Position/s

Strategic Professor in Palaeontology
School of Biological Sciences

Biography

I research the early evolution of vertebrates in order to unravel the early stages of how the modern vertebrate body plan was assembled. Many parts of our human anatomy had their origins back in the Early Palaeozoic (540-350 million years ago). This was when jaws, teeth, paired limbs, ossified brain-cases, intromittent genital organs,chambered hearts and paired lungs all appeared in early fishes. For the past 28 years I have been collecting from the Gogo sites in northern Western Australia, whose perfectly preserved 3-D fish fossils have yielded many significant discoveries, including mineralised soft tissues and the origins of complex sexual reproduction in vertebrates.Current research projects include describing new Late Devonian Gogo fishes and reconstructing their soft tissue anatomy (with Assoc. Prof. K. Trinajstic, Curtin Univ.), new Early Devonian placoderm (stem-gnathostomes) from the Taemas region, NSW (with Dr G.C. Young, ANU); and investigating the role of trace elements in mass extinction events (with Prof. Ross Large, U.Tas). Our latest ARC Discovery Grant will enable us to determine the timing and origins of two key sensory systems in early fossil vertebrates: electroreception and nocturnality (temporal niche partitioning) working with a team from around Australia, the USA, China and the UK. I am the author of some 26 adult and children's books, including non-fiction and fiction. My most recent book Hung Like an Argentine Duck (Harper Collins 2011, Dawn of the Deed, U.Chicago Press, HB 2012, PB 2014) gives an account of our Gogo discoveries of the world's oldest embryos and early sexual dimorphism in vertebrates, and explores the relevance of fossils to understanding sex in a broad evolutionary context.

Qualifications

  • Getty Museum Leadership course, 2010.
  • Ph.D, Monash University, 1984.
  • B.Sc Hons, Monash University 1981.  

Honours, awards and grants

  • 2014 Verco Medal for scientific research, The Royal Socierty of South Australia
  • 2014 DP140104161 Oirgins of electroreception and nocturnality in early vertebrates ($347K with K.Trinajstic and others)
  • 2011 Research Medal of The Royal Society of Victoria
  • 2011 Finalist, The Eureka Prize for Scientific Research
  • 2009 Short-listed, The Australian Publishers Association for best primary library reference book, The Big Picture Book of Human Civilisation (Allen & Unwin, 2009)
  • 2009 Biomedical Sciences Annual Lecture, University of Queensland
  • 2009 Top Ten Species award by the International Institute for Species Exploration (for Materpiscis attenboroughi)
  • 2009 ARC DP1092870 On the Origins of Gnathostomes ($370K, with G. Young and others)
  • 2008 The Australasian Science Prize for peer-reviewed research
  • 2007 ARC DP0772138 Old Brains New Data ($528K, with G.Young et al)
  • 2007 Short-listed, Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, Swimming in Stone (Fremantle Press, 2006)
  • 2006 Australian Publishers Association Award for Best Primary Reference Book, The Big Picture Book (Allen & Unwin 2005)
  • 2006 The Wilderness Society Award for Environmental Literature ( non-fiction), The Big Picture Book
  • 2006 Short-listed, The Western Australian Premiers Literary Award, Best Children's Book for The Big Picture Book
  • 2006 Short-listed, The Children's Book Council of Australia, Eve Pownell Award, for The Big Picture Book
  • 2005 ARC DP0558499 Australia's Exceptional Devonian Fish Fossils and Tetrapod Origins ($280K, With G.Young)
  • 2003 The Riversleigh Society Medal
  • 2003 Serventy Memorial Lecture, Field Naturalist Society of Western Australia
  • 2003 The Whitely Award, Best Popular Zoological Book, Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea (UNSW Press, 2002)
  • 2003 Finalist, The Eureka Book Prize, Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea
  • 2001 The Eureka Prize for Public Promotion of Science
  • 2000 Finalist, The Eureka Prize for Public Promotion of Science.

Key responsibilities

Leading research directions in early vertebrate evolution, mentoring postgraduate students, and fostering international collaborations in palaeontological research. Within the University I serve on the Faculty Establishmernt Committee, the DVC-R's Research Committee and on the newly formed SA Museum Committee. My roles with extrenal organisation include currently serving as the Vice President of the Royal Society of South Australia, as Vice-President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleonetology (becoming President in November 2014) and as Chair of the Interagency Reference Group for the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Fossil Site.

