DANIEL B. BLAKE

Professor Emeritus of Paleobiology

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1966




Some recent publications:

ARONSON, R. B., D. B. BLAKE, AND T. OJI. 1997. Retrograde community structure in the Late Eocene of Antarctica. Geology, 25:903-906.

BLAKE, D. B., AND R. B. ARONSON. 1998. Stelleroidea of the Late Eocene La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Paleontology, 72:339-353.

BLAKE, D. B. 2000. The class Asteroidea (Echinodermata): Fossils and the base of the crown group (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Symposium 1999 Evolution of Starfishes: Morphology, Molecules, Development, and Paleobiology). American Zoologist, 40(3)316-325.

BLAKE, D. B., JANIES, D. A., AND MOOI, R. J. 2000. Evolution of Starfishes: Morphology, Molecules, Development, and Paleobiology (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Symposium 1999 Evolution of Starfishes: Morphology, Molecules, Development, and Paleobiology). American Zoologist, 40:311-315.

BLAKE, D. B., TINTORI, A. & HAGDORN, H. 2000. A new asteroid (Echinodermata) from the Norian (Triassic) Calcare di Zorzino of northern Italy: its stratigraphic occurrence and phylogenetic significance. Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 106:141-156.

ARONSON, R.B. AND BLAKE, D.B. 2001. Global climate change and the origin of modern benthic communities in Antarctica. (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Symposium 2000 Antarctic Marine Biology). American Zoologist, 41:27-39.

Blake, D.B. and Elliott, D.R. 2003. Ossicular homologies, systematics, and phylogenetic implications of certain North American Carboniferous asteroids (Echinodermata). Journal of Paleontology 77(3): 476-489. Click here to downlaod as PDF.

Blake, D.B. and Hagdorn, H. in press, 2003. The Asteroidea (Echinodermata) of the Muschelkalk (Triassic of Germany). Paleontologische Zeitschrift.

Blake, D.B. in press, 2002. Evaluation of the Mississippian asteroid (Echinodermata) Compsaster formosus Worthen and Miller: A Paleozoic homeomorph of the post-Paleozoic Asteriidae. Paleontologische Zeitschrift.

Blake, D.B. and Kues, B.S. in press, 2002. Homeomorphy in the Asteroidea (Echinodermata): A new late Cretaceous genus and species from Colorado. Journal of Paleontology. 76(6): 1007-1013. Click Here to download as PDF.

Aronson, R.B. and Blake, D.B. 2001. Global climate change and the origin of modern benthic communities in Antarctica. American Zoologist, 41: 27-39. Click Here to download as PDF

Blake, D. B. 2000. The class Asteroidea (Echinodermata): Fossils and the base of the crown group. - American Zoologist, 40: 316-325. Click Here to download as PDF

Blake, D. B., D. A. Janies, and R. J. Mooi. 2000. Evolution of Starfishes: Morphology, Molecules, Development, and Paleobiology (Introduction to the Symposium). American Zoologist, 40: 311-315. Click Here to download as PDF.

Blake, D. B., Tintori, A., and Hagdorn, H. 2000. A new asteroid (Echinodermata) from the Norian (Triassic) Calcare di Zorzino of northern Italy: its stratigraphic occurrence and phylogenetic significance. - Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratifia 106:141-156.

Blake, D. B. 2000. An archegonaster-like somasteroid (Echinodermata) from Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. - Irish Journal of Earth Sciences. 18: 89-99.

Blake, D. B., H. Hagdorn, and A. Tintori. 1999. Echinoderm taphonomy of the Zorzino Limestone (Norian, Late Triassic), p. 35-38. [In:] S. Renesto (ed.), Third International Symposium on Lithographic Limestones, Bergamo, Italy. Rivista del Museuo Civico di ScienzeNaturali, 20 (supplement), 136 p.

Webster, G. D., D. J. Hafley, D. B. Blake, and A. Glass. 1999. Crinoids and stelleroids (Echinodermata) from the Broken Rib Member, Dyer Formation (Late Devonian, Famennian) of the White River Plateau, Colorado. - Journal of Paleontology 73:461-486.

Blake, D. B., and R. B. Aronson. 1998. Stelleroidea of the Late Eocene La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. - Journal of Paleontology, 72:339-353.

