Lucy McCobb

Contact Details

Dr Lucy McCobb
Palaeontology
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3352

Staff Name

Dr Lucy McCobb

Job Title

Senior Curator: Palaeontology (Arthropods)

Areas of Responsibility:

Fossils, particularly Palaeozoic and arthropods.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (First Class, Joint Hons) Biology and Geology (Bristol); PhD Taphonomy of exceptionally preserved tissues (Bristol).

Outreach Officer (Palaeontological Association), Council Member (Palaeontographical Society). Member of: Geological Curators’ Group.

Research Interests

Taxonomy of Ordovician trilobites, and using trilobite fossils for biostratigraphy and palaeobiogeography.  Recent research projects have focused on trilobite faunas from Greenland, Canada, Kazakhstan and south Wales.   Other research has focused on other groups of arthropods (insects, lobsters), problematic fossils (machaeridia), and the taphonomy of exceptionally preserved fossils.   Another key interest is outreach and dissemination, including work on several temporary exhibitions, and co-ordinating public events in the Natural Sciences Department.

Keywords

Taxonomy, palaeobiogeography, biostratigraphy, taphonomy, Arthropoda, Trilobita, trilobites, collections, Ordovician, Greenland, Newfoundland, Kazakhstan, Wales.

Links

Selected Publications

McCobb, L. M. E., Boyce, W. D., Knight, I. & Stouge, S. 2014. Lower Ordovician trilobites from the Septembersø formation, North-East GreenlandAlcheringa, 38, 575-598.

McCobb, L. M. E., Boyce, W. D., Knight, I. & Stouge, S. 2014. Early Ordovician (Skullrockian) Trilobites of the Antiklinalbugt Formation, North-east Greenland, and their biostratigraphic significance [PDF]. Journal of Paleontology, 88 (5), 982-1018.

W. D. Boyce, L. M. E. McCobb and I. Knight. 2013. Continuing stratigraphic and trilobite studies of the Watts Bight Formation (St. George Group), Port au Port Peninsula, Western NewfoundlandCurrent Research, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources, Geological SurveyReport 13-1, 205-222.

McCobb, L. M. E. 2013. Golden Wonder! Rare fossil trilobite preserved in stunning detail. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales website.

Ghobadi Pour, M., Popov, L. E., McCobb, L. M. E. and Percival, I. G. 2011. New data on the late Ordovician trilobite faunas of Kazakhstan: implications for biogeography of tropical peri-Gondwana. In: Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Rábano, I. and García-Bellido, D. (eds.), Ordovician of the World. Cuadernos del Museo Geominero, 14. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Madrid, 171-178.

McCobb, L. M. E., Boyce, W. D. and Knight, I. 2011. Correlation of Lower Ordovician (Ibexian) faunas in north-eastern Greenland and western Newfoundland - new trilobite and biostratigraphic data. In: Gutiérrez-Marco, J. C., Rábano, I. and García-Bellido, D. (eds.), Ordovician of the World. Cuadernos del Museo Geominero, 14. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Madrid, 339-346.

Boyce, W. D., McCobb, L. M. E. and Knight, I. 2011.  Stratigraphic Studies of the Watts Bight Formation (St. George Group), Port au Port Peninsula, Western Newfoundland. Current Research, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, Report 11-1, 215-240.

Ghobadi Pour, M., McCobb, L. M. E.,Owens, R. M. and Popov, L. E. 2011 (for 2010).  Late Ordovican trilobites from the Karagach Formation of the western Tarbagatai Range, KazakhstanEarth and Environmental Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 101, 161-187. 

McCobb, L. M. E. and Hairapetian, V. 2009.  A new lobster Paraclytia valashtensis (Crustacea, Decapoda, Nephropidae) from the Late Cretaceous of the central Alborz Range, Iran. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 83, 419-430.

McCobb, L. M. E. and Bassett, M. G. 2008Machaeridians from the Lower Silurian (Llandovery, Telychian) of Shropshire, England.  Journal of Paleontology, 82 (6), 1207-1214.

McCobb, L. M. E., Briggs, D. E. G. & Hall, A. R. 2004.  The preservation of invertebrates in 16th century cesspits at St Saviourgate, YorkArchaeometry, 46 (1), 157-169.

McCobb, L. M. E., Briggs, D. E. G., Carruthers, W. & Evershed, R. P.  2003. Phosphatisation of seeds and roots in a late Bronze Age midden at Potterne, WiltshireJournal of Archaeological Science, 30, 1269-1281.

McCobb, L. M. E., Duncan, I. J., Jarzembowski, E. A., Stankiewicz, B. A., Wills, M. A. & Briggs, D. E. G.  1998.  Taphonomy of insects from the Bembridge Marls (Late Eocene), Isle of Wight, EnglandGeological Magazine, 135, 553-563.