M J Benton

Summary

Affiliation: University of Bristol
Country: UK

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Quality of the fossil record through time
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
    Nature 403:534-7. 2000
  2. pmc Finding the tree of life: matching phylogenetic trees to the fossil record through the 20th century
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 268:2123-30. 2001
  3. ncbi request reprint Taxonomic level as a determinant of the shape of the Phanerozoic marine biodiversity curve
    Abigail Lane
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 162:265-76. 2003
  4. ncbi request reprint Ecosystem remodelling among vertebrates at the Permian-Triassic boundary in Russia
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Nature 432:97-100. 2004
  5. ncbi request reprint Rocks and clocks: calibrating the Tree of Life using fossils and molecules
    Philip C J Donoghue
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, UK
    Trends Ecol Evol 22:424-31. 2007
  6. ncbi request reprint Stems, nodes, crown clades, and rank-free lists: is Linnaeus dead?
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
    Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 75:633-48. 2000
  7. ncbi request reprint Dating the tree of life
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Science 300:1698-700. 2003
  8. ncbi request reprint Paleontological evidence to date the tree of life
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Queen s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Mol Biol Evol 24:26-53. 2007
  9. ncbi request reprint Early origins of modern birds and mammals: molecules vs. morphology
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Bioessays 21:1043-51. 1999
  10. ncbi request reprint Cope's Rule in the Pterosauria, and differing perceptions of Cope's Rule at different taxonomic levels
    D W E Hone
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    J Evol Biol 20:1164-70. 2007

