Professor Derek Siveter, Senior Research Fellow

Derek Siveter

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Research summary

My research concerns the palaeobiology of fossil invertebrates, in particular fossil arthropods. Investigations are focussed on the faunas of the Herefordshire (Silurian; UK) and the Chengjiang (Cambrian; Yunnan Province, China) Konservat-Lagerstätten.

Derek Siveter introduces the World Heritage Chengjiang, Yunnan, fossil site to Oxford alumni in China and beyond.
Oxford and Chengjiang: Pre-historic ties


Selected publications

Hou X-G., Williams, M., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., Aldridge R. J. & Sansom, R. S. 2010. Soft-part anatomy of the Early Cambrian bivalved arthropods Kunyangella and Kunmingella: significance for the phylogenetic relationships of Bradoriida. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 277, 1835-1841.

Sutton, M.D., Briggs, D.E.G., Siveter, David J. & Siveter, Derek J.. 2010. A soft-bodied lophophorate from the Silurian of England. Biology Letters, Royal Society of London 7, 146-149.

Sea spider Haliestes dasos (virtual fossil), pycnogonid (sea spider), Silurian Herefordshire.

Siveter, Derek J., Selden P. A. & Palmer, D. 2010. Pre-Carboniferous fossil arthropods, 47-110. In Jarzembowski, E., Siveter, D. J., Palmer, D. and Selden, P. A., Fossil arthropods of Great Britain, 294 pp. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.

Hou, X-G., Aldridge, R.J., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., Williams, M., Zalasiewicz, J. & Ma, X-Y. 2011. An early Cambrian zooid. Current Biology 21, 612-616.

Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, Derek J., Siveter, David J., Sutton, M. D., Garwood, R. J. & Legg, D. 2012. Silurian horseshoe crab illuminates the evolution of arthropod limbs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 15702-15705.

Ma, X-Y., Hou, X-G., Aldridge, R. J., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., Gabbott, S. J., Purnell, M. A., Parker, A. R. & Edgecombe, G. D. 2012. Morphology of Cambrian lobopodian eyes from the Chengjiang Lagerstätte and their evolutionary significance. Arthropod structure & development 41, 495-504.

Sutton, M. D., Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J. & Sigwart, J. D. 2012. A Silurian armoured aplacophoran and implications for molluscan phylogeny. Nature 490, 94-97.

Siveter, David J., Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, Derek J., Sutton, M. D. & Joomun, S. C. 2013. A Silurian myodocope with preserved soft parts: cautioning the interpretation of the shell-based ostracod record. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280, 1752 20122664.

Ma, X-Y., Aldridge, R. J., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., Hou, X-G. & Edgecombe, G. D. A new exceptionally preserved Cambrian priapulid from the Chengjiang Lagerstätte (in press). Journal of Paleontology.

Siveter, Derek J., Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, D. J., Sutton, M. D., Legg, D. & Joomun, S. C. A Silurian short-great-appendage arthropod. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 281, doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.2986 (published online 22 January 2014).


Synophalos xynos, crustacean, chain of specimens, two interlocked specimens, and solitary individual, Lower Cambrian, Chengjiang

The Geological Society, London (Fellow)
The Palaeontological Association


Visiting Fellowships Sammy De Grave Charlotte Inchley Jack Matthews Duncan Murdock Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente Imran Rahman Mark Robinson Derek Siveter Paul Smith Lauren Sumner-Rooney
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