Dr Allison Daley, Museum Research Fellow

Allison Daley

Email: allison.daley@oum.ox.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1865 272964

Research summary
My research examines the early evolution of arthropods, focusing on morphological innovations unique to this highly successful group. I have utilised fossils from Cambrian lagerstätten such as the Burgess Shale to explore enigmatic features of the apex predators known as anomalocaridids, with the ultimate goal of understanding arthropod anatomical innovation and the ecology of the Cambrian. This includes the application of fossil material to date the arthropod tree of life and study the timing of animal diversification events. Current work uses comparative studies on living arthropods to examine preservation and the evolution of exoskeleton moulting.

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Selected publications
Vannier, J., Liu, J., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Vinther, J. and Daley, A.C. 2014. Sophisticated digestive systems in early arthropods.Nature Communications, 5, 3641.

Daley, A.C. and Edgecombe, G.D. 2014. Morphology of Anomalocaris canadensis from the Burgess Shale. Journal of Paleontology, 88, 68-91.

Rota-Stabelli, O., Daley, A.C. and Pisani, D. 2013. Multiple timetrees reveal a Cambrian colonisation of land and a new scenario for ecdysozoan evolution. Current Biology, 23, 1-7.

Daley, A.C. , Paterson, J.R., Edgecombe, G.D., García-Bellido, D.C. and Jago, J.B. 2013. New anatomical information on Anomalocaris from the Emu Bay Shale konservat-lagerstätte (Cambrian; South Australia) and a reassessment of its inferred predatory habits. Palaeontology, 56, 971-990.

peytoia Model of the anomalocaridid Peytoia (created by Esben Horn, 10 tons)

Daley, A.C. 2013. Quickguide: Anomalocaridids. Current Biology, 23, R860-R861.

Daley, A.C. , Budd, G.E. and Caron, J.-B. 2013. The morphology and systematics of the anomalocaridid Hurdia from the Burgess Shale, Middle Cambrian, Canada. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 11, 743-787.

Daley, A.C. and Bergström, J. 2012. The oral cone of Anomalocaris is not a classic “Peytoia”. Naturwissenschaften, 99, 501-504.

Budd, G.E. and Daley, A.C. 2012. The lobes and lobopods of Opabinia regalis (Burgess Shale, Cambrian Series 3, Stage 5). Lethaia, 45, 83-95.

Daley, A.C. and Paterson, J.R. 2012. The Earth’s First Super-Predators. Australasian Science, 33, 16-19.

Caron, J-B., Gaines, R.R., Mángano, M.G., Streng, M. and Daley, A.C. 2010. A new Burgess Shale-type assemblage from the “thin” Stephen Formation of southern Canadian Rockies. Geology, 38, 811-814.

Daley, A.C. and Budd, G.E. 2010. New anomalocaridid appendages from the Burgess Shale, Canada. Palaeontology, 53, 721-738.

Daley, A.C. and Peel, J.S. 2010. A possible anomalocaridid appendage from the Cambrian Sirius Passet Lagerstätte, North Greenland. Journal of Paleontology, 84, 352-355.

Fischer, A.H.L., Arboleda, E., Egger, B., Hilbrant, M., McGregor, A.P., Cole A.G. and Daley, A.C. 2009. ZOONET: Perspectives on the Evolution of Animal Form. Meeting Report. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 312B, 679-685.

Daley, A.C. , Budd, G.E., Caron, J.-B., Edgecombe, G.D. and Collins, D. 2009. The Burgess Shale anomalocaridid Hurdia and its significance for early euarthropod evolution. Science, 323,1597-1600.

Daley, A.C. 2008. Statistical analysis of mixed-motive shell borings in Ordovician, Silurian, and Devonian brachiopods from northern and eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45, 213-229.

Hurdia The anomalocaridid Hurdia, an early arthropod ancestor.

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford
The Palaeontological Association


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