Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Gareth Dyke

BSc, PhD

Primary position:
Associate Professor in Vertebrate Palaeontology


The University of Southampton
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BSc Geology & Biology (First), University of Bristol, 1997
PhD Palaeontology, University of Bristol 2000

2000-2002, American Museum of Natural History, New York (USA). Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow, Ornithology.

2002-2011, University College Dublin, Ireland (Senior Lecturer 2007), School of Biology and Environmental Science.

Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
Research Associate, National Museum of Ireland

Visiting Professor, MTA-DE "Lendület" Behavioural Ecology Research Group,
Department of Evolutionary Zoology, University of Debrecen,
Debrecen, Hungary


The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Dyke, Gareth J., Vremir, Mátyás, Brusatte, Stephen, Bever, Gabe, Buffetaut, Eric, Chapman, Sandra, Csiki-Save, Zoltán, Kellner, Alexander, Martin-Silverstone, Elizabeth, Naish, Darren, Norell, Mark, Osi, Attila, Prondvai, Edina, Rabi, Márton, Taissa, Rodrigues, Steel, Lorna, Tong, Haiyan, Villa-Nova, Bruno, Witton, Mark and Pinheiro, Felipe (2015) Thalassodromeus sebesensis - a new name for an old turtle. Comment on "Thalassodromeus sebesensis, an out of place and out of time Gondwanan tapejarid pterosaur", Grellet-Tinner and Codrea (online July 2014 DOI 10.1016/j.gr.2014.06.002). Gondwana Research, 27, 1680-1682. (doi:10.1016/j.gr.2014.08.004).
Vremir, M., Witton, M., Naish, D., Dyke, G., Brusatte, S., Norell, M. and Totoianu, R. (2015) A medium-sized robust-necked azhdarchid pterosaur (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchidae) from the Maastrichtian of Pui (Haţeg Basin, Transylvania, Romania). American Museum Novitates, 3827, (3827), 1-16.
Averianov, A., Dyke, G., Danilov, I. and Skutschas, P. (2015) The paleoenvironments of azhdarchid pterosaurs localities in the Late Cretaceous of Kazakhstan. ZooKeys, 483, 59-80. (doi:10.3897/zookeys.483.9058).
Kaiser, Gary and Dyke, Gareth (2015) The development of flight surfaces on the avian wing. Biological Bulletin (Izvestiya Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk – Seriya Biologicheskaya) (In Press).
Bertelli, S., Lindow, B.E.K., Dyke, G.J. and Mayr, G. (2014) Erratum to: “Another charadriiform-like bird from the Lower Eocene of Denmark” [Ibid, 47(11), 1282-1301. (2013)]. Paleontological Journal, 48, (13), 1441-1448. (doi:10.1134/S0031030114130024).
Averianov, Alexander O., Archibald, J. David, Skutschas, Pavel P. and Dyke, Gareth (2014) New mammal remains from the Late Cretaceous Bostobe Formation (Northeast Aral Sea Region, Kazakhstan). Palaeoworld, 23, 314-320. (doi:10.1016/j.palwor.2014.10.009).
Dyke, Gareth (2014) Introduction to the Special Issue: Jehol-Wealden International Conference. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 113, (3), 659-663. (doi:10.1111/bij.12370).
Laurent, Christian, Palmer, Colin, Boardman, Richard P., Dyke, Gareth and Cook, Richard (2014) Nanomechanical properties of bird feather rachises: exploring naturally occurring fibre reinforced laminar composites. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 11, (101), 20140961. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2014.0961).
Lefèvre, Ulysse, Hu, Dongyu, Escuillié, François, Dyke, Gareth and Godefroit, Pascal (2014) A new long-tailed basal bird from the Early Cretaceous of northeastern China. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 113, (3), 790-804. (doi:10.1111/bij.12343).
Kaiser, G. and Dyke, G. (2014) The development of flight surfaces on the avian wing [in Russian]. Zoologichesky Zhurnal, 93, (10), 1155-1165. (doi:10.7868/S0044513414100067).
Averianov, Alexander, Archibald, J. David and Dyke, Gareth J. (2014) A new eutherian mammal from the Late Cretaceous of Kazakhstan. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 59, (3), 537-542. (doi:10.4202/app.2011.0143).
Lee, Michael S.Y., Cau, Andrea, Naish, Darren and Dyke, Gareth J. (2014) Sustained miniaturization and anatomical innovation in the dinosaurian ancestors of birds. Science, 345, (6196), 562-566. (doi:10.1126/science.1252243).
Clucas, G.V., Dunn, M.J., Dyke, G.J., Emslie, S.D., Naveen, R., Polito, M.J., Pybus, O.G., Rogers, A.D. and Hart, T. (2014) A reversal of fortunes: climate change ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in Antarctic Peninsula penguins. Scientific Reports, 4, (5024) (doi:10.1038/srep05024).
