Professor Peter Holland

Linacre Professor of Zoology

The evolution of the animal kingdom, with a focus on phylogenetic relationships and modification to body plans. This research area is witnessing a remarkable resurgence of activity as new molecular tools are applied to old problems that have puzzled zoologists for over a century.


Biological Sciences BA: invertebrate zoology; evolution of animal development.

Video: Peter Holland on the animal kingdom

At the Oxford Literary Festival 2012, Professor Peter Holland takes us through the history of the animal kingdom, focusing on the evolutionary tree and how species are related to each other. Do you know the difference between a Lophotrochozoa and a Deuterostomia?


Podcast: The Animal Kingdom - A Very Short Introduction

In this episode of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions Podcast series, Professor Holland introduces the animal kingdom and explains how our understanding of the animal world has been vastly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development in recent years.