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Wright, D.F., Cole, S.R., and Ausich, W.I., Fossil phylogenies reveal the timing, magnitude, and duration of the largest radiation of marine animal life. 

* Zamora, S., * Wright, D.F., and Nohejlová, M. Phylogenetic position of Bohemiacinctus n. gen. (Cincta, Echinodermata) from the Cambrian of Bohemia: implications for macroevolution and the role of taxon sampling in palaeobiological systematics

Wright, D.F. Combining fossils with molecular phylogenetics to investigate the origin and diversification of crown-group Crinoidea (Echinodermata).

Nanglu, K., Cole. S.R., Wright, D.F., and Souto, C., Worms and gills, plates and spines: the evolutionary origins and incredible disparity of deuterostomes revealed by fossils, genes, and development.

Projects with manuscripts in prep

Wright, D.F. A Cambrian origin for crinoids? Probabilistic modeling of evolutionary trees supports a long fuse of latent diversification across the Cambrian—Ordovician boundary. 

Wright, D.F. and M.J. Hopkins, Assessing the impact of character evolution models on phylogenetic and macroevolutionary inferences of fossil data: an example with olenid trilobites

Wright, D.F. Problems, progress, and future directions in crinoid systematics.

Published peer-reviewed articles & book chapters

27.  Cole, S.R. and Wright, D.F.accepted & in press, Community paleoecology and niche evolution of Upper Ordovician crinoids. Elements of Paleontology. EcoEvoRxiv prepint doi: 10.32942/osf.io/r6jta, available here.

26. Gorneau, J.A., W.I. Ausich, S. Bertolino, H. Bilk, M. Daly, S. Demissew, D.A. Donoso, R. Folk, A. Freire-Fierro, S.A. Ghazanfar, O.M. Grace, A-Q. Hu, S. Kulkarni, I.H. Lichter-Marck, L.G. Lohmann, J. Malumbres-Olarte, A.M. Muasya, A. Pérez-González, Y. Singh, C.M. Siniscalchi, C.D. Specht, A.L. Stigall, D.C. Tank, L.A. Walker, D.F. Wright, A. Zamani, L.A. Esposito, 2022, Framing the future for monography: improving recognition, support, and access. Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists. doi: 10.18061/bssb.v1i1.8328 Online

25. Fawcett, S., Agosti, D., Cole, S.R., and Wright, D.F., 2022, Digital accessible knowledge: mobilizing legacy data and the future of taxonomic publishing. Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists. doi: 10.18061/bssb.v1i1.8296 Online

24. Thuy, B., Eriksson, M.E., Kutscher, M., Lindgren, J., Numberger-Thuy, L.D., and Wright, D.F.2022, Miniaturization during a Silurian environmental crisis generated the modern brittle star body plan. Nature Communications Biology, 5 (14), doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-02971-9 Online

23. Wright, A.M, Wagner, P.J., and Wright, D.F., 2021, Testing character-evolution models in phylogenetic paleobiology: a case study with Cambrian echinoderms. Elements in Paleontology, doi: 10.1017/9781009040016, Online. Free post-review preprint from 2020 available at: EcoEvoRxiv. doi:10.32942/osf.io/ykzg5, here

22. * Soul, L.C. and * Wright, D.F., 2021, Phylogenetic comparative methods: a user’s guide for paleontologists. Elements in Paleontology. Online.  2020 Post-review preprint here

21. Barido-Sottani, J., van Tiel, N., Hopkins, M.J., Wright, D.F., Stadler, T. and Warnock, R.C.M., 2020, Ignoring fossil age uncertainty leads to inaccurate topology and divergence time estimates using time calibrated tree inference. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8:183 doi: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00183. Online.

20. Cole, S.R., Wright, D.F., Ausich, W.I., and Koniecki, J., 2020, Paleocommunity composition, relative abundance, and new camerate crinoids from the Upper Ordovician Brechin Lagerstätte. Journal of Paleontology, doi:10.1017.jpa2020.32. Online.

19. * Zamora, S, * Wright, D.F, Mooi R., Lefebvre, B, Guensburg, T.E., Gorzelak, P., David, B., Cole, S.R., Sumrall, C.D., Hunter, A., Sprinkle, J., Thompson, J.R., Ewin, T., Fatka, O., Nardin, E., Reich, M., Nohejlová, M., and * Rahman, I.A. 2020, Re-evaluating the phylogenetic position of the enigmatic early Cambrian deuterostome Yanjiahella. Nature Communications, 11, Article number: 1286 Online

18. Ausich, W.I., Wright, D.F., Cole, S.R., and Sevastopulo, G.D. , 2020, Homology of posterior interray plates in crinoids: a review and new perspectives from phylogenetics, the fossil record, and development. Palaeontology, 63: 525-545, doi:10.1111/pala.12475. Online