Vremir, Mátyás, Bălc, Ramona, Csiki-Sava, Zoltan, Brusatte , Stephen, Dyke, Gareth, Naish, Darren and Norell, Mark (2014) Petreşti-Arini - an important but ephemeral Late Cretaceous continental vertebrate site in the southwestern Transylvanian Basin, Romania. Cretaceous Research, 49, 13-38. (doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2014.02.002).
Lee, M.S.Y., Cau, A., Naish, D. and Dyke, G. (2014) Morphological clocks in palaeontology, and a mid-Cretaceous origin of crown Aves. Systematic Biology, 63, (3), 442-449. (doi:10.1093/sysbio/syt110).
Lindgren, J., Sjövall, P., Carney, R., Uvdal, P., Gren, J., Dyke, G., Pagh Schultz, B., Shawkey, M., Barnes, K. and Polcyn, M. (2014) Skin pigmentation provides evidence of convergent melanism in extinct marine reptiles. Nature, 506, 484-488. (doi:10.1038/nature12899).
Brusatte, S., Vremir, M., Watanabe, A., Csiki-Sava, Z., Naish, D., Dyke, G.J., Erickson, G. and Norell, M. (2013) An infant ornithopod dinosaur tibia from the Late Cretaceous of Sebes, Romania. Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis, 5, 627-644.
Bertelli, Sara, Lindow, Bent, Dyke, Gareth J. and Mayr, Gerald (2013) Another charadriiform-like bird from the Lower Eocene of Denmark. Paleontological Journal, 47, (11), 1282-1301.
Dyke, Gareth, de Kat, Roeland, Palmer, Colin, van der Kindere, Jacques, Naish, Darren and Ganapathisubramani, Bharathram (2013) Aerodynamic performance of the feathered dinosaur Microraptor and the evolution of feathered flight. Nature Communications, 4, 2489. (doi:10.1038/ncomms3489).
Godefroit, P., Cau, A., Dong-Yu, H., Escuillie, F., Wenhao, W. and Dyke, G.J. (2013) A Jurassic avialan dinosaur from China resolves the early phylogenetic history of birds. Nature, 498, 359-362. (doi:10.1038/nature12168).
Belvedere, M., Nour-Eddine, J., Breda, A., Gattolin, G., Bourget, H., Khaldoune, F. and Dyke, G. (2013) Vertebrate footprints from the Kem Kem beds (Morocco): a novel ichnological approach to faunal reconstruction. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 383-384, 52-58. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.04.026).
Fernández , Mariela Soledad, Simoncini , Marina Soledad and Dyke, Gareth (2013) Irregularly calcified eggs and eggshells of Caiman latirostris (Alligatoridae: Crocodylia). Naturwissenschaften, 100, (5), 451-457. (doi:10.1007/s00114-013-1044-3).
Fernández, Mariela, Garcia, Rudolfo, Fiorelli, Lucas, Scolaro, Alejandra, Salvador, Rodrigo, Cotaro, Carlos, Kaiser, Gary and Dyke, Gareth (2013) A large accumulation of avian eggs from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia (Argentina) reveals a novel nesting strategy in Mesozoic birds. PLoS ONE, 8, (4) (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061030).
Godefroit, P., Demuynck, H., Dyke, G.J., Hu, D., Escuillié, F. and Claeys, P. (2013) Reduced plumage and flight ability of a new Jurassic paravian theropod from China. Nature Communications, 4, 1394. (doi:10.1038/ncomms2389).
Nudds, Robert, Atterholt, Jessie, Wang, Xia, You, Hailu and Dyke, Gareth J. (2013) Locomotory abilities and habitat of the Cretaceous bird Gansus yumenensis inferred from limb length proportions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, (1), 150-154. (doi:10.1111/jeb.12036).
Dyke, Gareth J., Vremir, Matyas, Kaiser, Gary and Naish, Darren (2012) A drowned Mesozoic bird breeding colony from the Late Cretaceous of Transylvania. Naturwissenschaften, 99, (6), 435-442. (doi:10.1007/s00114-012-0917-1).
Palmer, Colin and Dyke, Gareth (2012) Constraints on the wing morphology of pterosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 279, (1731), 1218-1224 . (doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.1529).
Naish, Darren, Dyke, Gareth, Cau, Andrea, Escuillié, Francois and Godefroit, Pascal (2012) A gigantic bird from the Upper Cretaceous of Central Asia. Biology Letters, 8, (1), 97-100. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0683).
Wang, X., Nudds, R.L., Palmer, C. and Dyke, G.J. (2012) Size scaling and stiffness of avian primary feathers: implications for the flight of Mesozoic birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, (3), 547-555. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02449.x).
Wang, Xia, Dyke, Gareth J., Codrea, Vlad, Godefroit, Pascal and Smith, Thierry (2011) A euenantiornithine bird from the Late Cretaceous Haţeg Basin of Romania. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56, (4), 853-857. (doi:10.4202/app.2010.0085).
