from the nonmarine Permian of New Mexico. Journal of Paleontology 82, 1201-1206 (doi: 10.1666/07-129.1).

Moore, R.A., Briggs, D.E.G., and Bartels, C. 2008. The arthropod Bundenbachiellus giganteus from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate, Germany. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 82, 31-39 (and correction, p. 448) (doi: 10.1007/BF02988431).

Moreno, K., Wroe, S., Clausen, P., McHenry, C., D’Amore, D.C., Rayfield, E.J. and Cunningham, E. 2008. Cranial performance in the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as revealed by high-resolution 3-D finite element analysis. Journal of Anatomy 212, 736-746 (doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2008.00899.x).

Orr, P.J., Briggs, D.E.G., and Kearns, S.L. 2008. Taphonomy of exceptionally preserved crustaceans from the Upper Carboniferous of southeastern Ireland. Palaios 23, 298-312 (doi: 10.2110/palo.2007.p07-015r).

Paul, C.R.C., Allison, R.A., and Brett, C.E. 2008. The occurrence and preservation of ammonites in the Blue Lias Formation (lower Jurassic) of Devon and Dorset, England and their palaeoecological, sedimentological and diagenetic significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270, 258-272 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.07.013).

Pierce, S.E.Angielczyk, K.D., and Rayfield, E.J. 2008. Patterns of morphospace occupation and mechanical performance in extant crocodilian skulls: a combined geometric morphometric and finite element modelling approach. Journal of Morphology 269, 840-864 (doi: 10.1002/jmor.10627).

Pinheiro, A.E.P., Bertini, R.J., Andrade, M.B and Martins Neto, R.G. 2008. New specimen of Stratiotosuchus maxhechti(Baurusuchidae, Crocodyliformes) from the Adamantina Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Southeastern Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia 11, 37-50.

Porter, R.J. and Gallois, R.W. 2008. Identifying fluvio-lacustrine intervals in thick playa-lake successions: An integrated sedimentology and ichnology of arenaceous members in the mid-late Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group of south-west England, UK. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 270, 381-398 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.07.020).

Radley, J.D., Twitchett, R.J., Mander, L. and Cope, J.C.W., 2008. Discussion on palaeoecology of the Late Triassic extinction event in the SW UK, Journal Vol. 165, 2008, pp. 319-332. Journal of the Geological Society 165, 988-992 (doi: 10.1144/0016-76492008-014).

Raff, E.C., Schollaert, K.L., Nelson, D.E., Donoghue, P.C.J., Thomas, C.-W., Turner, F.R., Stein, B.D., Dong, X., Bengtson, S., Huldtgren, T., Stampanoni, M., Chongyu, Y. and Raff, R.A. 2008. Embryo fossilization is a biological process mediated by microbial biofilms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105, 19359-19364 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810106105).

Rayfield, E.J. and Milner, A.C. 2008. Establishing a framework for archosaur cranial mechanics. Paleobiology 34, 494-515 (doi: 10.1666/07006.1).

Ruta, M. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Calibrated diversity, tree topology and the mother of mass extinctions: the lesson of temnospondyls. Palaeontology 51, 1261-1288 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00808.x).

Ruta, M. and Bolt, J.R. 2008. The brachyopoid Hadrokkosaurus bradyi from the early Middle Triassic of Arizona, and a phylogenetic analysis of lower jaw characters in temnospondyl amphibians. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 53, 579-592 (doi: 10.4202/app.2008.0403).

Sahney, S. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Recovery from the most profound mass extinction of all time. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 275, 759-765 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1370).

Säilä, L.K. 2008. The osteology and affinities of Anomoiodon liliensterni, a procolophonid reptile from the Lower Triassic Buntsandstein of Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, 1199-1205 (doi: 10.1671/0272-4634-28.4.1199).

Sansom, R. S. 2008. The origin and early evolution of the Osteostraci (Vertebrata): A phylogeny for the Thyestiida. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 6, 317-332 (doi: 10.1017/S1477201907002386).

Sansom, R.S., Rodygin, S.A. and Donoghue, P.C.J. 2008. The anatomy, affinity and phylogenetic significance of Ilemoraspis kirkinskyae (Osteostraci) from the Devonian of Siberia. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 28, 613-625 (doi: 10.1671/0272-4634(2008)28[613:TAAAPS]2.0.CO;2).

