Dr Chris Rogers


I’m a palaeobiologist currently working on the preservation of melanin in basal vertebrates and chordates. Previously as part of my PhD I investigated the taphonomy of dinosaurs and birds in the Jehol biota of NE China.


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.

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.


2016: ERC Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.

2016: PhD Geology, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. PhD Thesis: “The Taphonomy of Dinosaurs and Birds of the Jehol Biota”.

2012: Bristol Dinosaur Project, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

2012: MSc Palaeobiology. University of Bristol, United Kingdom. MSc Thesis: “Retreat and decline Mesozoic patterns of hybodont diversity”.

2011: BSc (Hons) 2:1 Geology-Biology Joint Hons. University of Bristol, United Kingdom.