Dr Imran Rahman, Museum Research Fellow

Imran Rahman

Email: imran.rahman@oum.ox.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1865 272996

Research summary
My research is focused on the palaeobiology and early evolution of echinoderms. I analyse Palaeozoic fossils with the aid of X-ray tomography and computer simulations, thereby obtaining new insights into their morphology, systematics and function. I am also interested in the anatomy and development of modern species. This work has allowed me to test long-standing hypotheses concerning the mode of life, phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of early echinoderms, with implications for understanding the Cambrian explosion and the emergence of animals more generally.

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Selected publications

Rahman, I.A., Darroch, S.A.F., Racicot, R.A. & Laflamme, M. 2015. Suspension feeding in the enigmatic Ediacaran organism Tribrachidium demonstrates complexity of Neoproterozoic ecosystems. Science Advances 1: e1500800. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1500800

Rahman, I.A., Waters, J.A., Sumrall, C.D. & Astolfo, A. 2015. Early post-metamorphic, Carboniferous blastoid reveals the evolution and development of the digestive system in echinoderms. Biology Letters 11: 20150776. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0776

Three-dimensional computer reconstruction of Ctenoimbricata spinosa Three-dimensional computer reconstruction of Ctenoimbricata spinosa (Zamora et al. 2012).

Rahman, I.A., Zamora, S., Falkingham, P.L. & Phillips, J.C. 2015. Cambrian cinctan echinoderms shed light on feeding in the ancestral deuterostome. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20151964. doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1964

Dougherty, L., Rahman, I.A., Burdfield-Steel, E.R., Greenway, E.V. & Shuker, D.M. 2015. Experimental reduction of intromittent organ length reduces male reproductive success in a bug. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150724. doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.0724

Zamora, S. & Rahman, I.A. 2014. Deciphering the early evolution of echinoderms with Cambrian fossils. Palaeontology 57: 1105–1119. doi:10.1111/pala.12138

Cunningham, J.A., Rahman, I.A., Lautenschlager, S., Rayfield, E.J. & Donoghue, P.C.J. 2014. A virtual world of palaeontology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29: 347–357. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.04.004

Rahman, I.A., Adcock, K. & Garwood, R.J. 2012. Virtual fossils: a new resource for science communication in paleontology. Evolution: Education and Outreach 5: 635–641. doi:10.1007/s12052-012-0458-2

Zamora, S., Rahman, I.A. & Smith, A.B. 2012. Plated Cambrian bilaterians reveal the earliest stages of echinoderm evolution. PLoS ONE 7: e38296.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038296

Rahman, I.A. & Clausen, S. 2009. Re-evaluating the palaeobiology and affinities of the Ctenocystoidea (Echinodermata). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 7: 413–426. doi:10.1017/S1477201909990046

Rahman, I.A. & Zamora, S. 2009. The oldest cinctan carpoid (stem-group Echinodermata), and the evolution of the water vascular system. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 420–432. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00517.x

Complete publications list

Computer simulation of water flow around Protocinctus mansillaensis Computer simulation of water flow around Protocinctus mansillaensis (Rahman et al. 2015a)

St Cross College, University of Oxford
The Palaeontological Association


Sammy De Grave Jack Matthews Sancia van der Meij Duncan Murdock James Neenan Imran Rahman Mark Robinson Derek Siveter Paul Smith
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