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Professor Sarah Gabbott

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  • Williams, M., Gabbott, S.E., Hou, X., Siveter, D., Siveter, D., Ma, X., Sansom, R.A. new species of the artiopodan arthropod Acanthomeridion from the lower Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstaette, China, and the phylogenetic significance of the genus. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. In press.
  • Purnell, M.A., Donoghue, P., Gabbott, S.E., McNamara, M., Murdock, D., & Sansom, R. (n.d.). Frontiers Review: Experimental analysis of soft-tissue fossilization – opening the black box. Palaeontology. In press.
  • McCoy, V. E., Soriano, C., & Gabbott, S.E. (2018). A review of preservational variation of fossil inclusions in amber of different chemical groups. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S1755691017000391
  • Gabbott, S.E., Browning, C., Theron, J.N., & Whittle, R.J. (2017). The late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte: an extraordinary post-glacial fossil and sedimentary record. Journal of the Geological Society, London 174(1), 1-9. doi:10.1144/jgs2016-076
  • McCoy, V.E., Boom, A., Kraemer, M.M.S., & Gabbott, S.E. (2017). The chemistry of American and African amber, copal, and resin from the genus Hymenaea. Organic Geochemistry, 113, 43-54. doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2017.08.005
  • Ma, X., Cong, P., Williams, M., Siveter, D., Siveter, D., Gabbott, S., . . . Hou, X. (2017). Host specific infestation in early Cambrian worms. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 1465-1469. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0278-4
  • Gabbott, S.E., Donoghue, P.C.J., Sansom, R.S., Vinther, J., Dolocan, A., & Purnell, M.A. (2016). Pigmented anatomy in Carboniferous cyclostomes and the evolution of the vertebrate eye. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 283(1836), 8 pages. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.1151
  • Williams, M., Siveter, D.J., Siveter, D.J., Gabbott, S.E., Ma, X., Purnell, M.A., & Cong, P. (2016). The spectacular fossils of the ‘water margin’: the Cambrian biota of Chengjiang, Yunnan, China. Geology Today, 32(6), 233-237. doi:10.1111/gto.12169
  • Clements, T., Dolocan, A., Martin, P., Purnell, M. A., Vinther, J., & Gabbott, S. E.(2016). The eyes of Tullimonstrum reveal a vertebrate affinity. Nature, 532(7600), 500-+. doi:10.1038/nature17647
  • Murdock, D. J. E., Gabbott, S. E., & Purnell, M. A. (2016). The impact of taphonomic data on phylogenetic resolution: Helenodora inopinata (Carboniferous, Mazon Creek Lagerstatte) and the onychophoran stem lineage. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16, 14 pages. doi:10.1186/s12862-016-0582-7
  • Colleary, C., Dolocan, A., Gardner, J., Singh, S., Wuttke, M., Rabenstein, R., . . . Vinther, J. (2015). Chemical, experimental, and morphological evidence for diagenetically altered melanin in exceptionally preserved fossils. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 112(41), 12592-12597. doi:10.1073/pnas.1509831112
  • Xianguang Hou, Williams, M., Siveter, D.J., Siveter, D.J., Gabbott, S.E., Holwell, D. and Harvey, T.H.P. (2014). A chancelloriid-like metazoan from the early Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstätte, China. Scientific Reports, 4, 7340. doi:10.1038/srep07340
  • Murdock, D.J.E., Gabbott, S.E., Mayer G. and Purnell, M.A. (2014). Decay of velvet worms (Onychophora), and bias in the fossil record of lobopodians. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14, 222. doi:10.1186/s12862-014-0222-z
  • Sansom, R.S.; Gabbott, S.E. and Purnell, M.A. (2013). Atlas of vertebrate decay: a visual and taphonomic guide to fossil interpretation. Palaeontology, 56, 457-474. DOI:10.1111/pala.12037
  • Sansom, R.S.; Gabbott, S.E. and Purnell, M.A. (2013). Unusual anal fin in a Devonian jawless vertebrate reveals complex origins of paired appendages. Biology Letters, DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0002
  • Aldridge, R.A., Murdoch, D.M., Gabbott, S.E., Theron, J.N. (2013). A seventeen-element conodont apparatus from the Soom Shale Lagerstätte (Upper Ordovician), South Africa. Palaeontology, 56, 261-276.
  • Gaines, R.R., Emma U. Hammarlund, E.U., Xianguang Hou, Changshi Qie, Gabbott, S.E., Yuanlong Zhaog, Jin Pengg, and Canfield, D.E. (2012). Mechanism for Burgess Shale-type preservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109, E1902.
  • Gaines, R.R., Hammarlund, E.U., Hou, X.G., Qi, C., Gabbott, S.E., Zhao, Y.L., Peng, J., and Canfield, D.E., 2012, Reply to Butterfield: Low-sulfate and early cements inhibit decay and promote Burgess Shale-type preservationProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA v. 109, E1902.
  • Ma, X., Hou, X., Aldridge, R.J., Siveter, D.J., Siveter, D.J., Gabbott, S.E., Edgecombe, G.D. (2012). Morphology of Cambrian lobopodian eyes from the Chengjiang Lagerstätte and their evolutionary significance. Arthropod Structure & Development. doi:10.1016/j.asd.2012.03.002
  • Sansom, R.S, Gabbott, S.E., and Purnell, M.A. (2011). Decay of vertebrate characters in hagfish and lamprey (Cyclostomata) and the implications for the vertebrate fossil record. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278,1150-1157. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1641
  • Harvey, T.H.P., Williams, M., Condon, D.J., Wilby, P.R., Siveter, D.J., Rushton, A. W.A., Gabbott, S.E. (2011). A refined chronology for the Cambrian succession of southern Britain. Journal of the Geological Society, 168(3), 705-716. doi:10.1144/0016-76492010-031