Dyke, Gareth, Wang, Xia and Kaiser, Gary (2011) Large fossil birds from a Late Cretaceous marine turbidite sequence on Hornby Island (British Columbia). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, (11), 1489-1496. (doi:10.1139/e11-050).
Wang, Xia, Nudds, Robert and Dyke, Gareth (2011) The feather lengths of early birds with respect to avian wing shape evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24, (6), 1226-1331. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02253.x).
Belvedere, Matteo, Dyke, Gareth, Hadri, Majid and Ishigaki, Shinobu (2011) The oldest evidence for birds in Northern Gondwana? Small tridactyl footprints from the Middle Jurassic of Msemrir (Morocco). Gondwana Research, 19, (2), 542-549. (doi:10.1016/j.gr.2010.08.004).
Dyke, Gareth J., Benton, Michael J., Posmosanu, Erika and Naish, Darren (2011) Early Cretaceous (Berriasian) birds and pterosaurs from the Cornet Bauxite mine, Romania. Palaeontology, 54, (1), 79-95. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00997.x).
Wang, Xia, Csiki, Zoltán, Ősi, Attila and Dyke, Gareth J. (2011) The first definitive record of a fossil bird from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of the Haţeg Basin, Romania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31, (1), 227-330. (doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.541013).
Dyke, Gareth and Naish, Darren W (2011) What about European alvarezsauroids? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, (22), E147. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1101602108).
Wilson, Laura E., Chin, Karen, Cumbaa, Stephen and Dyke, Gareth (2011) A high latitude hesperornithiform (Aves) from Devon Island: palaeobiogeography and size distribution of North American hesperornithiforms. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 9, (1), 9-23. (doi:10.1080/14772019.2010.502910).
Nudds, Robert L., Kaiser, Gary V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2011) Scaling of avian primary feather length. PLoS ONE, 6, (2), e15665. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015665).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Ősi, Attila (2010) A review of Late Cretaceous fossil birds from Hungary. Geological Journal, 45, (4), 434-444. (doi:10.1002/gj.1209).
Cavin, L., Tong, H., Boudad, L., Meister, C., Piuz, A., Tabouelle, J., Aarab, M., Amiot, R., Buffetaut, E., Dyke, G., Hua, S. and Le Loeuff, J. (2010) Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: an overview. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 57, (5), 391-412. (doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2009.12.007).
Palmer, Colin and Dyke, Gareth J. (2010) Moving on from Kirkpatrick (1994): estimating ‘safety factors’ for flying vertebrates. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, 2174. (doi:10.1242/jeb.044537).
Bertelli, Sara, Lindow, Bent E.K., Dyke, Gareth J. and Chiappe, Luis M. (2010) A well-preserved ‘charadriiform-like’ fossil bird from the early Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark. Palaeontology, 53, (3), 507-531. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00950.x).
Palmer, Colin and Dyke, Gareth J. (2010) Biomechanics of the unique pterosaur pteroid. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 277, (1684), 1121-1127. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.1899).
Mateus, O., Dyke, Gareth J., Motchurova-Dekova, N., Kamenov, G. D. and Ivanov, P. (2010) The first record of a dinosaur from Bulgaria. Lethaia, 43, (1), 88-94. (doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.2009.00174.x).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Kaiser, Gary (2010) Cracking a developmental constraint: egg size and bird evolution. Records of the Australian Museum, 62, (1), 207-216. (doi:10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1547).
Chritz, Kendra L., Dyke, Gareth J., Zazzo, Antoine, Lister, Adrian M., Monaghan, Nigel T. and Sigwart, Julia D. (2009) Palaeobiology of an extinct Ice Age mammal: stable isotope and cementum analysis of giant deer teeth. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 282, (1-4), 133-144. (doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.08.018).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Lindow, Bent (2009) Taphonomy and abundance of birds from the Lower Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark. Geological Journal, 44, (3), 365-373. (doi:10.1002/gj.1150).
