Daniel Cashmore

Daniel Cashmore

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Daniel Cashmore is undertaking doctoral research into the completeness of the tetrapod (four-limbed vertebrates) fossil record. He is using quantitative approaches to estimate the proportion of preserved skeletal material of numerous tetrapod clades spanning the entire Phanerozoic. The project will ultimately address how this completeness relates to the environment, ecology, body size, diversity changes and geological sampling of tetrapods.


2014. MSci. University of Birmingham


Daniel Cashmore previously studied Palaeobiology and Palaeoenvironments at the University of Birmingham. For his Master’s equivalent thesis he used organismal phylogeny to understand the palaeobiogeography of Permian-Triassic temnospondyl amphibians under the guidance of Dr Richard Butler. Between his undergraduate and current PhD he spent a year working as a field geophysicist for the archaeology and engineering survey company Stratascan Ltd.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The completeness of the tetrapod fossil record
Supervisors Dr Richard Butler, Dr Ivan Sansom, Professor Paul Upchurch, Dr Philip Mannion


Research interests

  • Temnospondyl amphibian phylogeny and palaeobiogeography
  • Quality of the fossil record
  • Changes in tetrapod skeletal completeness and diversity through time and space