  • Gabbott, S.E., Zalasiewicz, J.A., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, N. (2010). Eolian input into the Late Ordovician postglacial Soom Shale, South Africa. Geology, 38(12), 1103-1106. doi:10.1130/G31426.1
  • Sansom, R.S., Gabbott, S.E., & Purnell, M.A. (2010). Non-random decay of chordate characters causes bias in fossil interpretation. Nature, 463, 797-800. doi:10.1038/nature08745
  • Sansom, R.S., Freedman, K., Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Purnell, M.A. (2010). Taphonomy and Affinity of an Enigmatic Silurian vertebrate, Jamoytius Kerwoodi White. Palaeontology, 1-17. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.01019
  • Bassett, M.G., Popov, L.E., Aldridge, R.A., Gabbott, S.E., & Theron, J.N. (2009). Brachiopoda from the Soom Shale Lagerstatte (Upper Ordovician, South Africa). Journal of Paleontology, 83(4), 614-623. doi:10.1666/08-136.1
  • Whittle, R.J., Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J. (2009). An Ordovician Lobopodian from the Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Palaeontology, 52, 561-567. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2009.00860.x
  • Vandenbroucke, T.R.A., Gabbott, S.E., Paris, F., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (2009). Chitinozoans and the age of the Soon Shale, an Ordovician black shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 28, 53-66.
  • Whittle, R., Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J. (2008). Late Ordovician (Hirnantian) scolecodont clusters from the Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 27(2), 147-159.
  • Page, A., Gabbott, S.E., Wilby, P.R., & Zalasiewicz, J.A. (2008). Ubiquitous Burgess Shale-style "clay templates" in low-grade metamorphic mudrocks. Geology, 36(11), 855-858. doi:10.1130/G24991A.1
  • Gabbott, S.E., Zalasiewicz, J.A., & Collins, D. (2008). Sedimentation of the Phyllopod Bed Within the Cambrian Burgess Shale Formation of British Columbia. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 165, 307-318. doi:10.144/0016-76492007-023
  • Whittle, R.J., Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (2007). Taphonomy and palaeoecology of a Late Ordovician caryocaridid from the Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 251(3-4), 383-397. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.04.006
  • Aldridge, R.J., Hou, X.G., Siveter, D.J., Siveter, D.J., & Gabbott, S.E. (2007). The Systematics and phylogenetic relationships of vetulicolians. Palaeontology, 50(1), 131-168. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00606.x
  • Aldridge, R.J., Gabbott, S.E., Siveter, L.J., & Theron, J.N. (2006). Bromalites from the Soom Shale Lagerstätte (Upper Ordovician) of South Africa: palaeoecological and palaeobiological implication. Palaeontology, 49(4), 857-871. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00570.x
  • Gabbott, S.E., Norry., J,M., Hou., Xian-guang., Siveter, D.J. (2004). Preservation of Lower Cambrian animals of the Chengjiang biota. Geology, 32(10), 901-904. doi:10.1130/G20640.1
  • Gabbott, S.E., Siveter, D.J., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (2003). The earliest myodocopes: ostracodes from the late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstätte of South Africa. Lethaia, 36(3), 151-160. doi:10.1080/00241160310004620
  • Gabbott, S.E., Norry, M.J., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (2001). Preservation of fossils in clay minerals; a unique example from the Upper Ordovician Soom Shale, South Africa. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 53(3), 237-244.
  • Gabbott, S.E. (1999). Orthoconic cephalopods and associated fauna from the late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Palaeontology, 42, 567-568.
  • Braddy, S.J., Aldridge, R.J., Gabbott, S.E., & Theron, J. N. (1999). Lamellate book-gills in a late Ordovician eurypterid from the Soom Shale, South Africa: support for a eurypterid-scorpion clade. Lethaia, 32(1), 72-74.
  • Gabbott, S.E. (1999). Orthoconic cephalopods and associated fauna from the late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte, South Africa. Palaeontology, 42, 123-148. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00065
  • Gabbott, S.E. (1998). Taphonomy of the Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstatte: An example of soft tissue preservation in clay minerals. Palaeontology, 41, 631-667.
  • Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (1998). Chitinozoan chains and cocoons from the upper Ordovician Soom shale lagerstatte, South Africa: implications for affinity. Journal of the Geological Society, 155, 447-452. doi:10.1144/gsjgs.155.3.0447
  • Gabbott, S.E., Aldridge, R.J., & Theron, J.N. (1995). A giant conodont with preserved muscle-tissue from the Upper Ordovician of South Africa. Nature, 374(6525), 800-803. doi:10.1038/374800a0
  • Aldridge, R.J., Purnell, M.A., Gabbott, S.E., & Theron, J.N. The apparatus architecture and function of Promissum pulchrum kovacs-endrody (Conodonta, upper Ordovician) and the prioniodontid plan. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London - Biological Sciences, 347(1321), 275-291. doi:10.1098/rstb.1995.0027
  • Purnell, M.A., Aldridge, R.J., Donoghue, P.C.J., & Gabbott, S.E. (1995). Conodonts and the first vertebrates. Endeavour, 19(1), 20-27. doi:10.1016/0160-9327(95)98890-R
  • Aldridge, R. J., Theron, J. N., & Gabbott, S.E. (1994). The Soom shale: a unique Ordovician fossil horizon in South Africa. Geology Today, 10(6), 218-221.

