Professor of Natural History, Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Fellow of Kellogg College.
Evolutionary biology and palaeontology, particularly the early evolution of fishes, the radiations of lobe-finned fishes in the Devonian and the associated origins of tetrapod vertebrates. The interface between developmental and morphological approaches to the study of evolutionary mechanisms. The living coelacanth fish Latimeria chalumnae. The history and philosophy of science, with special reference to Charles Darwin. Research into the nature and history of HMS Beagle and related ships in the 1830\'s.
Morphogenesis and Evolution. Oxford University Press. 1988.
Living Fossil. W.W. Norton. 1991.
The Common but Less Frequent Loon. Yale University Press. 1993.
HMS Beagle: the Story of Darwin\'s Ship. W.W. Norton, 1995.
Thomson, K.S. 1992. Macroevolution: the morphological problem. American Zoologist, 32: 106-112.
Thomson K.S. 1994. The origin of the tetrapods. American Journal of Science, 293: 33-62.
Daeschler, E, Shubin, N.H., Thomson, K.S. and Amaral, W.W. 1994. A Devonian tetrapod from North America. Science, 265: 639-642.
Thomson, K.S. 1995. Graphical analysis of dermal skull roof patterns. In: Thomason, J. (Ed) Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Palaeontology. University of Cambridge Press.
Thomson, K.S., Shubin. N.H. and Poole, F.G. 1998. A problematic tetrapod from the Mississippian of Nevada. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 18:315-320.
Thomson, K.S. 1999. The coelacanth: act three. American Scientist, 87: 213-215.