Dr David Whiteside

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Dr David Whiteside is an honorary research associate in the Evans Lab.
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Dr David Whiteside gained his Ph.D. at Bristol university in 1983. He has written papers including the first description of the basal sphenodontian Diphydontosaurus avonis and originated the theory that the lower temporal bar was secondarily derived in Sphenodon (Whiteside 1983, 1986). David has also written papers that give a specific date and palaeoenvironment to the Triassic fissures of West England (Whiteside and Marshall 2008). David has returned to research in the last few years though still has a day job supporting local authorities and their schools. David is an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Selected publications:

  • Marshall JEA, Whiteside DI. 1980. Marine influence in the Triassic 'uplands'. Nature 287:627-628: DOI: 10.1038/287627a0
  • Whiteside DI, Robinson D. 1983. A glauconitic clay-mineral from a speleological deposit of Late Triassic age. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 41: 81–85. DOI: 10.1016/0031-0182(83)90077-9
  • Whiteside DI. 1986. The head skeleton of the Rhaetian sphenodontid Diphydontosaurus avonis gen. et sp. nov., and the modernising of a living fossil. Phil Trans R Soc London B312:379–430 http://www.jstor.org/stable/2396214
  • Whiteside DI, Marshall JEA. 2008. The age, fauna and palaeoenvironment of the Late Triassic fissure deposits of Tytherington, South Gloucestershire, UK. Geological Magazine 145:105–147. DOI: 10.1017/S0016756807003925

Selected abstracts:

  • Whiteside DI. 1983. Modernising of a 'living fossil'. Palaeontological Association annual conference abstract booklet. 28-29.
  • Whiteside DI. 2009. Faunal succession of the Late Triassic-Early Jurassic terrestrial tetrapod assemblages from the fissure deposits of south western Britain. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3)S: 200A.