John Cunningham


John is a palaeontologist in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK. His recent research has involved trying to understand the controversial embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation of China. In particular, he has used a range of techniques to study how decay and mineralization have affected the organisms after death. This has helped palaeontologists to gain a better understanding of the fossils’ original biological structure and their position in the tree of life. For John’s PhD at the University of Liverpool, UK, he studied the evolution of larval strategies in Cretaceous sea urchins. Before that, he earned a BSc in geology at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and an MSc in palaeobiology at the University of Bristol.

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Dr. John Cunningham, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, United Kingdom.

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Fossil Focus: Animal embryos

by John Cunningham*1 Introduction: Animal embryos are small (typically less than 1 millimetre across), soft and squidgy, so it was traditionally considered impossible for them to be preserved in the fossil record. However, over the past 15 years or so … Continue reading

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