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Mr Morten Lunde Nielsen

Mr Morten Lunde Nielsen

Mr Morten Lunde Nielsen

Area of research

Palaeoecology of the Sirius Passet Lagerstätte, an early Cambrian exceptional fossil fauna

Research summary

My research focuses on the taphonomy and palaeoecology of the early Cambrian Sirius Passet Lagerstätte, North Greenland. I aim to answer questions such as 'why do we get exceptionally preserved fossils' and 'how were the first modern ecosystems structured in the aftermath of the Cambrian explosion'.

Sirius Passet is an important Lagerstätte, showing a high density of exceptionally preserved soft-bodied fossils preserved as reflective films. Many of the fossils still retain labile soft tissues such as nerves, guts, and muscles which yields important morphological information about early members of the modern animal groups. Besides the classic Burgess Shale-type organic preservation ...

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Most of my research has been on the Lower Palaeozoic biotas. During my degrees, I have worked on topics such as the 'Cambrian Explosion', 'Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event', and taxonomy of the Ordovician Chasmopinae (Trilobita). Additionally, palaeontological volunteer work has brought me to USA (New Mexico, Wyoming), Canada (Alberta), New Zealand, and Portugal.


Sep 2017 – present University of Bristol, PhD

Sep 2013 – Apr 2016 University of Copenhagen, MSc in Geology

Sep 2009 – Jun 2012 University of Copenhagen, BSc in Geology

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