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Dr Jakob Vinther

Dr Jakob Vinther

Dr Jakob Vinther
BSC(Copenhagen), MSC(Copenhagen), PHD(Copenhagen)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Senior lecturer in Macroevolution

Office Life Sciences: 117
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41204


My research spans the study of evolution from the perspective of the fossil record and other disciplines such as molecular biology.

I focus on invertebrate groups such as annelids and molluscs and test our ideas of their evolution and their fossil record with molecular biological techniques to obtain independent estimates of phylogeny and divergence timing.

I also have a particular interest in fossilization processes: Taphonomy. Currently I am working on the preservation of melanin in fossils and how we can use this evidence to reconstruct color patterns in feathered dinosaurs.


2012- Lecturer in Macroevolution, Joint position in Biology and Earth Sciences, U. of Bristol

2011-2012 Independent Post Doctoral fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin

2006-2011 PhD in Palaeontology and Molecular Phylogenetics, Yale University. Thesis Title:

"The role of fossils and phylogeny in understanding the early evolution of annelids and mollusks (lophotrochozoans)"

2004-2006 MSc in Palaeontology and Zoology, University of Copenhagen

2000-2004 BSc in Geology University of Copenhagen


Key Concepts for Biologists

Diversity of Life (Arthropods and molluscs)


  • Palaeobiology
  • Taphonomy
  • Molecular Clocks
  • Macroevolution
  • Evolution
  • Melanosomes
  • Melanin
  • Tree of Life
  • Invertebrates
  • Cambrian Explosion

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Dr Vinther currently teaches 2 courses:

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