Nudds, Robert L. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2009) Forelimb posture in dinosaurs and the evolution of the avian flapping flight-stroke. Evolution, 63, (4), 994-1002. (doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00613.x).
Walker, Cyril A. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2009) Euenantiornithine birds from the late Cretaceous of El Brete (Argentina). Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 27, 15-62. (doi:10.3318/IJES.2010.27.15).
Malakhov, D.V., Dyke, Gareth J. and King, C. (2009) Remote sensing applied to paleontology: exploration of Upper Cretaceous sediments in Kazakhstan for potential fossil sites. Paleontologica Electronica, 12, (2), 12.2.3T.
Dyke, Gareth J., McGowan, A.J., Nudds, R.L. and Smith, D. (2009) The shape of pterosaur evolution: evidence from the fossil record. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22, (4), 890-898. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2008.01682.x).
Smith, Adam S. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2008) The skull of the giant predatory pliosaur Rhomaleosaurus cramptoni: implications for plesiosaur phylogenetics. Naturwissenschaften, 95, (10), 975-980. (doi:10.1007/s00114-008-0402-z). (PMID:18523747).
Waterhouse, David W., Lindow, Bent E.K., Zelenkov, Nikita V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2008) Two new fossil parrots (Psittaciformes) from the Lower Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark. Palaeontology, 51, (3), 575-582. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00777.x).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Walker, Cyril A. (2008) New records of fossil 'waterbirds' from the Miocene of Kenya. American Museum Novitates, (3610), 3610-[12pp].
Hone, D.W.E., Dyke, G.J., Benton, M.J. and Haden, M. (2008) Body size evolution in Mesozoic Birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21, (2), 618-624. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01483.x).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Crowe, Timothy M. (2008) Avian paleontology: opinions and quasi-phenetics vs characters and cladistics. Cladistics, 24, (1), 77-81. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2007.00188.x).
Dyke, G.J., Schulp, A.S. and Jagt, J.W.M. (2008) Bird remains from the Maastrichtian type area (Late Cretaceous). Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 87, (4), 353-358.
Zelenkov, Nikita V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2008) The fossil record and evolution of mousebirds (Aves: Coliiformes). Palaeontology, 51, (6), 1403-1418. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00814.x).
Walker, C.A., Buffetaut, E. and Dyke, G.J. (2007) Large euenantiornithine birds from the Cretaceous of southern France, North America and Argentina. Geological Magazine, 144, (6), 977-986. (doi:10.1017/​S0016756807003871).
Dyke, Gareth J., Nudds, Robert L. and Walker, Cyril A. (2007) The Pliocene Phoebastria (Diomedia) anglica: Lydekker’s English fossil Albatross. Ibis, 149, (3), 626-631. (doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2007.00678.x).
Kurochkin, Evgeny N., Dyke, Gareth J., Saveliev, Sergie V., Perushov, Evgeny N. and Popov, Evgeny V. (2007) A fossil brain from the Cretaceous of European Russia and avian sensory evolution. Biology Letters, 3, (3), 309-313. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2006.0617 ).
Dyke, Gareth J., Nudds, R.L. and Benton, M. (2007) Modern avian radiation across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundaryno access. The Auk, 124, (1), 339-341. (doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2007)124[339:MARATC]2.0.CO;2 ).
Lindow, Bent E.K. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2007) A small galliform bird from the Lower Eocene Fur Formation. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, 55, 59-63.
Chiappe, Luis M., Suzuki, Shigeru, Dyke, Gareth J., Watabe, Mahito, Tsogtbaatar, K. and Barsbold, Rinchen (2007) A new enantiornithine bird from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi Desert. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 5, (2), 193-2008. (doi:10.1017/S1477201906001969).
Nudds, R.L., Dyke, Gareth J. and Rayner, J.M.V. (2007) Avian brachial index and wing-kinematics: putting movement back into bones. Journal of Zoology, 272, (2), 218-226. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00261.x).
