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

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

A Cambrian crown annelid reconciles phylogenomics and the fossil record

Chen, H., Parry, L. A., Vinther, J., Zhai, D., Hou, X. & Ma, X., Jul 2020, In : Nature. 583, 7815, p. 249-252 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (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)

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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
  • 64 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