Publications

 2019

  1. Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 24-30 (doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0728-7) (Yang, Z.X., Jiang, B.Y., McNamara, M.E., Kearns, S.L., Pittman, M., Kaye, T.G., Orr, P.J., Xu, X., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Supplementary file. News & views commentary.
  2. The mosasaur fossil record through the lens of fossil completeness. Palaeontology 62, 51-75 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12381). (Driscoll, D.A., Dunhill, A.M., Stubbs, T.L. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Data for this study are available in the Dryad Digital Repository.
  3. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and biostratinomic analysis of the Jurassic Yanliao Lagerstätte in northeastern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 514, 739-753 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.09.030) (Yang, Z., Wang, S.Y., Tian, Q.Y., Wang, B., Hethke, M., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., Xu, X. and Jiang, B.Y.). pdf.
  4. Early Middle Triassic trace fossils from the Luoping Biota, southwestern China: Evidence of recovery from mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 515, 6-22 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.11.028) (Luo, M., Shi, G.R., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Chen, Z.-Q., Huang, J.Y., Zhang, Q.Y., Zhou, C.Y., and Wen, W.). pdf.
  5. Archosauromorph extinction selectivity during the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction. Palaeontology 62, 211-224 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12399) (Allen, B.J., Stubbs, T.L., Benton, M.J. and Puttick, M.N.). pdf. Supplementary file, at Dryad. Read a Scientific American blog here by Brian Switek.
  6. Reply to comments on: Macroevolutionary patterns in Rhynchocephalia: is the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) a living fossil? Palaeontology 62, 335-338 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12404) (Herrera-Flores, J., Stubbs, T.L., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  7. The Middle Triassic procolophonid Kapes bentoni: computed tomography of the skull and skeleton. Papers in Palaeontology 5, 111-138 (doi: 10.1002/spp2.1232) (Zaher, M., Coram, R.A., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  8. Does exceptional preservation distort our view of disparity in the fossil record? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286, 20190091 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0091) (Flannery Sutherland, J., Moon, B.C., Stubbs, T.L., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  9. Environmental instability prior to end-Permian mass extinction reflected in biotic and facies changes on shallow carbonate platforms of the Nanpanjiang Basin (South China). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 519, 23-36 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.05.011) (Tian, L., Tong, J.N., Xiao, Y.F., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Song, H.J., Liang, L., Wu, K., Chu, D.L., and Algeo, T.J.). pdf.
  10. Mixed continental-marine biotas following the Permian-Triassic mass extinction in South and North China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 519, 95-107 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.10.028) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Benton, M.J., Yu, J.X., and Huang, Y.F.). pdf.
  11. A diverse trackway-dominated marine ichnoassemblage from the Lower Triassic in the northern Paleotethys: Ichnology and implications for biotic recovery. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 519, 124-140 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.11.059) (Feng, X.Q., Chen, Z.-Q., Benton, M.J., Wu, S.Q., Bottjer, D.J., and Thompson, J.R.). pdf.
  12. Effects of body plan evolution on the hydrodynamic drag and energy requirements of swimming in ichthyosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286: 20182786 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2786) (Gutarra, S., Moon, B.C., Rahman, I.A., Palmer, C., Lautenschlager, S., Brimacombe, A.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file. Supplementary data.
