Publications

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NEW! Odin, G.P., McNamara, M.E., Arwin, H., Järrendahl, K., 2018. Experimental degradation of helicoidal photonic nanostructures in scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): implications for the identification of circularly polarizing cuticle in the fossil record. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 15, . DOI: .

NEW! Yang, Z., Wang, S., Tian, Q., Wang, B., Hethke, M., McNamara, M.E., Benton, M.J., Xu, X., Jiang, B., 2018. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and biostratinomic analysis of the Jurassic Yanliao Lagerstätte in northeastern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, xx, xx. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.09.030.

NEW! McNamara, M.E., Kaye, J.S., Benton, M.J., Orr, P.J., Rossi, V., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., 2018. Non-integumentary melanosomes bias reconstructions of the colours of fossil vertebrate skin. Nature Communications9, 2878. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05148-x.

NEW! McNamara, M.E., Zhang, F., Kearns, S.L., Orr, P.J., Toulouse, A., Foley, T., Hone, D.W.E., Rogers, C.S., Benton, M.J., Johnson, D., Xu, X., Zhou, Z., 2018. Fossilized skin reveals coevolution with feathers and metabolism in feathered dinosaurs and early birds. Nature Communications, 9, 2072. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04443-x.

Zhang, Q., Mey, W., Ansorge, J., Starkey, T.A., McDonald, L.T., McNamara, M.E., Jarzembowski, E.A., Wichard, W., Kelly, R., Ren, X., Chen, J., Zhang, H., Wang, B., 2018. Fossil scales illuminate the early evolution of lepidopterans and structural colors. Science Advances, 4, e1700988. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700988.

Purnell, M.A., Donoghue, P.J.C., Gabbott, S.E., McNamara, M., Murdock, D.J.E., Sansom, R.S., 2018. Experimental analysis of soft-tissue fossilization – opening the black box. Palaeontology, 61, 317-323. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12360.

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

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

McNamara, M.E., 2013. The taphonomy of colour in fossil insects and feathers. Palaeontology, 56, 557-575. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12044. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!

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. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF!