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Dr John Cunningham

Dr John Cunningham

Dr John Cunningham
BSc(Edin), MSc(Bristol), PhD(Liv)

Research Fellow

Area of research

Understanding the fossil evidence for major transitions in early evolution

Office LS113
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41353

Research summary

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.

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Recent publications

  • Davies, T, Rahman, I, Lautenschlager, S, Cunningham, JA, Asher, RJ, Barrett, PM, Bates, KT, Bengtson, S, Benson, RBJ, Boyer, DM, Braga, J, Bright, JA, Claessens, LPAM, Cox, PG, Dong, X-P, Evans, AR, Falkingham, PL, Friedman, M, Garwood, RJ, Goswami, A, Hutchinson, JR, Jeffery, NS, Johanson, Z, Lebrun, R, Martínez-Pérez, C, Marugán-Lobón, J, O'Higgins, PM, Metscher, B, Orliac, M, Rowe, TB, Rücklin, M, Sánchez-Villagra, MR, Shubin, NH, Smith, SY, Starck, JM, Stringer, C, Summers, AP, Sutton, MD, Walsh, SA, Weisbecker, V & others 2017, ‘Open data and digital morphology’. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 284.
  • 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.

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