Schmidt, D.N., Elliott, T. and Kasemann, S., 2008. The influences of growth on planktic foraminifers as proxies for palaeostudies. In: Austin, W.E.N. and James, R.H., (Eds), Biogeochemical Controls on Palaeoceanographic Proxies. Special Publications 303, Geological Society of London, London, pp. 73-85 (doi: 10.1144/SP303.6).

Sereno, P.C. and Brusatte, S.L. 2008. Basal abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods from the Lower Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation of Niger. Acta Palaeontologia Polonica 53, 15-46 (doi: 10.4202/app.2008.0102).

Stein, K.Palmer, C.Gill, P.G., and Benton, M.J. 2008. The aerodynamics of the British Late Triassic Kuehneosauridae. Palaeontology 51, 967-981 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00783.x).

Surkov, M.V. and Benton, M.J. 2008. Head kinematics and feeding adaptations of the Permian and Triassic dicynodonts. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28, 1120-1129 (doi: 10.1671/0272-4634-28.4.1120).

Whiteside, D.I. and Marshall, J.E.A. 2008. The age, fauna and palaeoenvironment of the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Tytherington, South Gloucestershire, UK. Geological Magazine 145, 105-147.

Wilkinson, L.E.Young, M.T., and Benton, M.J. 2008. A new metriorhynchid crocodilian (Mesoeucrocodylia: Thalattosuchia) from the Kimmeridgian (Upper Jurassic) ofWiltshire, UK. Palaeontology 51, 1307-1333 (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00818.x).

Wimbledon, W.A.P. 2008. The Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary: an age-old correlative enigma. Episodes 31, 423-428.

Zhang F., Zhou Z., and Benton, M.J. 2008. A primitive confuciusornithid bird from China and its implications for early avian flight. Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences 51, 625-639 (doi: 10.1007/s11430-008-0050-3).

Public understanding of science [18]

Benton, M.J. 2008. When life nearly died: the greatest mass extinction of all time. Revised paperback edition. Thames & Hudson, London, 336 pp.

Benton, M.J. 2008. The history of life. A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 170 pp.

Benton, M.J. (Editor) 2008. The seventy great mysteries of the natural world. Thames & Hudson, London, 304 pp.

Benton, M.J. 2008. The biggest mass extinction of all time. In The seventy great mysteries of the natural world (ed. M. J. Benton), pp. 32-34. London: Thames & Hudson.

Benton, M.J. 2008. Drawing the tree of life. In The seventy great mysteries of the natural world (ed. M. J. Benton), pp. 116-118. London: Thames & Hudson.

Benton, M.J. 2008. Human genetic variation. In The seventy great mysteries of the natural world (ed. M. J. Benton), pp. 119-122. London: Thames & Hudson.

Benton, M.J. 2008. Estimating present-day global biodiversity. In The seventy great mysteries of the natural world (ed. M. J. Benton), pp. 177-180. London: Thames & Hudson.

Brusatte, S.L. 2008. Dinosaurs. Quercus, London, 224 pp. [N.B. 44 x 36 cm in dimensions.]

Donoghue, P. C. J. 2008. Exploring the links between evolution and development. In The seventy great mysteries of the natural world (ed. M. J. Benton), pp. 127-130. London: Thames & Hudson.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Joggins Fossil Cliffs receives UNESCO World Heritage Status. Geology Today 24 (5), 12.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Marie Stopes, palaeobotanist and coal geologist. Mercian Geologist 17 (2), 61-63.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Marie Stopes: passionate about palaeobotany. Geology Today 24(4), 136-141.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Marie Stopes: a fossil plant pioneer. Rockwatch 50, 3.

Falcon-Lang, H.J. 2008. Climate change: what can the past tell us about the future? Rockwatch 50: 20-21.

Ortega, H. J. 2008. Fossil discovered in Robledos gets mythical moniker. Las Cruces Bulletin 12/05/2008, p. A8

Sahney, S. 2008. Antarctic amphibian: a fossil from 245 million years ago. Deposits Magazine 13, 27.

Sassoon, J. 2008. Claws! The creature from the brackish lagoon.Geology Today 24(2), 48-49.

Sassoon, J. 2008. Shark-toothed upstart challenges T. rexGeology Today 24(3), 86-87.