Dr Jakob Vinther

BSC(Copenhagen), MSC(Copenhagen), PHD(Copenhagen)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

My research spans the study of evolution from the perspective of the fossil record and other disciplines such as molecular biology.

I focus on invertebrate groups such as annelids and molluscs and test our ideas of their evolution and their fossil record with molecular biological techniques to obtain independent estimates of phylogeny and divergence timing.

I also have a particular interest in fossilization processes: Taphonomy. Currently I am working on the preservation of melanin in fossils and how we can use this evidence to reconstruct color patterns in feathered dinosaurs.

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Melanic pigments in time and space.

Vinther, J.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 79 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 2 Comment/debate (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Letter (Academic Journal)

A Cambrian–Ordovician terrestrialization of arachnids

Lozano-Fernandez, J., Tanner, A., Puttick, M. N., Vinther, J., Edgecombe, GD. & Pisani, D., 11 Mar 2020, In : Frontiers in Genetics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
49 Downloads (Pure)

A draft genome sequence of the elusive giant squid, Architeuthis dux

da Fonseca, R. R., Couto, A., Machado, A. M., Brejova, B., Albertin, C. B., Silva, F., Gardner, P., Baril, T., Hayward, A., Campos, A., Ribeiro, Â. M., Barrio-Hernandez, I., Hoving, H-J., Tafur-Jimenez, R., Chu, C., Frazão, B., Petersen, B., Peñaloza, F., Musacchia, F., Alexander, G. C. & 24 others, Osório, H., Winkelmann, I., Simakov, O., Rasmussen, S., Rahman, M. Z., Pisani, D., Vinther, J., Jarvis, E., Zhang, G., Strugnell, J. M., Castro, L. F. C., Fedrigo, O., Patricio, M., Li, Q., Rocha, S., Antunes, A., Wu, Y., Ma, B., Sanges, R., Vinar, T., Blagoev, B., Sicheritz-Ponten, T., Nielsen, R. & Gilbert, M. T. P., 16 Jan 2020, In : GigaScience. 9, 1, 12 p., giz152.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 54 Downloads (Pure)

    Author Correction: Increasing species sampling in chelicerate genomic-scale datasets provides support for monophyly of Acari and Arachnida (Nature Communications, (2019), 10, 1, (2295), 10.1038/s41467-019-10244-7)

    Lozano-Fernandez, J., Tanner, A. R., Giacomelli, M., Carton, R., Vinther, J., Edgecombe, G. D. & Pisani, D., 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 1 p., 4534 (2019).

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 65 Downloads (Pure)


    Data from: Cambrian sessile, suspension feeding stem-group ctenophores and evolution of the comb jelly body plan.

    Zhao, Y. (Creator), Vinther, J. (Creator), Parry, L. A. (Creator), Wei, F. (Creator), Green, E. (Creator), Pisani, D. (Creator), Hou, X. (Creator), Edgecombe, G. D. (Creator), Cong, P. (Creator) & Vinther, J. (Data Manager), University of Bristol, 7 Feb 2019


    Supervised Work

    A taphonomic and palaeoecological approach to the study of palaeocolour

    Author: Smithwick, F., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Vinther, J. (Supervisor), Cuthill, I. (Supervisor) & Field, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The influence of sulfurization and burial history on melanin chemistry during fossilization

    Author: Rodrigues Ferreira, J., 27 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Vinther, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


    The taphonomy of soft tissues and the evolution of feathers

    Author: Saitta, E., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Vinther, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)