Detail Information

Publications24

  1. ncbi request reprint Quality of the fossil record through time
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
    Nature 403:534-7. 2000
    ..However, if scaled to the stratigraphic level of the stage and the taxonomic level of the family, the past 540 million years of the fossil record provide uniformly good documentation of the life of the past...
  2. pmc Finding the tree of life: matching phylogenetic trees to the fossil record through the 20th century
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 268:2123-30. 2001
    ..Nor do morphological or molecular trees differ uniformly in their performance...
  3. ncbi request reprint Taxonomic level as a determinant of the shape of the Phanerozoic marine biodiversity curve
    Abigail Lane
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 162:265-76. 2003
    ..In the absence of species data, a consistent signal at more than one higher taxonomic level is required to predict a species-level pattern...
  4. ncbi request reprint Ecosystem remodelling among vertebrates at the Permian-Triassic boundary in Russia
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Nature 432:97-100. 2004
    ..Even after 15 Myr of ecosystem rebuilding, some guilds were apparently still absent-small fish-eaters, small insect-eaters, large herbivores and top carnivores...
  5. ncbi request reprint Rocks and clocks: calibrating the Tree of Life using fossils and molecules
    Philip C J Donoghue
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, UK
    Trends Ecol Evol 22:424-31. 2007
    ..Reliably dated trees provide, for the first time, the opportunity to explore wider questions in macroevolution...
  6. ncbi request reprint Stems, nodes, crown clades, and rank-free lists: is Linnaeus dead?
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
    Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 75:633-48. 2000
    ..Under the new view, classifications are identical to phlylogenies, and so the proponents of phylogenetic nomenclature will end up abandoning classifications altogether...
  7. ncbi request reprint Dating the tree of life
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Science 300:1698-700. 2003
    ..Intense study of the dating of major splits in the tree of mammals has shown rapprochement as fossil dates become older and molecular dates become younger...
  8. ncbi request reprint Paleontological evidence to date the tree of life
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Queen s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Mol Biol Evol 24:26-53. 2007
    ..We provide "hard" minimum and "soft" maximum age constraints for 30 divergences among key genome model organisms; these should contribute to better understanding of the dating of the animal tree of life...
  9. ncbi request reprint Early origins of modern birds and mammals: molecules vs. morphology
    M J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Bioessays 21:1043-51. 1999
    ..The most likely explanation is that they simply did not exist, and that the molecular clock runs fast during major radiations...
  10. ncbi request reprint Cope's Rule in the Pterosauria, and differing perceptions of Cope's Rule at different taxonomic levels
    D W E Hone
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    J Evol Biol 20:1164-70. 2007
    ..These results suggest that analyses testing for Cope's Rule at a single taxonomic level may give misleading results...
  11. pmc The quality of the fossil record of Mesozoic birds
    Toby M R Fountaine
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 IRJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 272:289-94. 2005
    ..Examples of Neornithes (modern orders) are known from later stages in the Cretaceous, but their fossils are rarer and scrappier than those of basal bird groups, which we suggest is a biological, rather than a geological, signal...
  12. doi request reprint The Red Queen and the Court Jester: species diversity and the role of biotic and abiotic factors through time
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Science 323:728-32. 2009
    ..Paleobiological studies suggest that species diversity is driven largely by abiotic factors such as climate, landscape, or food supply, and comparative phylogenetic approaches offer new insights into clade dynamics...
  13. doi request reprint Phylogenetically structured variance in felid bite force: the role of phylogeny in the evolution of biting performance
    M Sakamoto
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    J Evol Biol 23:463-78. 2010
    ..This study demonstrates the difficulties in identifying causes of nonphylogenetically structured variance in morphofunctional character complexes...
  14. pmc Is evolutionary history repeatedly rewritten in light of new fossil discoveries?
    J E Tarver
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 278:599-604. 2011
    ..The conclusions derived from these analyses are relevant more generally: the maturity of systematic datasets can and should be assessed before they are exploited to derive grand macroevolutionary hypotheses...
  15. pmc Links between global taxonomic diversity, ecological diversity and the expansion of vertebrates on land
    Sarda Sahney
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    Biol Lett 6:544-7. 2010
    ..These groups have driven ecological diversity by expansion and contraction of occupied ecospace, rather than by direct competition within existing ecospace and each group has used ecospace at a greater rate than their predecessors...
  16. doi request reprint Superiority, competition, and opportunism in the evolutionary radiation of dinosaurs
    Stephen L Brusatte
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Science 321:1485-8. 2008
    ..The results strongly suggest that historical contingency, rather than prolonged competition or general "superiority," was the primary factor in the rise of dinosaurs...
  17. pmc A genus-level supertree of the Dinosauria
    Davide Pisani
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 269:915-21. 2002
    ..Here, we present a very inclusive generic-level supertree of Dinosauria (covering a total of 277 genera), which is remarkably well resolved and provides some clarity in many contentious areas of dinosaur systematics...
  18. pmc Fossil quality and naming dinosaurs
    Michael J Benton
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Biol Lett 4:729-32. 2008
    ..This ranking reflects a complex pattern of perhaps overstudy in Europe, immensely rich reserves of new dinosaur materials in North America and Asia, and a relative paucity in South America and Africa...
  19. pmc Recovery from the most profound mass extinction of all time
    Sarda Sahney
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:759-65. 2008
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  20. pmc A supertree of temnospondyli: cladogenetic patterns in the most species-rich group of early tetrapods
    Marcello Ruta
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 274:3087-95. 2007
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  21. pmc Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution
    Graeme T Lloyd
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:2483-90. 2008
    ..Furthermore, we conclude that dinosaurs did not experience a progressive decline at the end of the Cretaceous, nor was their evolution driven directly by the KTR...
  22. pmc The first 50Myr of dinosaur evolution: macroevolutionary pattern and morphological disparity
    Stephen L Brusatte
    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ, UK
    Biol Lett 4:733-6. 2008
    ..Thus, different aspects of the dinosaur radiation (diversity, disparity and abundance) were decoupled, and the overall macroevolutionary pattern of the first 50Myr of dinosaur evolution is more complex than often considered...
  23. ncbi request reprint Congruence of morphological and molecular phylogenies
    Davide Pisani
    Department of Biology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
    Acta Biotheor 55:269-81. 2007
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  24. doi request reprint Crown clades in vertebrate nomenclature: correcting the definition of Crocodylia
    Jeremy E Martin
    Universite Lyon 1, UMR 5125 PEPS CNRS, 2, rue Dubois 69622, Villeurbanne, France
    Syst Biol 57:173-81. 2008