  13. Diversity in rhynchocephalian Clevosaurus skulls based on CT reconstruction of C. hudsoni and C. cambrica. Acta Palaeontologia Polonica 64, 41-64 (doi: 10.4202/app.00569.2018). (Chambi-Trowell, S.A.V., Whiteside, D.I. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  14. A new species of Platysiagum from the Luoping Biota (Anisian, Middle Triassic, Yunnan, South China) reveals the relationship between Platysiagidae and Neopterygii. Geological Magazine 156, 669-682 (doi: 10.1017/S0016756818000079) (Wen, W., Hu, S.X., Zhang, Q.Y., Benton, M.J., Kriwet, J., Chen, Z.Q., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., and Huang, J.Y.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  15. Gondolelloid multielement conodont apparatus (Nicoraella) from the middle Triassic of Yunnan Province, southwestern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 522, 98-110 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.07.015) (Huang, J.Y., Hu, S.X., Zhang, Q.Y., Donoghue, P.C.J., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Martínez-Pérez, C., Wen, W., Xie, T., Chen, Z.-Q., Luo, M., Yao, H.Z., and Zhang, K.X.). pdf.
  16. Morphological innovation and the evolution of hadrosaurid dinosaurs. Paleobiology 45, 347-362 (doi: 10.1017/pab.2019.9) (Stubbs, T.L., Benton, M.J., Elsler, A. and Prieto-Márquez, A.). pdf. Data available from the Dryad Digital Repository.
  17. Ontogenetic stages of ceratopsian dinosaur Psittacosaurus in bone histology. Acta Palaeontologia Polonica 64, 323-334 (doi: 10.4202/app.00559.2018). (Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., Hayashi, S. and Xu, X.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  18. The stem group teleost Pachycormus (Pachycormiformes: Pachycormidae) from the Upper Lias (Lower Jurassic) of Strawberry Bank, UK. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 93, 285-302 (doi: 10.1007/s12542-018-0431-7) (Cawley, J.J., Kriwet, J., Klug, S., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  19. Archibald Geikie and the Elgin reptiles. In Betterton, J., Craig, J., Mendum, J.R., Neller, R., and Tanner, J. (eds) Aspects of the Life and Works of Archibald Geikie. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 480, 353-359 (doi: 10.1144/SP480.4). pdf.
  20. The Middle Triassic (Anisian) Otter Sandstone biota (Devon, UK): review, recent discoveries and ways ahead. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 130, 294-306 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.06.007) (Coram, R.A., Radley, J.D., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  21. The Early Triassic Jurong fish fauna, South China: age, anatomy, taphonomy, and global correlation. Global & Planetary Change 180, 33-50 (doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.05.012) (Qiu, X.C., Xu, Y.L., Chen, Z.-Q., Benton, M.J., Wen, W., and Huang, Y.C.). pdf.
  22. Ontogenetic braincase development in Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) using micro-computed tomography. PeerJ 7, e7217 (doi: 10.7717/peerj.7217) (Bullar, C.M., Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., and Ryan, M.J.). pdf.
  23. The early origin of feathers. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 34, 856-869 (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.04.018) (Benton, M.J., Dhouailly, D., Jiang, B.Y., and McNamara, M.). pdf.
  24. Apparatus architecture of the conodont Nicoraella kockeli (Gondelelloidea, Prioniodinina) constrains functional interpretations. Palaeontology 62, 823-835 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12429) (Huang, J.Y., Martínez-Pérez, C., Hu, S.X., Zhang, Q.Y., Zhang, K.X., Zhou, C.Y., Wen, W., Xie, T., Benton, M.J., Chen, Z.-Q.,Luo, M., and Donoghue, P.C.J.). pdf. Data for this study are available here and here in the University of Bristol Digital Repository.
  25. Diverse earliest Triassic ostracod fauna of the non-microbialite-bearing shallow marine carbonates of the Yangou section, South China. Lethaia 52, 583-596 (doi: 10.1111/let.12332) (Qiu, X., Tian, L., Wu, K., Benton, M.J., Sun, D., Yang, H. and Tong J.). pdf.
  26. A new crurotarsan archosaur from the Late Triassic of South Wales. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 39, e1645147
    (doi: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1645147) (Patrick, E.L., Whiteside, D.I. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  27. Convergence and functional evolution of longirostry in crocodylomorphs. Palaeontology 62, 867-887 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12432) (Ballel, A., Moon, B.C., Porro, L.B., Benton, M.J., and Rayfield, E.J.). pdf. Data for this study are available in the Dryad Digital Repository.
  28. Altered fluvial patterns in North China indicate rapid climate change linked to the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Scientific Reports 9, 16818 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-53321-z) (Zhu, Z., Liu, Y.Q., Kuang, H.W., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., Xu, H., Ji, S.A., Xu, S.C., Peng, N., and Zhai, Q.G). pdf. Supplementary data.

