Christopher Nedza, Postgraduate Researcher

Christopher NedzaPigmented and organically preserved soft-bodied fossils – using taphonomic mode to interpret anatomy

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Project Overview

The overarching aim of this project is to establish the taphonomic pathways and molecular mode of preservation of both organic and pigmented anatomy with different in vivo compositions. This project focuses on pigmented anatomy in early vertebrates, where the preservation of such pigments has significant implications for understanding the origins of important evolutionary events (e.g. vertebrate eye evolution, development and integument patterning, and ecology).

Research Theme

Evolution and Past Environments

Research Questions

  1. What tissues were pigmented in early vertebrates (e.g. lamprey)?
  2. Can different types of pigmented anatomy be distinguished from each other?
  3. Does decay effect any interpretations drawn from pigmented anatomy?

Academic Awards

Whitaker Award: 2016

Palaeontological Association Council Poster Prize: 2017

Sylvester Bradley Award: 2018

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