Colin Patterson

Natural History Museum 
Vertebrate Palaeontology
"Colin Patterson"

Colin Patterson, who died in London earlier this year at the age of 64, will be remembered for his part in the cladistic reform of palaeontology. This was the period in which the traditional method in palaeontology, the search for ancestors, was abandoned in favour of the search for the sister group — of evidence of the nearest relative.

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Forey PL, Patterson C. (2006) Description and systematic relationships of †Tomognathus, an enigmatic fish from the English Chalk Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 4: 157-184
Forey PL, Yi L, Patterson C, et al. (2003) Fossil fishes from the Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Namoura, Lebanon Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 1: 227-330
Patterson C. (1998) Comments on basal teleosts and teleostean phylogeny, by Gloria Arratia. Copeia. 1998: 1107-1113
Patterson C, Owen HG. (1991) Indian isolation or contact? A response to Briggs Systematic Biology. 40: 96-100
Patterson C, Longbottom AE. (1989) An Eocene Amiid Fish from Mali, West Africa Copeia. 1989: 827-836
Smith AB, Patterson C. (1988) The Influence of Taxonomic Method on the Perception of Patterns of Evolution Evolutionary Biology-New York. 23: 127-216
Forey PL, Monod O, Patterson C. (1985) Fishes from the Akkuyu Formation (Tithonian),Western Taurus, Turkey Geobios. 18: 195-201
Patterson C. (1984) Chanoides, a marine Eocene otophysan fish (Teleostei: Ostariophysi) Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 4: 430-456
Patterson C. (1984) Preformation to punctuation Nature. 311: 587-587
Lauder GV, Rosen DE, Forey PL, et al. (1982) Lungfishes, Tetrapods, Paleontology, and Plesiomorphy Copeia. 1982: 235
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