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Dr John Cunningham

Dr John Cunningham

Dr John Cunningham
B.Sc.(Edin.), M.Sc.(Bristol), PhD(Liv.)


Area of research

Understanding the fossil evidence for major transitions in early evolution

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Research summary

I am a teaching fellow based in the School of Earth Sciences. I am responsible for supervising and mentoring students on the Palaeobiology M.Sc. programme as well as teaching on the undergraduate Palaeontology and Evolution programmes. My research aims to understand the fossil evidence for major transitions in early evolution such as the origin of cells, eukaryotes, multicellularity and animals. Recent research has focused on fossilized animal embryos from the Cambrian and lowermost Ordovician, as well as the embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Doushantuo biota. I have used a range of techniques in this work ranging from experimental decay ...

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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 carried out postdoctoral research in Bristol and Stockholm for ten years before taking up my current position.

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