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Name Professor Mike Benton
Job title Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences
Department School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol
Personal web page http://www.bristol.ac.uk/earthsciences/people/mike-j-benton/overview.html
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Qualifications BSc(Aberd), PhD(N'cle)
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Keywords diversification of life
Triassic ecosystem evolution
basal diapsid phylogeny
basal archosaurs
end-Permian mass extinction
tree of life
fossil records
vertebrate palaeontology
Areas of expertise My interests include the diversification of life through time, quality of the fossil record, shapes of phylogenies, age-clade congruence, mass extinctions, Triassic ecosystem evolution, basal diapsid phylogeny, basal archosaurs and the origin of the dinosaurs.

Current research projects focus on the end-Permian mass extinction, the greatest mass extinction of all time, and especially its effects on terrestrial organisms. This involves fieldwork in Russia. I am also working on large-scale aspects of dating the tree of life, and the use of phylogenetic means to assess the quality of the rock and fossil records.