The following papers have been published online, but are not paginated yet

  1. Middle Triassic conodont apparatus architecture revealed by synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Palaeoworld online before print (doi: 10.1016/j.palwor.2018.08.003) (Huang, J.Y., Martínez-Pérez, C., Hu, S.X., Donoghue, P.C.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Zhou, C.Y., Wen, W., Benton, M.J., Luo, M., Yao, H.Z., and Zhang, K.X.). pdf.
  2. Microvertebrates from the Wadhurst Clay Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Ashdown Brickworks, East Sussex, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association online before print (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2019.08.003) (Turmine-Juhel, P., Wilks, R., Brockhurst, D., Austen, P.A., Duffin, C.J. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Data for this study are available here.
  3. Morphological disparity in theropod jaws: comparing discrete characters and geometric morphometrics. Palaeontology online before print (doi: 10.1111/pala.12455). (Schaeffer, J., Benton, M.J., Rayfield, E.J. and Stubbs, T. L.). pdf. Data for this study are available in the Dryad Digital Repository.
  4. The oldest lambeosaurine dinosaur from Europe: insights into the arrival of Tsintaosaurini. Cretaceous Research online MS before print (doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2019.104286) (Conti, S., Vila, B., Sellés, A.G., Galobart, À., Benton, M.J., Prieto-Márquez, A.). pdf. Supplementary data as a zip file.

