WE are interested in the origin and evolution of invertebrate animals as informed by exceptionally preserved fossils from Paleozoic deposits. Our research brings together specimen-based traditional paleontology and fieldwork, developmental biology of extant organisms, and state of the art imaging and analytical techniques to study the evolutionary history of euarthropods and their close relatives. To find out more about our research please click HERE JOH_favicon

NOSOTROS estamos interesados ​​en el origen y evolución de los animales invertebrados con base en el estudio de fósiles excepcionalmente preservados provenientes de depósitos Paleozoicos. El grupo combina paleontología tradicional, trabajo de campo, biología del desarrollo, y técnicas de imagen y análisis de vanguardia para reconstruir la historia evolutiva de los euartrópodos y sus familiares cercanos. Para conocer más sobre nuestras actividades por favor siga este ENLACE JOH_favicon


. Latest News


Jared Richards and Javier Luque join our team

September 18, 2020

With the start of a truly unique Fall Semester 2020, we welcome the newest members of the Laboratory for Invertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution!

New graduate student Mr. Jared C. Richards joins the lab after having completed his undergraduate degree in quantitative biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Jared's work will broadly address the ecological significance of the Lower Ordovician Fezouata biota in Morocco.

Dr. Javier (Javi) Luque comes...

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3D head organization in early Cambrian euarthropods

June 25, 2020

Our latest contribution to the study of early Cambrian exceptionally preserved euarthropods from the Chengjiang biota is now available in Current Biology. We investigated the head organization of small juveniles (5 to 7mm long) of the great appendage euarthropod Leanchoilia illecebrosa through microCT. Our results show the head organization of Leanchoilia in unprecedented detail...

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    InvertebratePal Wonderful Life" is full of great quotes and pop-culture references. In p. 238, Gould mused about a world where Anomalocaris and its close relatives did not go extinct and might have even been propelled to Hollywood stardom. Maybe if Dune does well in the box office?🙃 t.co/GvDm9rab80
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