Blake, D. B., R. Reid, III. 1998. Some Albian (Cretaceous) asteroids (Echinodermata) from Texas and their Paleobiological Implications. - Journal of Paleontology 72:512-532

Blake, D. B., and R. B. Aronson. 1998. Eocene echinoderms of Seymour Island, Antarctica, p. 9-12. [In:] R. J. Mooi and M. L. Telford (eds.), Echinoderms, San Francisco; A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 923 p.

Blake, D. B. 1998. Morphological characters of early asteroids and ophiuroids, p. 5-7. [In:] R. J. Mooi and M. L. Telford (eds.), Echinoderms, San Francisco; A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 923 p.

Aronson, R. B., and D. B. Blake. 1997. Predation and the paleoecology of suspension-feeding echinoderms. [In:] Echinoderms: Notes for a Short Course. Paleontological Society Papers 2, 1997.

Aronson, R. B., D. B. Blake, and T. Oji. 1997. Retrograde community structure in the Late Eocene of Antarctica. - Geology 25:903-906.

Sroka, S. D., and D. B. Blake. 1997. Echinodermata, p. 223-225. - [In:] C. W. Shabica and A. K. Hay (eds.), Richardson's Guide to the Fossil Fauna of Mazon Creek. Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Aronson, R. B., and D. B. Blake. 1997. Global climate change and the paleoecology of echinoderm populations at Seymour Island. - Antarctic Journal 32(5):20-22.

Blake, D. B., G. Breton, and S. Gofas. 1996. A new genus and species of Asteriidae (Asteroidea; Echinodermata) from the Upper Cretaceous (Coniacian) of Angola, Africa. - Paläontologische Zeitschrift 70:181-187.

Blake, D. B. 1996. Redescription and interpretation of the asteroid species Tropidaster pectinatus from the Jurassic of England. - Palaeontology 39:179-188.

Hess, H., and D. B. Blake. 1996. Coulonia platyspina n. sp., a new sea star from the Lower Cretaceous of Morroco. - Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae 88:777-788.

Blake, D. B., and J. Sprinkle. 1996. Astrocratis acutispina, new genus and species, a new asteroid from the Late Cretaceous of Texas. - Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae 89:1311-1320.

Blake, D. B. 1996. Fossils explained 18: Starfishes. - Geology Today 12(6):230-235.

Blake, D. B., and K. Sturgeon. 1995. Aldebarania arenitea, a new genus and species of Astropectinidae (Asteroidea; Echinodermata) from the Maastrichtian (Upper Cretaceous) Peedee Formation of North Carolina. - Journal of Paleontology 69:376-380.

Blake, D. B. 1995. A new asteroid genus from the Carboniferous of Ireland and its phylogenetic and functional significance. - Irish Journal of Earth Sciences 14:65-80.

Blake, D. B. 1994. Re-evaluation of the Palasteriscidae Gregory, 1900, and the early phylogeny of the Asteroidea (Echinodermata). - Journal of Paleontology 68:123-134.

Blake, D. B. 1994. A Cretaceous member of the Radiasteridae (Asteroidea; Paxillosida) and the divergence of the Paxillosida and the Valvatida, p.279. [In:] David, B. et al. (eds) Echinoderms Through Time, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1994. Predation by the Ordovician asteroid Promopalaeaster on a pelecypod. - Lethaia 27:235-239.

Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1993. New Lower and Middle Ordovician stelleroids (Echinodermata) and their bearing on the origins and early history of the stelleroid echinoderms. - Journal of Paleontology 67:103-113.

Blake, D. B., and D. O. Peterson. 1993. An unusual new asteriid (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from the Cretaceous of California. - Journal of Paleontology 67:586-589.

Blake, D.B. 1993. A new asteroid genus from the Jurassic of England and its functional significance. - Palaeontology 36:147-154.

Blake, D. B. 1992. Platyasterida, p. 61; Paxillosida, p. 187; Stenurida, p. 417. McGraw-Hill Encylopedia of Science and Technology.

Blake, D. B.. 1990. Adaptive Zones of the Class Asteroidea (Echinodermata). Bulletin of Marine Science, 46:701-718.

Blake, D. B. 1990. Hettangian Asteriidae (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from southern Germany: taxonomy, phylogeny and life habits. Paläontologishe Zeitschrift, 64:103-123.

Blake, D. B. 1990. Paleobiological implications of some Upper Ordovician juvenile sea stars. - Lethaia 23:347-357.

Blake, D. B. 1990. Echinodermata (The evolution of sea stars). - McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology for 1991, p. 119-121.
Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1990. Predatory asteroids and the fate of brachiopods-a comment. - Lethaia 23:429- 430.