2018

  1. On formation-based sampling proxies and why they should not be used to correct the fossil record. Palaeontology 61, 119-132 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12331) (Dunhill, A.M., Hannisdal, B., Brocklehurst, N., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file, at Dryad.
  2. First workshop on the Carnian Pluvial Episode (Late Triassic): a report. Albertiana 44, 49-57. (Dal Corso, J., Benton, M.J., Bernardi, M., Franz, M., Gianolla, P., Hohn, S., … Zhang, Y.) pdf.
  3. Tetrapod distribution and temperature rise during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285, 20172331 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2331) (Bernardi, M., Petti, F.M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplement. Data.
  4. Dinosaur diversification linked with the Carnian Pluvial Episode. Nature Communications 9, art. 1499 (doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03996-1) (Bernardi, M., Gianolla, P., Petti, F. M., Mietto, P., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. A new millipede (Diplopoda, Helminthomorpha) from the Middle Triassic Luoping biota of Yunnan, Southwest China. Journal of Paleontology 92, 478-487 (doi: 10.1017/jpa.2017.93) (Huang, J.Y., Hannibal, J.T., Feldmann, R.M., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X., Schweitzer, C.E., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Wen, W., and Xie, T.). pdf.
  6. The terrestrial fauna of the Late Triassic Pant-y-ffynnon Quarry fissures, South Wales, UK and a new species of Clevosaurus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 129, 99-119 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.11.001) (Keeble, E., Whiteside, D.I., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  7. A Rhaetian microvertebrate fauna from Stowey Quarry, Somerset, U.K. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 129, 144-158 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2010.02.001) (Cavicchini, I., Heyworth, H.C., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  8. Fossilized skin reveals coevolution with feathers and metabolism in feathered dinosaurs and early birds. Nature Communications 9, art. 2072 (doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04443-x) (McNamara, M.E., Zhang, F., Kearns, S.L., Orr, P.J., Toulouse, A., Foley, T., Hone, D.W.E., Rogers, C.S., Benton, M.J., Johnson, D., Xu, X., and Zhou, Z.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  9. Taxonomic reassessment of Clevosaurus latidens Fraser, 1993 (Lepidosauria, Rhynchocephalia) and rhynchocephalian phylogeny based on parsimony and Bayesian inference. Journal of Paleontology 92, 734-742 (doi: 10.1017/jpa.2017.136) (Herrera-Flores, J.A., Stubbs, T.L., Elsler, A., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  10. Non-integumentary melanosomes can bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrates. Nature Communications 9, art. 2878 (doi: 10.1038//s41467-018-05148-x) (McNamara, M.E., Kaye, J.S., Benton, M.J., Orr, P.J., Rossi, V., Ito, S., and Wakamatsu, K.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  11. Limuloid trackways from Permian-Triassic continental successions of North China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 508, 71-90 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.07.022) (Shu, W.C., Tong, J.N., Benton, M.J., Chu, D.L., Yu, J.X., and Guo, W.W.). pdf.
  12. Triassic extinctions and explosions. Geoscientist 28(8), 10-15 (Ruffell, A., Dal Corso, J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  13. Hyperthermal-driven mass extinctions: killing models during the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series A 376, 20170076 (doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0076). pdf.
  14. Microvertebrates from the basal Rhaetian Bone Bed (latest Triassic) at Aust Cliff, S.W. England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 129, 635-653 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2018.06.002) (Cross, S.R.R., Ivanovski, N., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., Parker, A., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary data.
  15. Framboidal pyrite evidence for persistent low oxygen levels in shallow-marine facies of the Nanpanjiang Basin during the Permian-Triassic transition. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 511, 243-255 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.08.012) (Xiao, Y.F., Wu, K., Tian, L., Benton, M.J., Du, Y., Yang, H., and Tong, J.N.). pdf.
  16. The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the origin of dinosaurs. Journal of the Geological Society 175, 1019-1026 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2018-049) (Benton, M.J., Bernardi, M., and Kinsella, C.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  17. Multifaceted disparity approach reveals dinosaur herbivory flourished before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Paleobiology 44, 620-637 (doi: 10.1017/pab.2018.26) (Nordén, K.K., Stubbs, T.L., Prieto-Márquez, A. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.