Dyke, Gareth J., Malakhov, D.V. and Chiappe, L.M. (2006) The marine bird Asiahesperornis from the Cretaceous of northern Kazakhstan. Cretaceous Research, 27, (6), 947-953. (doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2006.05.001).
Lindow, B.E.K. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) Bird evolution in the Eocene: climate change in Europe and a Danish fossil fauna. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 81, (4), 483-499. (doi:10.1017/S146479310600707X). (PMID:16893476).
Gandola , R., Buffetaut, E., Monaghan, N. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) Salt glands in the fossil crocodile Metriorhynchus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26, (4), 1009-1010. (doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2006)26[1009:SGITFC]2.0.CO;2).
Chiappe, L.M. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) The early evolutionary history of birds. Journal of the Paleontological Society of Korea, 22, 133-151.
Dyke, Gareth J., Nudds, R.L. and Rayner, J.M.V. (2006) Limb disparity and wing shape in pterosaurs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19, (4), 1339-1342. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01096.x).
Walker, C.A. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) New records of Miocene fossil birds of prey from western Kenya. Historical Biology, 18, (3), 91-94. (doi:10.1080/08912960600639434).
Leonard, L., Dyke, Gareth J. and Walker, C.A. (2006) New specimens of a fossil ostrich from the Miocene of Kenya. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 45, (4-5), 391-394. (doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2006.03.007).
Zhang, F., Zhou, Z, and Dyke, Gareth J. (2006) Feathers and 'feather-like' integumentary structures in Liaoning birds and dinosaurs. Geological Journal, 41, (3-4), 395-404. (doi:10.1002/gj.1057).
Dyke, Gareth J., Nudds, R.L. and Rayner, J.M.V. (2006) Flight of Sharovipteryx: the world's first delta-winged glider. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19, (4), 1040-1043. (doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01105.x).
Morrison, K., Dyke, Gareth J. and Chiappe, L.M. (2005) Cretaceous fossil birds from Hornby Island (British Columbia). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42, (12), 2097-2101.
Leonard, L., Dyke, Gareth J. and Tuinen, M. (2005) A new specimen of the fossil Palaeognath Lithornis from the earliest Palaeogene of Denmark. American Museum Novitates, 3491, 1-11.
Fountaine, T.M.R., Benton, M.J., Dyke, Gareth J. and Nudds, R.L. (2005) The quality of the fossil record of Mesozoic birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 272, (1560), 289-294. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2004.2923).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Norell, M.A. (2005) Caudipteryx as a non-avialan theropod rather than a flightless bird. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50, (1), 101-116. (doi:10.4202/app).
Buffetaut, E., Dyke, Gareth J., Suteethorn, V. and Tong, H. (2005) First record of a fossil bird from the Early Cretaceous of Thailand. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 4, (8), 681-686. (doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2005.06.002).
Grellet-Tinner, Gerald and Dyke, Gareth J. (2005) The eggshell of the Eocene bird Lithornis. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50, (4), 831-835.
Sigwart, J.D., Callaghan, E., Colla, A., Dyke, Gareth J., McCaffrey, S.L. and Monaghan, N.T. (2005) Belatedly hatching ornithology collections at the National Museum of Ireland. Zoologische Mededelingen, 79, (3), 19-28.
Dyke, Gareth J. and Walker, C.A. (2005) New records of fossil birds from the Pliocene of Kallo, Belgium. Neues Jahrbuch fuer Geologie und Palaeontologie, 241, (4), 233-247.
Dyke, Gareth J. and van Tuinen, Marcel (2004) The evolutionary radiation of modern birds (Neornithes): reconciling molecules, morphology and the fossil record. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 141, (2), 153-177. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2004.00118.x).
van Tuinen, Marcel, Waterhouse, David and Dyke, Gareth J. (2004) Avian molecular systematics on the rebound: a fresh look at modern shorebird phylogenetic relationships. Journal of Avian Biology, 35, (3), 191-194. (doi:10.1111/j.0908-8857.2004.03362.x).
