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Mr Dave Marshall

Investigations into the nature of early chelicerate cuticle

To an arthropod, the exoskeleton is truly vital. It is the surface through which all of its ecological interactions occur. It provides a defensive barrier and an offensive weapon; it protects the animal from the environment whilst still allowing it to sense it; and it enables morphological alteration through ontogeny. It's therefore surprising to realise that even though preservation of chelicerate cuticle is relatively common in some groups, little work has been done on looking at what information we can get from it.

Research keywords

  • Palaeontology
  • Chelicerates
  • Palaeozoic
  • Taphonomy
  • Micropalaeontology