Research expertise

  • Geology
  • Zoology

Research interests

I research the early evolution of vertebrates (fishes and early tetrapods) with a particular focus on Devonian age material (359-409 million years ago) as Australia has some exceptional sites of this age with superb 3-D preservation of bones and, in some cases, mineralised soft tissues. My focus has been largely on the exquisitely preserved fishes from the Gogo Formation of Western Australia, studying placoderms, early ray-finned fishes, onychodontids,lungfishes and Gogonasus, a stem tetrapod. Our recent finds include the placoderm Materpiscis attenboroughi, the oldest known vertebrate mother with an embryo preserved, plus the first sharks, coelacanth and acanthodian fishes from the Gogo Formation (see Long & Trinajstic 2010 for a review of the fauna). I have also worked on early fish faunas from material collected in Antarctica, South-East Asia, China, South Africa, Morocco and Iran, as well as published a scattering of other papers on dinosaurs, ancient marine reptiles and prehistoric mammals.

I'm looking for students interested in tackling problems at the very base of the vertebrate evolutionary tree-like the origin and evoloution of limbs, teeth, jaws, breathing ,braincases, electroreception, nocturnality, and complex reproductive strategies -to determine how the higher vertebrate body plan and physiologically advanced behaviours first evolved. To do this we study remarkably well-presrevd fossils of fishes from the Palaeozoic Era (mainly Devonian period, 408-359 million years ago). Our PhD programs typically involve active field work at fossil sites throughout Australia (eg Ggo, Kimberley, central Queensland, the mountains of Victoria, the south coast NSW), and use of cutting edge techniqies (micro-CT scanning, synchrotron imaging, isotopic analysis).

Supervisory interests

  • Early fish and tetrapod evolution
  • Evolution of the early vertebrate body plan
  • Palaeontology, advanced imaging techniques
  • Vertebrate palaeontology

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Palaeontology ;

Publications

  • Long, J.A. (2014). Fish. In Elias, S., ed. Reference Modules in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1-5.
    [Web Link]
  • Laurie, J., Choo, B., McLaughlin, S., Hand, S., Kershaw, P., Brock, G., et al. (2012). Living Australia. In R Blewett, ed. Shaping a Nation - A Geology of Australia. Canberra, ACT: ANU E Press, pp. 120-171.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2012). Evolution, missing links and climate change: recent advances in understanding transformational macroevolution. In A Poiani, ed. Pragmatic Evolution - Applications of Evolutionary Theory. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 23-36.
    [Web Link]
  • McNamara, K.J. and Long, J.A. (2012). The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution. In MK Brett-Surman, TR Holtz Jr & JO Farlow, ed. The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, USA: Indiana University Press, pp. 761-784.
    [Web Link]
  • Clack, J., Sharp, E. and Long, J.A. (2011). The Fossil Record of Lungfishes. In JM Jorgensen & J Joss, ed. The Biology of Lungfishes. Enfield, USA: CRC Press, pp. 1-42.
    [10.1201/b10357-2]
  • Long, J.A. (2011). Case Studies of Intangible Natural Heritage from Museum Collections. In Dorfman, E., ed. Untitled Book. Kentucky, USA: Routledge, pp. 43-55.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2010). New holodontid lungfishes from the Late Devonian Gogo Formation, Western Australia. In DK Elliott, JG Maisey, X Yu & D Miao, ed. Morphology, Phylogeny and Paleobiogeography of Fossil Fishes: Honoring Meemann Chang. München, Germany: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, pp. 275-298.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2008). The origin of Australia's special wildlife. In MJ Benton, ed. Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World. London, UK: Thames & Hudson, pp. 162-166.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2005). Fossil Vertebrates: Fish. In RC Selley, LRM Cocks & IR Plimer, ed. Encyclopedia of Geology. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, pp. 462-468.
    [10.1016/B0-12-369396-9/00002-2]
  • Long, J.A. (2003). Middle Devonian to Carboniferous: Palaeontology. In WD Birch, ed. Geology of Victoria. 3rd Edition ed. Melbourne, VIC: Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division), pp. 190-193.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2003). Palaeontology: Fish Fossils. In WD Birch, ed. