Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Reader in Palaeontology



+44 (0)20 7594 7487m.sutton




G.25Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






  • Senior Lecturer Imperial College 2009-
  • Lecturer Imperial College  2005-
  • Post-doc University of Oxford 1999-2004
  • Lecturer University of Wales, Lampeter  1996-1999
  • PhD University of Wales, Cardiff  1996
  • BA Churchill College Cambridge  1992

Research Interests

  • Palaeobiology and evolution
  • Three-dimensional reconstruction techniques
  • Computing applications in Earth Sciences


New PhD Students for September 2013: Dominic Bennett (Evolutionary Potential of Living Fossils - with Sam Turvey, IOZ). 

Other publications

Sutton, M. D., Bassett, M. G. & Cherns, L. 1999-2000. Lingulate brachiopods from the lower Ordovician of the Anglo-Welsh Basin. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, London: (1) 1999, 1-60, pls 1-8 (Publ. No. 610, part of Vol. 153); (2) 2000, 61-114, pls 9-23 (Publ. No. 613, part of Vol. 154).

Other Teaching

 Coordinator for ESESIS

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Keating JN, Sansom RS, Sutton MD, et al., 2020, Morphological phylogenetics evaluated using novel evolutionary simulations, Systematic Biology, Vol:69, ISSN:1063-5157, Pages:897-912

Siveter DJ, Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, et al., 2020, The Herefordshire Lagerstätte: fleshing out Silurian marine life, Journal of the Geological Society, Vol:177, ISSN:0016-7649, Pages:1-13

Siveter DJ, Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, et al., 2014, A Silurian short-great-appendage arthropod, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:281, ISSN:0962-8452, Pages:1-7

Siveter DJ, Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, et al., 2013, A Silurian myodocope with preserved soft-parts: cautioning the interpretation of the shell-based ostracod record, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:280, ISSN:0962-8452

Sutton MD, Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, et al., 2012, A Silurian armoured aplacophoran and implications for molluscan phylogeny, Nature, Vol:490, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:94-97

Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, Siveter DJ, et al., 2012, Silurian horseshoe crab illuminates the evolution of arthropod limbs, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:109, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:15702-15705

Garwood RJ, Dunlop JA, Giribet G, et al., 2011, Anatomically modern Carboniferous harvestmen demonstrate early cladogenesis and stasis in Opiliones, Nature Communications, Vol:2, ISSN:2041-1723

Siveter DJ, Briggs DEG, Siveter DJ, et al., 2010, An exceptionally preserved myodocopid ostracod from the Silurian of Herefordshire, UK, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:277, ISSN:0962-8452, Pages:1539-1544


Sutton M, Rahman I, Garwood R, 2014, Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN:9781118591130

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