Dr. Jakob Vinther is an expert in Macroevolution in the School of Earth Sciences. Using a combined approach of paleontology and molecular biology, his core interests are in the evolution of the dinosaurs and in how fossils preserve organisms. Dr. Vinther pioneered the discipline of ‘palaeocolor’ – the study and reconstruction of fossil color patterns. He found the first-ever evidence of preserved iridescence (color change) in a 50-million-year-old feather from feathered species of dinosaur that was used in camouflage. His discovery has been the subject of a National Geographic TV documentary, called 'Dinomorphosis'.

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2006 - MSc Zoology and Palaeontology, University of Copenhagen, 2011 - Ph.D. Molecular Phylogenetics and Palaeontology, Yale University

Accomplishments 
2012 - Hodson Award, Palaeontological Association: for young paleontologists that have made a notable contribution to Science, 2014 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018 - Nomination, Bristol Students Union: Outstanding Teacher Award

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All-purpose dinosaur opening reconstructed for first time

For the first time ever, a team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have described in detail a dinosaur’s cloacal or vent – the all-purpose opening used for defecation, urination and breeding.
14-Jan-2021 10:00:00 AM EST

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