Professor David Siveter

Emeritus Professor of Palaeontology

School/Department: Geography Geology & The Environment, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)778 876 5747



I am Emeritus Professor of Palaeontology at my Alma mater the University of Leicester from which I obtained BSc PhD and DSc degrees. I am a former President of The Micropalaeontological Society and a recipient of its Brady Medal. I am also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Kunming University Yunnan Province China and St Petersburg Mining University Russia


Major research interests are in Cambrian-Silurian rocks and invertebrate fossils some 400-530 million years old. Focus has been on the study of fossil arthropods especially ostracod crustaceans and exceptionally preserved fossils. These include especially the celebrated faunas of Chengjiang China and Herefordshire in the Welsh Borderland. Field-based research projects have been undertaken particularly in China Japan Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan North America and various parts of Europe. Projects have been funded by NERC the Royal Society Leverhulme Trust et al.


Briggs, D.E.G, Siveter, David J. & Siveter, Derek J. 1996. Soft-bodied fossils from a Silurian volcaniclastic deposit. Nature, 382, 284-250.
Siveter, David J. & Williams, M. 1997. Cambrian bradoriid and phosphatocopid arthropods of North America. Spec. Pap. Palaeontology, 57, 69 pp, 9 pls. 
Siveter, David J., Williams, M. & Waloszek, D. 2001. A phosphatocopid crustacean with appendages from the Lower Cambrian. Science, 293, 479-481. 
Siveter, David J., Sutton, M., Briggs, D. E. G. & Siveter, Derek J. 2003. An ostracode crustacean with soft-parts from the Lower Silurian. Science, 302, 1749-1751. 
Zhang, Xi-guang, Siveter, David J., Waloszek, D. & Maas, A. 2007. An epipodite-bearing crown-group crustacean from the Lower Cambrian. Nature, 449, 595-598. 
Siveter, David J., Briggs, D. E. G, Siveter, Derek J., Sutton, M. & Joomun, S.C. 2013. A Silurian myodocope with preserved soft-parts: cautioning the interpretation of the shell- based ostracod record. Proc. Royal Soc. London B, 280, 20122664. 
Siveter, David J., Tanaka, G., Farell, C. Ú., Martin, M. J., Siveter Derek J. & Briggs, D. E. G. 2014. Exceptionally preserved 450 million-year-old ostracods with brood care. Current Biology, 24, 801-806. 
Siveter, David J., Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, Derek J. & Sutton, M. 2015. A 425 million-year- old pentastomid parasitic on ostracods. Current Biology, 25, 1632-1637. 
Siveter, David J., Briggs, D. E. G., Siveter, Derek J., Sutton, M. & Legg, D. 2017. A new crustacean from the Herefordshire Lagerstätte, UK, and its significance in malacostracan evolution. Proc. Royal Soc. London B, 284, 2017029. 
Hou X-g, Siveter David J., Siveter, Derek, J., Aldridge, R. J., Cong, P-y., Gabbott, S. E., Ma X-y, Purnell, M. A. & Williams, M. 2017. The Cambrian fossils of Chengjiang, China: the flowering of early animal life. 328 pp. Wiley: Oxford. 



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Press and media



Have served on Council/committee of the Palaeontological Association the Palaeontographical Society; past Vice President) The Micropalaeontological Society (past President & Editor).


Keynote speaker/chairman at many national/international conferences. Invited by Chinese Government to author (with R. Aldridge Derek Siveter) its (successful) UNESCO World Heritage Application for Chengjiang Lagerstätte. President (2004-7) Micropalaeontological Soc.; awarded its (premier) ‘Brady Medal’ (2014).


Attended/presented at palaeontological conferences in Japan China London Poland et al.

Media coverage

Commentary on a published paper in BBC news TV and numerous newspapers/magazines world-wide



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