Blake, D. B. 1989. Asteroidea: functional morphology, classification and phylogeny. In: Jangoux, M. and Lawrence, J. (eds.) Echinoderm Studies 3:179-223.

Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1989 Illusioluidia teneryi, n. gen. and sp. (Asteroidea: Echinodermata), from the Pennsylvanian of Texas, and its homeomorphy with the extant genus Luidia Forbes. - Journal of Paleontology 63:662-668.

Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1989. Two new multiarmed Paleozoic (Mississippian) asteroids (Echinodermata) and some paleobiologic implications. - Journal of Paleontology 63:331-340.

Blake, D. B. 1989. Asteroidea: functional morphology, classification and phylogeny. [In:] Jangoux, M. and Lawrence, J. (eds.) Echinoderm Studies 3:179-223.

Blake, D. B. 1988. Paxillosidans are not primitive asteroids: a hypothesis based on functional considerations, p. 309-314. [In:] Burke, R. D., P. V. Mladenov, P. Lambert and R. L. Parsley (eds.) Echinoderm Biology, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Blake, D. B. 1988. A first fossil member of the Ctenodiscidae (Asteroidea; Echinodermata). - Journal of Paleontology 62:626-631.

Blake, D. B. and W.J. Zinsmeister. 1988. Eocene asteroids (Echinodermata) from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula, p. 489-498. [In: ] Woodburne, M. O. and Feldmann, R. N. (eds.). Geology and Paleontology of Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Geological Society of America Memoir 169.

Blake, D. B., and T. E. Guensburg. 1988. The water vascular system and functional morphology of Paleozoic asteroids. - Lethaia 21:189-206.

Blake, D. B. 1987. A classification and phylogeny of post-Paleozoic sea stars (Asteroidea: Echinodermata). Journal of Natural History 21:481-528.

Blake, D. B. 1987. Spiny sea dwellers. Earth science 40:17-19.

Blake, D. B. 1986. Some new post-Paleozoic sea stars (Asteroidea: echinodermata) and comments on taxon endurance. Journal of Paleontology - 60:1103-1119.

Blake, D. B. 1984. Constructional morphology and life habits of the Jurassic sea star Sphaeraster Quenstedt. Neues Jahrbuch Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen. - 169:74-101.

Blake, D. B. 1984. The Benthopectinidae (Asteroidea: Echinodermata) of the Jurassic of Switzerland. - Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae, 77:631-647.

Blake, D. B. 1983. Some biological controls on the distribution of shallow-water sea-stars. Bulletin of Marine Science, 33:703-712.

Blake, D. B. 1982. Somasteroidea, Asteroidea, and the affinities of Luidia (Platasterias) latiradiata. - Palaeontology 25:167-191.

Blake, D. B. 1982. Recognition of higher taxa and phylogeny of the Asteroidea, p. 105-107. [In:] Echinoderms: Proceedings of the International Conference, Tampa Bay (J. M. Lawrence, ed.). A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Blake, D. B. 1981. A reassessment of the sea-star orders Valvatida and Spinulosida. - Journal of Natural History 15:375-394.

Blake, D. B. 1980. On the affinities of three small sea star families. - Journal of Natural History 14:163-182..

Blake, D. B. 1979. The affinities and origins of the crown-of-thorns sea star Acanthaster Gervais. - Journal of Natural History 13:303-314.

Blake, D. B. 1979. A new west American Miocene species of the Modern Australian ophiuroid Ophiocrossota. - Journal of Paleontology 49:501-507.

Blake, D. B. and W.J. Zinsmeister. 1979. Two early Cenozoic sea stars (class Asteroidea) from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. - Journal of Paleontology 53:1145-1154.

Blake, D. B. 1978. The taxonomic position of the modern sea star Cistina Gray, 1840. - Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 91:234-241.

Blake, D. B. 1973. Ossicle morphology of some Recent asteroids and description of some west American fossil asteroids. - University of California Publications in the Geological Sciences v. 104, 59 p.

Blake, D. B. and R. C. Allison. 1972. A new west American Eocene species of the Recent Australian ophiuroid Ophiocrossota. - Journal of Paleontology 44:925-927.

Blake, D. B. 1972. Sea star Platasterias: ossicle morphology and taxonomic positon. - Science 176:306-307.

Background: Aldebarania arenitea, see Blake and Sturgeon 1995