2017

  1. Live birth in an archosauromorph reptile. Nature Communications 8, art. 14445 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms14445) (Liu, J., Organ, C.L., Benton, M.J., Brandley, M.C. and Aitchison, J.C.). pdf. Supplementary file. Supplementary data. Article in ‘The Conversation’.
  2. The impact of the Pull of the Recent on the fossil record of tetrapods. Evolutionary Ecology Research 18, 7-23 (Sahney, S. and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  3. Response to: Phylogenetic placement, developmental trajectories and evolutionary implications of a feathered dinosaur tail in Mid-Cretaceous amber. Current Biology 27, R216-R217 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.008) (Xing, L., McKellar, R.C., Xu, X., Li, G., Bai, M., Persons, W.S., IV, Miyashita, T., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wolfe, A.P., Yi, Q.R., Tseng, K.W., Ran, H., and Currie, P.J.). pdf.
  4. Cellular preservation of musculoskeletal specializations in the Cretaceous bird Confuciusornis. Nature Communications 8, art. 14779 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms14779) (Jiang, B.Y., Zhao, T., Regnault, S., Edwards, N.P., Kohn, S.C., Li, Z.H., Wogelius, R.A., Benton, M.J. and Hutchinson, J.R.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  5. Microbial mats in the terrestrial Lower Triassic of North China and implications for the Permian-Triassic mass extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 474, 214-231 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.013) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.J., Song, H.Y., Benton, M.J., Tian, L., and Guo, W.W.). pdf
  6. ‘Residual diversity estimates’ do not correct for sampling bias in palaeodiversity data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8, 453-459 (doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12666) (Sakamoto, M., Venditti, C., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  7. Taphonomy and palaeobiology of early Middle Triassic coprolites from the Luoping biota, southwest China: Implications for reconstruction of fossil food webs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 474, 232-246 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.001) (Luo, M., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Shi, G.R., Zhao, L.S., Huang, J.Y., Song, H.J., Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Fang, Y.H., Huang, Y.G., and Chen, Z.Q.). pdf
  8. Assessing sampling of the fossil record in a geographically and stratigraphically constrained dataset: the Chalk Group of Hampshire, southern UK. Journal of the Geological Society174, 509-521 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2016-093) (Walker, F.M., Dunhill, A.M., Woods, M.A., Newell, A.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  9. Macroevolutionary patterns in Rhynchocephalia: is the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) a living fossil? Palaeontology 60, 319-328 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12284) (Herrera-Flores, J., Stubbs, T.L., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file, at Dryad.
  10. Biostratigraphy and geometric morphometrics of conchostracans (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) from the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Cromhall Quarry, UK. Palaeontology 60, 349-374 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12288) (Morton, J.D., Whiteside, D.I., Hethke, M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file, at Dryad.
  11. On the purported presence of fossilized collagen fibres in an ichthyosaur and a theropod dinosaur. Palaeontology 60, 409-422 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12292) (Smithwick, F.M., Mayr, G., Saitta, E.T., Benton, M.J., and Vinther, J.). pdf.
  12. The first discovery of crinoids and cephalopod hooklets in the British Triassic. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 128, 360-373 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.03.005) (Landon, E.N.U., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., Davies, T.G., Simms, M.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  13. Leptolepid otoliths from the Hauterivian (Lower Cretaceous) Lower Weald Clay (southern England). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 128, 613-625 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.05.001) (Flannery Sutherland, J. T., Austen, P.A., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  14. Fossilization of soft tissues. National Science Review 4, 512-513. pdf.
  15. Body length of bony fishes was not a selective factor during the biggest mass extinction of all time. Palaeontology 60, 727-741 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12309) (Puttick, M.N., Kriwet, J., Wen, W., Hu, S.X., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file, at Dryad.
  16. Exceptional appendage and soft-tissue preservation in a Middle Triassic horseshoe crab from SW China. Scientific Reports 7, 14112 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13319-x) (Hu, S.-X., Zhang, Q.-Y., Feldmann, R.M., Benton, M.J., Schweitzer, C.E., Huang, J.Y., Wen, W., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Lü, T. and Hong, S.G.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  17. Untangling the dinosaur family tree. Nature 551, E1-E3 (doi: 10.1038/nature24011) (Langer, M.C., Ezcurra, M.D., Rauhut, O.W.M., Benton, M.J., Knoll, F., McPhee, B.W., Novas, F.E., Pol, D., and Brusatte, S.L.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  18. Trophic and tectonic limits to the global increase of marine invertebrate diversity. Scientific Reports 7, 15969 (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-16257-w) (Cermeño, P., Benton, M.J., Paz, O. and Vérard, C.). pdf.
  19. Russia-UK collaboration in paleontology: past, present, and future. Paleontological Journal 51, 576-599 (doi: 10.1134/S0031030117060028) (Benton, M.J., Briggs, D.E.G., Clack, J.A., Edwards, D., Galway-Witham, J., Stringer, C.B., and Turvey, S.). pdf.