17. Wright, D.F., Cole, S.R., and Ausich, W.I., 2019, Biodiversity, systematics, and new taxa of cladid crinoids from the Upper Ordovician (Katian) Brechin  Lagerstätte. Journal of Paleontology. Online

16. * Cole, S.R., * Wright, D.F., and Ausich, W.I., 2019, Phylogenetic community paleoecology of one of the earliest complex crinoid faunas (Brechin Lagerstätte, Ordovician). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 521: 82-98. Online

15. Ausich, W.I., Wright, D.F., Cole, S.R., and Koniecki, J., 2018, Disparid and hybocrinid crinoids (Echinodermata) from the Upper Ordovician (lower Katian) Brechin Lagerstätte of Ontario. Journal of Paleontology, 92: 850-871. Online

14. Cole, S.R., Ausich, W.I., Wright, D.F., and Koniecki, J., 2018, An echinoderm Lagerstätte from the Upper Ordovician (Katian), Ontario: taxonomic re-evaluation and description of new dicyclic camerate crinoids. Journal of Paleontology, 92: 488-505. Online

13. Wright, D.F., 2017, Phenotypic innovation and adaptive constraints in the evolutionary radiation of Palaeozoic crinoids. Nature Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13745. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13979-9. Online

12. Wright, D.F. and Toom, U., 2017, New crinoids from the Baltic region (Estonia): fossil tip-dating phylogenetics constrains the origin and Ordovician–Silurian diversification of the Flexibilia (Echinodermata). Palaeontology, 60: 893-910. Online

11. Wright, D.F., W.I. Ausich, S.R. Cole, M.E. Peter, and E.C., Rhenberg, 2017, Phylogenetic taxonomy and classification of the Crinoidea (Echinodermata). Journal of Paleontology, 91: 829-846. Online

10. Wright, D.F., 2017, Bayesian estimation of fossil phylogenies and the evolution of early to middle Paleozoic crinoids (Echinodermata). Journal of Paleontology, 91: 799-814. Online

9. Stigall, A.L., * J.E. Bauer, * A.R. Lam, and * D.F. Wright, 2016, Biotic immigration events, speciation, and the accumulation of biodiversity in the fossil record. Global and Planetary Change, 148: 242-257. Online

8. Wright, D.F., 2015, Fossils, homology, and “Phylogenetic Paleo-ontogeny”: a reassessment of primary posterior plate homologies in fossil and living crinoids with insight from developmental biology. Paleobiology, 41:570-591. Online

7. Ausich, W.I., T.W. Kammer, E.C.  Rhenberg, and D.F. Wright, 2015, Early phylogeny of crinoids within the Pelmatozoan clade. Palaeontology, 58, 937-952. Online

6. Wright, D.F. and W.I. Ausich, 2015, From the stem to the crown: phylogeny and diversification of pan-cladid crinoids. Pp. 199-202 in Progress in Echinoderm Palaeobiology. S. Zamora and I. Rábano (eds.), Cuadernos del museo Geominero, 19, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, 292 pp.

5. Ausich, W.I., T.W. Kammer, D.F. Wright, S.R. Cole, M.E. Peter, and E.C. Rhenberg, 2015, Toward a phylogenetic classification of the Crinoidea (Echinodermata). Pp. 29-32 in Progress in Echinoderm Palaeobiology. S. Zamora and I. Rábano (eds.), Cuadernos del museo Geominero, 19, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, 292 pp.

4. Wright, D.F. and A.L. Stigall, 2014, Species-level phylogenetic revision of the Late Ordovician orthid brachiopod genus Glyptorthis. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 12: 893-906. Online

3. Wright, D.F. and A.L. Stigall, 2013, Phylogenetic revision of the Late Ordovician orthid brachiopod genera Plaesiomys and Hebertella from North America. Journal of Paleontology, 87: 1107-1128.  Online

2. Wright, D.F. and A.L. Stigall, 2013, Geological drivers of Late Ordovician faunal change in Laurentia: investigating links between tectonics, speciation, and biotic invasions. PLoS ONE, 8(7): e68353. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068353 Online

1. Wright, D.F. and P.A. Selden, 2011, A Trigonotarbid arachnid from the Pennsylvanian of Kansas. Journal of Paleontology, 85: 871-876. Online

Soul, L.C. and Wright, D.F., 2019, Phylogenetic Comparative Methods for Paleobiology, Paleontological Society Short Course, “Quantitative Methods in Paleobiology”, link

Wright, D.F., 2019, Clock Models for Character Change, Paleontological Society Short Course, “Quantitative Methods in Paleobiology”, link

Wright, D.F., 2017, Evolutionary trees and the fossil record: new approaches to phylogenetic paleobiology, Cambridge Core, Cambridge University Press. Online