Naish, D.V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2004) Heptasteornis was no ornithominid, troodontid, dromaeosaurid or owl: the first alvarezsaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from Europe. Neues Jahrbuch fuer Geologie und Palaeontologie , 2004, (7), 385-401.
Dyke, Gareth J., Waterhouse, D.M. and Kristoffersen, A.V. (2004) Three new landbirds from the early Paleogene of Denmark. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, 51
Nudds, R.L., Dyke, G.J. and Rayner, J.M.V. (2004) Forelimb proportions and the evolutionary radiation of Neornithes. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: Biological Sciences, 271, supplement 5, S324-S327. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2004.0167).
van Tuinen, M. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2004) Calibration of galliform molecular clocks using multiple fossils and genetic partitions. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30, (1), 74-86. (doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00164-7).
Dyke, Gareth J. (2003) Letters. "Big bang" for Tertiary birds? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 18, (9), 441-442. (doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(03)00156-3).
Dyke, Gareth J., Gulas, Bonnie E. and Crowe, Timothy M. (2003) The suprageneric relationships of galliform birds (Aves, Galliformes): a cladistic analysis of morphological characters. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 137, (2), 227-244. (doi:10.1046/j.1096-3642.2003.00048.x).
Malakhov, D.V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2003) New finds of Upper Cretaceous vertebrates from the South-Eastern Aral sea region of Kazakhstan. Selevinia: The Zoological Journal of Kazakstan, 2003, 66-73.
Dyke, Gareth J., Dortangs, Rudi W., Jagt, John W., Mulder, Eric W., Schulp, Anne S. and Chiappe, Luis M. (2002) Europe’s last Mesozoic bird. Naturwissenschaften, 89, (9), 408-411. (doi:10.1007/s00114-002-0352-9 ).
Dyke, Gareth J. (2002) Should paleontologists use "phylogenetic" nomenclature? Journal of Paleontology, 76, (5), 789-792.
Chiappe, L.M. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2002) The Mesozoic radiation of birds. Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics, 33, 91-124. (doi:10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.33.010802.150517).
Kurochkin, E.N., Dyke, Gareth J. and Karhu, A.A. (2002) A new presbyornithid bird (Aves, Anseriformes) from the Late Cretaceous of Southern Mongolia. American Museum Novitates, 3386, 1-11. (0003-0082(2002)386<0001:ANPBAA>2.0.CO;2).
Suzuki, S., Chiappe, L.M., Dyke, Gareth J., Watabe, M., Barsbold, R. and Tsogtbaatar, K. (2002) A new specimen of Shuvuuia deserti from the Mongolian Late Cretaceous and the relationships of alvarezsaurids to other theropod dinosaurs. Contributions in Science, 494, 1-20.
Dyke, Gareth J. (2001) A primitive swift from the London Clay and the relationships of fossil apodiform birds. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 21, (1), 195-200.
Dyke, Gareth J. and Waterhouse, David M. (2001) A mousebird (Aves, Coliiformes) from the Eocene of England. Journal für Ornithologie, 141, (1), 7-15. (doi:10.1046/j.1439-0361.2000.00040.x).
Dyke, Gareth J. (2001) Fossil pseudasturid birds (Aves, Pseudasturidae) from the London Clay. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum.Geology Series, 57, 1-4.
Dyke, Gareth J. and Cooper, Joanne H. (2000) A new psittaciform bird from the London Clay (Lower Eocene) of England. Palaeontology, 143, (2), 271-286. (doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00126).
Dyke, Gareth J. (2000) Dealing with problems of phylogenetic reconstruction in an extinct vertebrate group: an example using Mesozoic birds. Terra Nostra: Schriften der Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, 7, 1-7.
Martin, J.W.R., Walker, C.A., Bonser, R. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2000) A new species of large auk from the Pliocene of Belgium. Oryctos, 3, 53-60.
Dyke, Gareth J. and Mayr, G. (1999) Did parrots exist in the Cretaceous period? Nature, 399, 317-318. (doi:10.1038/20583).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Thorley, J. (1998) Reduced cladistic consensus methods and the avian affinities of Protoavis and Avimimus. Archaeopteryx, 16, 123-129.
Dyke, Gareth J. (1998) Does archosaur phylogeny hinge on the ankle joint? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 18, (3), 558-562. (doi:10.1080/02724634.1998.10011083).


