Dr John A Cunningham

B.Sc.(Edin.), M.Sc.(Bristol), PhD(Liv.)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

I am a teaching-focused lecturer based in the School of Earth Sciences. I am the director of the Palaeobiology MSc and Palaeontology and Evolution BSc and MSci programmes. My research interests are in early animal evolution and exceptional fossil pereservation. A major focus has been on fossilized animal embryos from the Cambrian and lowermost Ordovician, as well as the embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Doushantuo biota. I use a range of techniques in this work ranging from experimental decay to synchrotron tomography.

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Research Output

  • 26 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)

Nucleus preservation in early Ediacaran Weng’an embryo-like fossils, experimental taphonomy of nuclei, and implications for reading the eukaryote fossil record

Sun, W., Yin, Z., Cunningham, J. A., Pengju, L., Zhu, M. & Donoghue, P. C. J., 12 Jun 2020, In : Interface Focus. 10, 4, 10 p., 20200015.

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    The Early Ediacaran Caveasphaera Foreshadows the Evolutionary Origin of Animal-like Embryology

    Yin, Z., Vargas, K., Cunningham, J., Bengtson, S., Zhu, M., Marone, F. & Donoghue, P., 16 Dec 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 24, p. 4307-4314.e2 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Nuclei and nucleoli in embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Weng’an Biota

    Yin, Z., Cunningham, J., Vargas, K., Bengtson, S., Zhu, M. & Donoghue, P., Oct 2017, In : Precambrian Research. 301, p. 145-151 7 p.

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    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    237 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

    Postdoctoral Fellow (FEC) - Major transitions in evolution: understanding the fossil evidence.

    John A Cunningham (Recipient)

    1 Sep 20121 Mar 2017

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