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. In press. Computational fluid dynamics as a tool for testing functional and ecological hypotheses in fossil taxa. Palaeontology. doi:10.1111/pala.12295

Darroch, S.A.F., Rahman, I.A., Gibson, B., Racicot, R.A. & Laflamme, M. 2017. Inference of facultative mobility in the enigmatic Ediacaran organism Parvancorina. Biology Letters 13: 20170033. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2017.0033

Davies, T.G., Rahman, I.A., Lautenschlager, S., Cunningham, J.A., Asher, R.J., Barrett, P.M., Bates, K.T., Bengtson, S., Benson, R.B.J., Boyer, D.M., Braga, J., Bright, J.A., Claessens, L.P.A.M., Cox, P.G., Dong, X.-P., Evans, A.R., Falkingham, P.L., Friedman, M., Garwood, R.J. Goswami, A., Hutchinson, J.R., Jeffery, N.S., Johanson, Z., Lebrun, R., Martínez-Pérez, C., Marugán-Lobón, J., O’Higgins, P.M., Metscher, B., Orliac, M., Rowe, T.B., Rücklin, M., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R., Shubin, N.H., Smith, S.Y., Starck, J.M., Stringer, C., Summers, A.P., Sutton, M.D., Walsh, S.A., Weisbecker, V., Witmer, L.M., Wroe, S., Yin, Z., Rayfield, E.J. & Donoghue, P.C.J. 2017. Open data and digital morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170194. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0194

Rahman, I.A. 2017. Palaeontology: tiny fossils in the animal family tree. Nature 542: 170–171 doi:10.1038/nature21493

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

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

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

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

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


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