Tag: Holly E. Barden

Holly began her academic career as a zoologist, studying for an MBiolSci at the University of Sheffield, UK (2005–09). During her Master’s year at Sheffield, she did research on the sexual dimorphism of stegosaurs under the supervision of Prof. Charles Wellman and Dr Susannah Maidment. In 2009 she moved to the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK, where she is currently working as a PhD student. Her work centres on the study of fossil biomarkers and the preservation of fossil pigments; she is supervised by Drs Roy Wogelius, Bart van Dongen and Phil Manning.

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Holy E. Barden, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Fossil Focus: The preservation of colour

Fossil Focus
by Holly E. Barden*1 Introduction: Colour is important in modern ecosystems, but the colours of extinct organisms are very rarely preserved in the fossil record. Colouration is most commonly seen in fossilized brachiopod shells and arthropod carapaces; however, establishing that these colours are original and not artefacts of fossilization processes is difficult. Until recently, few studies have attempted to do so, but within the past few years the subject has become an active area of research, with significant developments. There have been several studies investigating the morphological and geochemical evidence of pigments in birds and dinosaurs, as well as work on the colouration of insects. Such analyses have paved the way for major leaps forward in our understanding of the behaviour ...