2016

  1. Digit-only sauropod pes trackways from China – evidence of swimming or a preservational phenomenon? Scientific Reports 6, article no. 21138 (doi: 10.1038/srep21138) (Xing, L.D., Li, D.Q., Falkingham, P.L., Lockley, M.G., Benton, M.J., Klein, H., Zhang, J.P., Ran, H., Persons, W.S., and Dai, H.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  2. The challenges to inferring the regulators of biodiversity in deep time. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B 371, 20150216 (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0216) (Ezard, T.H.G., Quental, T.B., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  3. Radiation and extinction: investigating clade dynamics in deep time. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118, 6-12 (doi: 10.1111/bij.12763) (Goswami, A., Mannion, P.D., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  4. The Rhaetian vertebrates of Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, UK, a comparative study. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 127, 40-52 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.02.010) (Lakin, R.J., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  5. Dating Placentalia: morphological clocks fail to close the molecular-fossil gap. Evolution 70, 873-886 (doi: 10.1111/evo.12907) (Puttick, M.N., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  6. Dinosaurs in decline tens of millions of years before their final extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 113, 5036-5040 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521478113) (Sakamoto, M., Benton, M.J., and Venditti, C.). pdf. Article in ‘The Conversation’.
  7. A new Minisauripus site from the Lower Cretaceous of China: Tracks of small adults or juveniles? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 452, 28-39 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.006) (Xing, L., Lockley, M.G., Yang, G., Cao, J., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., Zhang, J.P., Klein, H., Persons, W.S., IV, Kim, J.Y., Peng, G.Z., Ye, Y., and Ran, H.). pdf.
  8. The Late Triassic and Early Jurassic fissure faunas from Bristol and South Wales. Palaeontologia Polonica 67, 257-287 (Whiteside, D.I., Duffin, C.J., Gill, P.G., Marshall, J.E.A., and Benton, M.J.) (doi: 10.4202/pp.2016.67_257). pdf.
  9. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Nature Communications 7, 12089 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms12089) (Xing, L., McKellar, R.C., Wang, M., Bai, M., O’Connor, J.K., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wang, Y., Tseng, K.W., Lockley, M.G., Li, G., Zhang, W.W., and Xu, X.). pdf. Supplementary data. Nature news story. Article in ‘The Conversation’.
  10. Dynamics of dental evolution in ornithopod dinosaurs. Scientific Reports 6, 28904 (doi: 10.1038/srep28904) (Strickson, E., Prieto-Márquez, A., Benton, M.J., and Stubbs, T.L.). pdf. Supplementary data 1. Supplementary data 2.
  11. The Chinese pareiasaurs. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 127, 813-853 (doi: 10.1111/zoj.12389). pdf.
  12. Severe selenium depletion in the Phanerozoic oceans as a factor in three global mass extinction events. Gondwana Research 36, 209-218 (doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2015.10.001) (Long, J.A., Large, R.R., Lee, M.S.Y., Benton, M.J., Danyushevsky, L.V., Chiappe, L.M., Halpin, J.A., Cantrill, D., and Lottermoser, B.). pdf. Read a discussion at ‘The Conversation’ by John Long here.
  13. Microvertebrates from multiple bone beds in the Rhaetian of the M4-M5 motorway junction, South Gloucestershire, U.K. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 127, 464-477 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.07.001) (Slater, T.S., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., Davies, T.G., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  14. The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 127, 478-505 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003) (Mears, E.M., Rossi, V., MacDonald, E., Coleman, G., Davies, T.G., Arias-Riesgo, C., Hildebrandt, C., Thiel, H., Duffin, C.J., Whiteside, D.I., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  15. Belowground rhizomes in paleosols: The hidden half of an Early Devonian vascular plant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 113, 9451-9456 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605051113) (Xue, J.Z., Deng, Z.Z., Huang, P., Huang, K.J., Benton, M.J., Cui, Y., Wang, D.M., Liu, J.B., Shen, B., Basinger, J.F., and Hao, S.G.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  16. Fish and tetrapod communities across a marine to brackish salinity gradient in the Pennsylvanian (early Moscovian) Minto Formation of New Brunswick, Canada, and their palaeoecological and palaeogeographical implications. Palaeontology 59, 689-724 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12249) (Ó Gogáin, A., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Carpenter, D.K., Miller, R.F., Benton, M.J., Pufahl, P.K., Ruta, M., Davies, T.G., Hinds, S.J., and Stimson, M.R.). pdf.
  17. Biostratigraphic correlation and mass extinction during the Permian-Triassic transition in terrestrial-marine siliciclastic settings of South China. Global & Planetary Change 146, 67-88 (doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.09.009) (Chu, D.L., Yu, J.X., Tong, J.N., Benton, M.J., Song, H.J., Huang, Y.F., Song, T., and Tian, L.). pdf
  18. Ecomorphological diversifications of Mesozoic marine reptiles: the roles of ecological opportunity and extinction. Paleobiology 42, 547-573 (doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.15) (Stubbs, T.L. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  19. Palaeontology: dinosaurs, boneheads and recovery from extinction. Current Biology 26, R882-R902 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.07.029). pdf.
  20. Origins of biodiversity. PLoS Biology 14(11), e2000724 (doi: 10.1371/journal. pbio.2000724). pdf. In the top-50 most downloaded PLoS Biology articles of 2016.
  21. The Triassic. Current Biology 26, R1214-R1218 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.060). pdf.
  22. A feathered dinosaur tail with primitive plumage trapped in mid-Cretaceous amber. Current Biology 26, 3352-3360 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.008) (Xing, L., McKellar, R.C., Xu, X., Li, G., Bai, M., Persons, W.S., IV, Miyashita, T., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wolfe, A.P., Yi, Q.R., Tseng, K.W., Ran, H., and Currie, P.J.). pdf. Supplementary file. Selected as the Number 1 scientifically influential fossil story of 2016 by Earth Archives. Top-ten Altmetric score for 2017, and highest-ever Altmetric score for Current Biology.

