Palaeobiology Research Group

The Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group explores all aspects of the history of the biosphere. From macroevolution to mass extinctions, we learn from the deep past to inform our predictions of the future.

Our research reputation

The Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group was identified in 2017 as the best palaeontology research group in the world in the first discipline-specific annual review by the Center for World University Rankings. The score is based on publication impact over the past ten years, and is the current score (no updates since 2017).

Medals and prizes

Students and staff in the Bristol Palaeobiology Reseach Group are frequently recognised by the award of prizes and medals by professional societies and others; read more details here.

Dinosaur colour

Work in Bristol on the colour of dinosaurs was rated by the Smithsonian Institution as one of their Top-Ten Discoveries of the Decade, covering all science. They named four publications, from 2010 onwards, by Bristol palaeobiologists Jakob Vinther and Mike Benton as leading the field. Read more from the Smithsonian, and from us.


We write all the market-leading textbooks in palaeobiology, from the basic 'history of life' texts through to advanced textbooks.


We have kept detailed records of our publications for over thirty years. Read all the details, as well as evidence for impact in terms of numbers of papers, the journals, and especially the changing numbers of citations.

Bristol Palaeobiology Youtube: videos and podcasts from students and staff here.

How to become a palaeontologist

It doesn't matter whether you are 7 or 70, you might want to know how to become a palaeontologist. How can you convert your enthusiasm for dinosaurs, ancient plants, trilobites, or other ancient life into that dream job? Here are some answers, in a Blog post by Mike Benton.

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