Publications

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NEW! Whitington, L., Slater, T., 2017. The ‘Amateur’ lives on! Geoscientist, 27.

NEW! Muscente, A.D., Schiffbauer, J.D., Broce, J., Laflamme, M., O’Donnell, K., Boag, T.H., Meyer, M., Hawkins, A.D., Huntley, J.W., McNamara, M., MacKenzie, L.A., Stanley Jr, G.D., Hinman, N.W., Hofmann, M.H., Xiao, S., 2017. Exceptionally preserved fossil assemblages through geologic time and space. Gondwana Research, 48, 164-188. DOI: 10.1016/j.gr.2017.04.020.

Mears, E., Rossi, V., MacDonald, E., Coleman, G., Davies, T., Arias-Riesgo, C., Hildebrandt, C., Thiel, H., Duffin, C.J., Whiteside, D.I., Benton, M.J., 2016. The Rhaetian (Late Triassic) vertebrates of Hampstead Farm Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, published online 14/6/2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.05.003.

Orr, P.J., Adler, L.B., Beardmore, S.R., Furrer, H., McNamara, M.E., Peñalver-Mollá, E., Redelstorff, R., 2016. “Stick ‘n’ peel”: Explaining unusual patterns of disarticulation and loss of completeness in fossil vertebrates. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, published online 24/5/2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.05.024.

McNamara, M.E., Van Dongen, B., Bull, I., Orr, P.J., 2016. Fossilisation of melanosomes via sulfurization. Palaeontology, published online 1/4/2016. OPEN ACCESS DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1111/pala.12238.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S.L., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2016. Reconstructing carotenoid-based and structural coloration in fossil skin. Current Biology, published online 31/3/2016. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.02.038.

Rogers, C.S., Hone, D.W., McNamara, M.E., Zhao, Q., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S.K., Benton, M.J., 2015. The Chinese Pompeii? Death and destruction of dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous of Lujiatun, NE China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 427, 89-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.03.037.

Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., Spagna, P., 2014. Response to Comment on ‘A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales’. Science, 346, 434-435. DOI: 10.1126/science.1260146.

McNamara, M.E., Saranathan, V., Locatelli, E., Noh, H., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P., Cao, H., 2014. Cryptic iridescence in a fossil weevil generated by single diamond photonic crystals. Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 11, 20140736. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0736.

Godefroit, P., Sinitsa, S.M., Dhouailly, D., Bolotsky, Y.L., Sizov, A.V., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M., Spagna, P., 2014. A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales. Science, 245, 451-455. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253351.

Anderson, R.P., McCoy, V., McNamara, M.E., 2014. What big eyes you have: the ecological role of giant pterygotid eurypterids. Biology Letters, 10, 2040412. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0412.

McNamara, M.E., 2013. The taphonomy of colour in fossil insects and feathers. Palaeontology, 56, 557-575. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12044.

McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Field, D., Wang, Z., 2013. Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour. Biology Letters, 9, published online before print 26/3/2013. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0184.

McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Gupta, N.S., Locatelli, E.R., Qiu, L., Yang, H., Wang, Z., Noh, H., Cao, H., 2013. The fossil record of insect color illuminated by maturation experiments. Geology, 41, published online before print 20/2/2013. DOI: 10.1130/G33836.1.

McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., 2012. The controls on the preservation of structural color in fossil insects. Palaios, 27, 443-454. DOI: 10.2110/palo.2012.p12-027r.

McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Noh, H., Cao, H.,  2012. The original colours of fossil beetles. Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 279, 1114–1121. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1677.

McNamara, M. E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2012. What controls the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved taxa – environment or biology? A case study using exceptionally preserved frogs from the Miocene Libros Konservat-Lagerstätte, Spain. Palaios, 27, 63-77. DOI: 10.2110/palo.2010.p10-126r.

McNamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Wedmann, S., Noh, H., Cao, H., 2011. Fossilized biophotonic nanostructures reveal the original colors of 47 million-year-old moths. PLoS Biology, 9, e1001200. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001200.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Manzocchi, T., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P. Peñalver, E., 2011. Biological controls upon the physical taphonomy of exceptionally preserved salamanders from the Miocene of Rubielos de Mora, northeast Spain. Lethaia, 45, 210-226. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2011.00274.x.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2010. Organic preservation of fossil musculature with ultracellular detail. Proceedings of The Royal Society B, 277, 423-427. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1378.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2009. Exceptionally preserved tadpoles from the Miocene of Libros, Spain: Ecomorphological reconstruction and the impact of ontogeny upon taphonomy. Lethaia, 43, 290-306. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2009.00192.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2009. Soft tissue preservation in Miocene frogs from Libros (Spain): Insights into the genesis of decay microenvironments. Palaios, 24, 104-117. DOI: 10.2110/palo.2008.p08-017r.

McNamara, M.E., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S., Alcalá, L., Anadón, P., Peñalver, E., 2006. High fidelity preservation of bone marrow in c. 10 million year old amphibians. Geology, 34, 641-644. DOI: 10.1130/G22526.1.