2015

  1. Latest Triassic marine sharks and bony fishes from a bone bed preserved in a burrow system, from Devon, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 130-142 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.11.004) (Korneisel, D., Gallois, R.W., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  2. Constraints on the timescale of animal evolutionary history. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.1.1FC, 1-106 (Benton, M.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., Asher, R.J., Friedman, M., Near, T.J., and Vinther, J.). pdf.
  3. Mesozoic echinoid diversity in Portugal: investigating fossil record quality and environmental constraints on a regional scale. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology424, 132-146 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.02.014) (Pereira, B.C., Benton, M.J., Ruta, M., and Mateus, O.). pdf.
  4. The Chinese Pompeii? Death and destruction of dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous of Lujiatun, NE China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 427, 89-99 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.03.037) (Rogers, C.S., Hone, D.W.E., McNamara, M.E., Zhao, Q., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S.L., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  5. The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases. Palaeontology 58, 521-536 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12158) (Cleary, T.J., Moon, B.C., Dunhill, A.M., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Supplementary file. All data and supplements are located here.
  6. A re-evaluation of goniopholidid crocodylomorph material from Central Asia: biogeographic and phylogenetic implications. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60, 291-312 (doi: 10.4202/app.2013.0018) (Halliday, T.J.D., Andrade, M.B. de, Benton, M.J., and Efimov, M.B.). pdf. Supplementary file
  7. Early Triassic wrinkle structures on land: stressed environments and oases for life. Scientific Reports 5, 10109 (doi: 10.1038/srep10109) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Bottjer, D.J., Song, H.Y., and Tian, L.). pdf.
  8. Stepwise evolution of Palaeozoic tracheophytes from South China: Contrasting leaf disparity and taxic diversity. Earth-Science Reviews 148, 77-93 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.05.013) (Xue, J.Z., Huang, P., Ruta, M., Benton, M.J., Hao, S.G., Xiong, C.H., Wang D.M., Cascales-Miñana, B., Wang, Q., and Liu, L.). pdf.
  9. Exploring macroevolution using modern and fossil data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282, 20150569. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0569) (Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  10. A distinctive Late Triassic microvertebrate fissure fauna and a new species of Clevosaurus (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) from Woodleaze Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 402-416 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.05.003) (Klein, C.G., Whiteside, D.I., Selles de Lucas, V., Viegas, P.A., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  11. Lilliput effect in freshwater ostracods during the Permian-Triassic extinction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 435, 38-52 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.003) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Qiu, X.C., Huang, Y.F., and Tian, L.). pdf. Supplementary file
  12. Early Pennsylvanian (Langsettian) fish assemblages from the Joggins Formation, Canada, and their implications for palaeoecology and palaeogeography. Palaeontology 58, 661-690 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12164) (Carpenter, D.K., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Grey, M.). pdf.
  13. The skull and endocranium of a Lower Jurassic ichthyosaur based on digital reconstructions. Palaeontology 58, 732-745 (doi: 10.111/pala.12174) (Marek, R.D., Moon, B.C., Williams, M., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file
  14. The Fossil Calibration Database, a new resource for divergence dating. Systematic Biology 65, 853-859 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv025)(Ksepka, D.T., Parham, J.F., Allman, J.F., Benton, M.J., Carrano, M.T., Cranston, K.A., Donoghue, P.C.J., Head, J.J., Hermsen, E.J., Irmis, R.B., Joyce, W.G., Kohli, M., Lamm, K.S., Leehr, D., Patané, J.S.L., Polly, P.D., Phillips, M.J., Smith, N.A., Smith, N.D., Van Tuinen, M., Ware, J.L., and Warnock, R.C.M.). pdf.
  15. Complete biotic and sedimentary records of the Permian-Triassic transition from Meishan section, South China: Ecologically assessing mass extinction and its aftermath. Earth-Science Reviews, 149, 67-107 (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.10.005) (Chen, Z.-Q., Yang, H., Luo, M., Benton, M.J., Kaiho, K., Zhao, L.S., Huang, Y.G., Zhang, K.X., Fang, Y.H., Jiang, H.S., Qiu, H., Li, Y., Tu, C.Y., Shi, L., Zhang, L., Feng, Z.Q., and Chen, L.). pdf.
  16. A marine vertebrate fauna from the Late Triassic of Somerset, and a review of British placodonts. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 564-581 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.07.001) (Nordén, K.K., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  17. Palaeodiversity and formation counts: redundancy or bias? Palaeontology 58, 1003-1029 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12191). pdf. Download the data here.
  18. The Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte reveals insights into Early Jurassic life. Journal of the Geological Society 172, 683-692 (doi: 10.1144/jgs2014-144) (Williams, M., Benton, M.J., and Ross, A.). pdf.
  19. Reply to the comment on Chu et al., “Lilliput effect in freshwater ostracods during the Permian-Triassic extinction” [Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 435 (2015): 38-52. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 440, 863-865 (doi: : 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.018) (Chu, D.L., Tong, J.N., Song, H.J., Benton, M.J., Song, H.Y., Qiu, X.C., Huang, Y.F., and Tian, L.). pdf.
  20. Microvertebrates from the classic Rhaetian bone beds of Manor Farm Quarry, near Aust (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 126, 762-776 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.09.002) (Allard, H., Carpenter, S.C., Duffin, C.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file