Fozy, Istvan and Szente, Istvan (2013) Fossils of the Carpathian Region, Indiana University Press, 508pp.
Dyke, Gareth and Kaiser, Gary (eds.) (2011) Living dinosaurs: the evolutionary history of modern birds, Chichester, GB, Wiley, 440pp.

Book Section

Dyke, Gareth J. and Leonard, Leona (2012) Palaeognathae. In, Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Chichester, GB, John Wiley, 5pp. (doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0001550.pub3).
Dyke, Gareth and Gardiner, Eoin (2011) The utility of fossil taxa and the evolution of modern birds: commentary and analysis. In, Dyke, Gareth and Kaiser, Gary (eds.) Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds. Oxford, GB, John Wiley & Sons, 146-154.
Kaiser, Gary and Dyke, Gareth (2011) Introduction: Changing the questions in avian palaeontology. In, Dyke, Gareth and Kaiser, Gary (eds.) Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds. Oxford, GB, John Wiley & Sons, 3-8.
Chiappe, Luis M. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2007) The beginnings of birds: recent discoveries, ongoing arguments and new directions. In, Anderson, Jason S. and Sues, Hans-Dieter (eds.) Major Transitions in Vertebrate Evolution. Bloomington, US, Indiana University Press, 303-336. (Life of the Past).
Dyke, Gareth J. (2007) Hesperornithiformes. In, Yearbook of Science and Technology. Maidenhead, GB, McGraw-Hill Professional, 493-494.
Dyke, Gareth J. (2007) Ichthyornithiformes. In, McGraw-Hill 2007 Yearbook of Science and Technology. London, GB, McGraw-Hill Professional, p.13.
Dyke, G.J. and Chiappe, L.M. (2005) Fossil vertebrates: birds. In, Selley, Richard C., Cocks, L. Robin M. and Plimer, Ian R. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Geology. London, GB, Elsevier, 497-501. (doi:10.1016/B0-12-369396-9/00358-0 ).
Leonard, L. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2005) Palaeognathae (Flightless birds). In, The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. London, GB, Macmillan International Publishers. (doi:10.1038/npg.els.0004122).
Cracraft, J., Barker, F.K., Braun, M., Harshman, J., Dyke, Gareth J., Feinstein, J., Stanley, S., Cibois, A., Schikle, P., Beresford, P., García-Moreno, J., Sorenson, M.D., Yuri, T. and Mindell, D.P. (2004) Phylogenetic relationships among modern birds (Neornithes): towards an avian tree of life. In, Cracraft, Joel and Donoghue, Michael J. (eds.) Assembling the Tree of Life. Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 468-489.
Dyke, Gareth J. (2003) The fossil record and molecular clocks: basal radiations within Neornithes. In, Donoghue, Philip C.J. (ed.) Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record. London, GB, CRC Press, 263-278.
Rayner, J.M.V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2003) Origins and evolution of diversity in the avian wing. In, Vertebrate Biomechanics and Evolution. Oxford, GB, Bios Scientific, 297-314.
Dyke, Gareth J. and Chiappe, L.M. (2003) Origin of birds. In, Yearbook of Science and Technology. Maidenhead, GB, McGraw Hill, 26-28.
Makovicky, P.J. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2001) Naive falsification and the origin of birds: a commentary. In, Gauthier, Jacques and Gall, Lawrence F. (eds.) New Perspectives on the Origin and Evolution of Birds: Proceedings of the International Symposium in Honor of John H. Ostrom. New Haven, US, Yale University, 501-509. (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Special Publications).
Dyke, Gareth J. and Rayner, J.M.V. (2001) Forelimb shape and the evolution of birds. In, Gauthier, Jacques and Gall, Lawrence F. (eds.) New Perspectives on the Origin and Early Evolution of Birds: Proceedings of the International Symposium in Honor of John H. Ostrom. International Symposium in Honor of John H. Ostrom , Yale Peabody Museum, 275-282. (Yale Peabody Museum Special Publications).