Peer reviewed book sections/chapters

  • Gabbott, S.E. January 2006. Exceptional Preservation In: Encyclopedia of Life Science. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, Chichester, http://www.els.net/DOI10.1038/npg.els.0004141.
  • Gabbott, S.E. 2005. Life on Earth: Lagerstätten. pp. 307-315. In: R.C. Selley, L.R.M. Cocks, and I.R. Plimer, eds. Encyclopedia of Geology. Elsevier, Oxford.
  • Aldridge, R. J., Gabbott, S.E., and J.N. Theron. 2001. The Soom Shale p.340-342. In: Briggs, D.E.G. and P.R. Crowther. Palaeobiology 11. Blackwell Sciences, Oxford.

Pedagogic articles

  • Gabbott, S.E. 2006. Exceptional Preservation: Windows on to the evolution of life. Teaching Earth Science 31(1): 11-14.
  • Alvanides, S.,  Davis, S. Gabbott, S.E. Gallagher, C. Harris, F. North, P. Tuckwell, G. Wilson, M. 2003. Pedagogic Research: The new frontier? LTSN Learning Teaching Science Network: Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, 3, 11-12.

Public understanding of science articles

  • Williams, V., M. A. Purnell, and Gabbott, S.E. 2006. Dental microwear in dinosaurs: a comparative analysis of polysiloxane replication. Dental Practice, 44:22-23.
  • Gabbott, S.E. and J. Zalasiewicz. 1999. The Quick and the Dead. New Scientist, 2189: 44-48.

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