2014

  1. Marine flooding event in continental Triassic facies identified by a nothosaur and placodont bonebed (South Iberian Paleomargin). Facies 60, 277-293 (doi: 10.1007/s10347-013-0360-6) (Reolid, M., Pérez-Valera, F., Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  2. Models for the rise of the dinosaurs. Current Biology 24, R87-R95 (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.11.063) (Benton, M.J., Forth, J., and Langer, M.C.). pdf.
  3. Impacts of global warming on Permo-Triassic terrestrial ecosystems. Gondwana Research 25, 1308-1337 (doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2012.12.010) (Benton, M.J. and Newell, A.J.) pdf.
  4. Testing the fossil record: sampling proxies and scaling in the British Triassic-Jurassic. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 404, 1-11 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.03.026) (Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Twitchett, R.J., and Newell, A.J.) pdf.
  5. High rates of evolution preceded the origin of birds. Evolution 68, 1497-1510 (doi: 10.1111/evo.12363) (Puttick, M.N., Thomas, G.H., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file. Working data.
  6. Complex rostral neurovascular system in a giant pliosaur. Naturwissenschaften 101, 453-456 (doi: 10.1007/s00114-014-1173-3) (Foffa, D., Sassoon, J., Cuff, A.R., Mavrogordato, M.N., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. This was discussed in a story in New Scientist here.
  7. Nothosaur foraging tracks from the Middle Triassic of southwestern China. Nature Communications 5, 3973 (doi:10.1038/ncomms4973) (Zhang, Q.Y., Wen, W., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Lü, T., Huang, J.Y., Choo, B., Chen, Z.-Q., Liu, J., and Zhang, Q.C.). pdf. Supplement pdf.
  8. Vertebrates from the Late Triassic Thecodontosaurus-bearing rocks of Durdham Down, Clifton (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 125, 317-328 (doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2014.02.002) (Foffa, D., Whiteside, D.I., Viegas, P. A., and Benton, M.J.) pdf.
  9. Functional anatomy and feeding biomechanics of a giant Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Weymouth Bay, Dorset, UK. Journal of Anatomy 225, 209-219 (doi: 10.1111/joa.12200) (Foffa, D., Cuff, A.R., Sassoon, J., Rayfield, E.J., Mavrogordato, M.N., and Benton, M.J.) pdf. Supplementary file.
  10. A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales. Science 345, 451-455 (doi: 10.1126/science.1253351) (Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., and Spagna, P.). pdf. Supplementary file.
  11. Evolution: How birds became birds. Science 345, 508-509 (doi: 10.1126/science.1257633). pdf.
  12. Sea surface temperature contributes to marine crocodylomorph evolution. Nature Communications 5, 4658 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms5658) (Martin, J.,E., Amiot, C., Lécuyer, and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Download Supplementary Excel file.
  13. Disentangling rock record bias and common-cause from redundancy in the British fossil record. Nature Communications 5, 4818 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms5818) (Dunhill, A.M., Hannisdal, B.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Download Supplementary file. Download Supplementary Excel file.
  14. Filling the ceratosaur gap: A new ceratosaurian theropod from the Early Cretaceous of Spain. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59, 581-600 (doi: 10.4202/app.2011.0144) (Sánchez-Hernández, B. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  15. The Bristol Dinosaur Project – a conservation and preparation overview. Journal of Paleontological Techniques 13, 50-64 (Viegas, P.A. and Benton, M.J.). pdf.
  16. Response to Comment on “A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales”. Science 346, 343-c (doi: 10.1126/science.1260146) (Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., and Spagna, P.). pdf.
  17. Carboniferous (Tournaisian) fish assemblages from the Isle of Bute, Scotland: systematics and palaeoecology. Palaeontology 57, 1215-1240 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12112) (Carpenter, D.K., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Benton, M.J., and Henderson, E.). pdf.
  18. A gigantic nothosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Middle Triassic of SW China and its implication for the Triassic biotic recovery. Nature Scientific Reports 4, 7142 (doi: 10.1038/srep07142) (Liu, J., Hu, S.X., Rieppel, O., Jiang, D.Y., Benton, M.J., Kelley, N.P., Aitchison, J.C., Zhou,C.Y., Wen, W., Huang, J.Y., Xie, Y., and Lv, T.). pdf.
  19. Juvenile-only clusters and behaviour of the Early Cretaceous dinosaur Psittacosaurus. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59, 827-833 (doi: 10.4202/app.2012.0128) (Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., and Sander, M.J.). pdf. Supplementary file
  20. Defining the discipline of geobiology. National Science Review 1, 483-485 (doi: 10.1093/nsr/nwu052) (Benton, M.J. and Xie, S.C.). pdf.

2013

  1. Origins of biodiversity. Palaeontology 56, 1-7 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12012). pdf.
  2. The first half of tetrapod evolution, sampling proxies, and fossil record quality. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 372, 18-41 (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.09.005) (Benton, M.J., Ruta, M., Dunhill, A.M., and Sakamoto, M.). pdf. The Early Tetrapod Database. Supporting data.
  3. Coelacanths from the Middle Triassic Luoping Biota, Yunnan, South China, with the earliest evidence of ovoviviparity. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58, 175-193 (doi: 10.4202/app.2011.0066) (Wen, W., Zhang, Q.Y., Hu, S.X., Benton, M.J., Zhou, C.Y., Xie, T., Huang, J.-Y., and Chen, Z.Q.). pdf.
  4. Completeness of the fossil record and the validity of sampling proxies: a case study from the Triassic of England and Wales. Journal of the Geological Society 170, 291-300 (Dunhill, A.M., Benton, M.J., Newell, A.J., and Twitchett, R.J.) (doi: 10.1144/jgs2012-025). pdf. Supporting data (compressed folder).
  5. Primary feather lengths may not be important for inferring the flight styles of Mesozoic birds. Lethaia 46, 146-153 (doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2012.00325.x) (Chan, N.J., Dyke, G.J., and Benton, M.J.). pdf. Supporting data.
  6. Histology and postural change during the growth of the ceratopsian dinosaur Psittacosaurus lujiatunensis. Nature Communications 4, 2079 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms3079) (Zhao, Q., Benton, M.J., Sullivan, C., Sander, P.M., and Xu, X.). pdf. Supporting data.
  7. The first specimen of the Middle Triassic Phalarodon atavus (Ichthyosauria: Mixosauridae) from South China, showing postcranial anatomy and peri-Tethyan distribution. Palaeontology 56, 849-866 (doi: 10.1111/pala.12021) (Liu, J., Motani, R., Jiang, D.Y., Hu, S.X., Aitchison, J.C., Rieppel, O., Benton, M.J., Zhang, Q.Y., Zhou, C.Y.). pdf.
  8. A new shrimp (Decapoda, Dendrobranchiata, Penaeoidea) from th