Conference or Workshop Item

Dyke, Gareth J. and Sigwart, J.D. (2003) The search for a 'smoking gun': no need for an alternative to the Linnaean System of classification. In, International Symposium on Animal Names, Venice, IT, , 35-48.


Research Interests

Current research projects include:

  • Anatomy and evolution of Lower Eocene birds
  • Cretaceous palaeoenvironments of Transylvania, Romania
  • Evolution of wings in dinosaurs (and birds)
  • Pterosaur flight biomechanics
  • Diversity and disparity of Cretaceous birds
  • Evolution and diversity of galliform birds

Current book projects:

  • Fossils of the Carpathian Basin
  • Nopcsa, the Dinosaur Baron of Transylvania

My research addresses the evolutionary history of birds and their dinosaurian relatives and encompasses anatomy, phylogenetics, functional morphology, palaeoecology, taphonomy, sedimentology and aerodynamics as well as the analysis and interpretation of large fossil-record datasets. My research prospectus, current and future, is grounded in the fossil record – the only dataset recording the history of life on Earth – but draws extensively on living animals. With a strong background, professional training and publications in leading journals in both Biology and Earth Sciences, my research sits at the interface between these two fields.

I am emphasising and building three over-arching themes at the University of Southampton:
(1) Quantifying dinosaur biodiversity in geological time with emphasis on fossils from southern England;
(2) Birds survivorship at the end-Cretaceous and the evolution of modern avifaunas;
(3) Flight evolution and refinement in the context of global climate change.

Primary research group:  Marine Biology and Ecology


-MRes, Vertebrate Palaeontology

-Editorial Board Scientific Reports 

-Editor-in-Chief, Historical Biology

-Reviewing editorial board, Cell Reports 

Teaching Responsibilities

Module co-ordinator for:
SOES 3049/6004 Vertebrate Palaeobiology: Phylogenetics and Evolution
SOES 6024 Vertebrate Palaeontology of the Isle-of-Wight: MRes Fieldtrip
SOES 6001 Contemporary Topics (Geology & Geophysics) (co-convenor with Dr J Matter)

Teaching (lecturing and/or practicals) on:
SOES 2032 Environmental Palaeobiology
SOES 2011 Marine Vertebrates
SOES 3035 Oceanography Research Methods 
BIOL 3010 Topics in Ecology and Evolution


Dr Gareth Dyke
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom

Room Number: NOCS/566/11

Telephone: (023) 8059 3110
Email: gareth.dyke@soton.ac.uk