Here are some examples of my work in the media:

Taphonomic biases in the Cephalopod fossil record

My paper on the how the decay of squids and octopus can explain their patchy fossil record made the Guardians top papers of 2016!

FAU blog post (in German) “Why are there no fossil squid?”


EGU blog

Read an article about my work on decaying fish and how that informs us about the fossilisation process:


Find my report of the meeting here (Palaeontological Association newsletter #92)

Solving the Tullimonstrum mystery 

Some media snippets about the weird and wonderful state fossil of Illinois:

Listen to an interview with me about our work from Palaeocast!

Laboratory News piece on I wrote about how we made the discovery: Beauty of the Beast

Nature’s news and views:Getting the measure of a monster

Live Science article: Jeepers, Peepers! Tully Monster’s Eyes Prove It’s a Vertebrate

UoLeicester press release: Prehistoric peepers provide vital clue in solving ancient ‘Tully Monster’ mystery

Local Illinois news story: Burpee Museum fossils help solve mystery of the ‘Tully Monster’

Daily Mail story: Prehistoric peepers unlock more secrets of the weird Tully monster: Pigment cells prove the 300-million-year-old ‘sea alien’ had eyes on stalks and a backbone


PhysOrg Story: 300 million year old ‘Tully Monster’ was a vertebrate, researchers identify

Science Daily: Prehistoric peepers give vital clue in solving 300-million-year-old ‘Tully Monster’

A response to a rebuttal by Sallen et al. (2017):

Laboratory News: ‘Tully monster debate reignited’


EGU press conference 

Invited to give press conference on my research.

See the UoLeicester’s press release here: PRESS

Watch the video of the live conference here: VIDEO

The Palaeontological Association Newsletter #96

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The Palaeontological Association Newsletter #90

Click here: #fossilsinthefield competition 

“This past Northern Hemisphere summer field season we asked you to share your field photos on social media using the hashtag #fossilsinthefield (Newsletter 89), and we had an excellent response… 

…Our favourite was from Thomas Clements (@Thomas_Clements) who is researching the exceptional preservation of soft tissues in the Mazon Creek Carboniferous Lagerstätte in the USA. We felt that it captured the essence of fieldwork, with wet feet and the effort required to retrieve fossils in fairly treacherous circumstances. The image shows locals Daniel Holm (left) and his father, Adam Holm, hunting for nodules, using hoes to extract them from riverbed. The Holms are experts at finding fossil-bearing nodules, and can tell if they are fossiliferous often by sight or shape alone. Nodules collected by Thomas are destined for geochemical analysis in order to determine how the nodules formed and if fossil preservation is linked to their chemical composition.”

The Holm’s sitting on the bank of the Mazon River after a hard day of nodule hunting.