Research: Palaeobiology, phylogeny and development of Palaeozoic arthropods

My main academic interests include the palaeobiology and evolution of invertebrates, particularly arthropods, during the Cambrian Explosion some 530 million years ago. During my PhD I investigated aspects of the fundamental body organization of some of the oldest arthropod groups in the fossil record, such as trilobites, by making comparisons with the developmental biology of extant representatives. I am also interested in the phylogeny and diversity of various lower Palaeozoic arthropod groups that are mainly known from sites of exceptional preservation, like the famous lower Cambrian Chengjiang (South China) and middle Cambrian Burgess Shale (British Columbia).


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Peer-reviewed publications:

~ 2013 ~

12.- Ortega-Hernández, J., Esteve, J., and Butterfield. 2013. Humble origins for a successful strategy: complete enrolment in early Cambrian olenellid trilobites. Biology Letters 9, 20130679. (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0679). 

   - Media coverage: The GuardianScience MagazineLive ScienceUniversity of Cambridge.  

11.- Rak, S., Ortega-Hernández, J., and Legg, D. A. 2013. A revision of the Late Ordovician marrellomorph arthropod Furca bohemica from Czech Republic. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 58 (3): 615-628. (doi:10.4202/app.2011.0038). 

10.- Lerosey-Aubril, R., Ortega-Hernández, J., Kier, C., and Bonino, E. 2013. Occurrence of the Ordovician-type aglaspidid Tremaglaspis in the Cambrian Weeks Formation (Utah, USA). Geological Magazine, 150 (5): 945-951. (doi: 10.1017/S001675681300037X

9.- Loeser, H., Garcia-Barrera, P., Mendoza-Rosales, C. C., and Ortega-Hernández, J. 2013. Corals from the early Cretaceous (Barremian - early Albian) of Puebla (Mexico): Introduction and Family Stylinidae. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, 30 (2): 385-403. (download pdf).     

8.- Lerosey-Aubril, R., Ortega-Hernández, J., and Zhu X. 2013. The first aglaspidid sensu stricto from the Cambrian of China (Sandu Formation, Guangxi). Geological Magazine 150 (3): 565-571. (doi:10.1017/S0016756812001045).  

7.- Yang, J., Ortega-Hernández, J., Butterfield, N. J., and Zhang, X.-g. 2013. Specialized appendages in fuxianhuiids and the head organization of early euarthropods. Nature 494 (7438): 468-471. (doi: 101.1038/nature11874).

   - Media coverage: NBC news, New ScientistLive ScienceHuffington PostNational Geographicred Orbit, Fox News, The Register, UPI, MSN, University of Cambridge.

6.- Ortega-Hernández, J., Legg, D. A., and Braddy, S. J. 2013. The phylogeny of aglaspidid arthropods and the internal relationships within Artiopoda. Cladistics 29 (1): 15-45. (doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00413.x).


~ 2012 ~

5.- Ortega-Hernández, J., and Brena, C. 2012. Ancestral patterning of tergite formation in a centipede suggests derived mode of trunk segmentation in trilobites. PLoS ONE 7 (12): e52623. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052623).

4.- Harvey, T. H. P., Ortega-Hernández, J., Lin, J.-P.,Zhao, Y., and Butterfield, N. J. 2012. Burgess Shale-type microfossils from the middle Cambrian Kaili Formation, Guizhou Province, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57 (2): 423-436 (doi: 10.4202/app.2011.0028).


~ 2011 ~ 

3.- Legg, D. A., Ma, X.-Y., Wolfe, J., Ortega-Hernández, J., Edgecombe, G. D., and Sutton, M. D. 2011. Lobopodian phylogeny reanalysed. Nature 476 (7359). E1 (11 August 2011). (doi: 10.1038/nature10267). 


~ 2010 ~ 

2.- Ortega-Hernández, J., Braddy, S. J., Jago, J. B., and Baillie, P. W. 2010. A new aglaspidid arthropod from the upper Cambrian of Tasmania. Palaeontology 53 (5): 1065 - 1076. (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00974.x).  

1.- Ortega-Hernández, J., Braddy, S. J., and Rak. S. 2010. Trilobite and xiphosuran affinities for putative aglaspidid arthropods Caryon and Drabovaspis, upper Ordovician, Czech Republic. Lethaia 43 (3): 427 - 431. (doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2010.00216.x).


Outreach publications: 

8.- Ortega-Hernández, J. 2012 Review: Penney D. and Selden P. A. (2011) Fossils spiders: The evolutionary history of a mega-diverse order. Siri Scientific Press. 128 pp. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 81: 80-82. link. 

7.- Ortega-Hernández, J., and Crumpton. N. 2012. Progressive Palaeontology Cambridge 2012: meeting summary. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 81:48-50. link

6.- Ortega-Hernández, J. 2012. Parsimony and palaeobiology. Palaeontology [online] 2 (4): 1 - 10. available online

5.- Ortega-Hernández, J. 2011. Fossils Explained: Rudists. Geology Today 27 (2): 74 - 77.(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2011.00790.x).

4.- Ortega-Hernández, J., Legg, D. A., Tremewan, J., and Braddy, S. J. 2010. Fossils Explained: Euthycarcinoids. Geology Today 26 (5): 195 - 198.(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2010.00770.x).

3.- Ortega-Hernández, J. 2009. Urban fossil hunting. Rockwatch Magazine 52: 8 - 9.

2.- Ortega-Hernández, J. 2009. Misplaced trace fossils in unlikely environments. Geology Today 25 (2): 71 - 74.(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2009.00710.x).

1.- Ortega-Hernández, J. Fossil discovered in Robledos gets mythical moniker. Las Cruces Bulletin 12/05/2008, page A8.





Publications: 2006-Present

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