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Dr John Cunningham
Dr John Cunningham
BSc(Edin), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Liv)
Area of research
Understanding the fossil evidence for major transitions in early evolution
I am currently a NERC postdoctoral fellow based in the School of Earth Sciences. My current research aims to understand the fossil evidence for major transitions in early evolution such as the origin of cells, eukaryotes, multicellularity and animals.
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I completed a B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Edinburgh (2000), followed by an M.Sc. in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (2002) and a Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool (2008). I have carried out postdoctoral research in Bristol for the past five years.
- fossilized embryos
- early animal evolution
- the Doushantuo biota
School of Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences staff
- Davies, T, Rahman, I, Lautenschlager, S, Cunningham, J, Asher, RJ, Paul, Barrett, M, Bates, K, Bengtson, S, Benson, RBJ, Boyer, D, Braga, J, Bright, J, Claessens, L, Cox, PG, Dong, X, Evans, AR, Falkingham, PL, Friedman, M, Garwood, R, Goswami, A, Hutchinson, JR, Jeffery, N, Johanson, Z, Lebrun, R, Martinez-Perez, C, Marugán-Lobón, J, O'Higgins, P, Metscher, B, Orliac, M, Rowe, TB, Rucklin, M, Sanchez-Villagra, M, Shubin, N, Smith, SY, Starck, JM, Stringer, C, Summers, A, Sutton, MD, Walsh, SA & others 2017, Open data and digital morphology: Open data and digital morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences.
- Cunningham, JA, Liu, AG, Bengtson, S & Donoghue, PCJ, 2017, The origin of animals: can molecular clocks and the fossil record be reconciled?. BioEssays, vol 39.
- Cunningham, J, Vargas, K, Yin, Z, Bengtson, S & Donoghue, P, 2017, The Weng’an Biota (Doushantuo Formation): an Ediacaran window on soft bodied and multicellular microorganisms. Journal
of the Geological Society.
- Cunningham, JA, Vargas, K, Marone, F, Bengtson, S & Donoghue, PCJ, 2016, A multicellular organism with embedded cell clusters from the Ediacaran Weng'an biota (Doushantuo Formation, South China). Evolution and Development, vol 18., pp. 308-316
- Dong, XP, Vargas, K, Cunningham, JA, Zhang, H, Liu, T, Chen, F, Liu, J, Bengtson, S & Donoghue, PCJ, 2016, Developmental biology of the Early Cambrian cnidarian Olivooides. Palaeontology, vol 59., pp. 387-407
- Butler, AD, Cunningham, JA, Budd, GE & Donoghue, PCJ, 2015, Experimental taphonomy of artemia reveals the role of endogenous microbes in mediating decay and fossilization. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 282., pp. 1-10
- Donoghue, PCJ, Cunningham, JA, Dong, XP & Bengtson, S, 2015, Embryology in deep time. in: Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates 1: Introduction, Non-Bilateria, Acoelomorpha, Xenoturbellida, Chaetognatha. Springer-Verlag Vienna, pp. 45-63
- Cunningham, JA, Vargas, KM, Pengju, L, Belivanova, V, Marone, F, Martínez-Pérez, C, Guizar-Sicairos, M, Holler, M, Bengtson, S & Donoghue, PCJ, 2015, Critical appraisal of tubular putative eumetazoans from the Ediacaran Weng’an Doushantuo biota. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 282.
- Cunningham, JA, Rahman, IA, Lautenschlager, S, Rayfield, EJ & Donoghue, PCJ, 2014, A virtual world of paleontology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol 29., pp. 347-357
- Fothergill, J, Li, M, Davis, SA, Cunningham, JA & Mann, S, 2014, Nanoparticle-based membrane assembly and silicification in coacervate microdroplets as a route to complex colloidosomes. Langmuir, vol 30., pp. 14591-14596
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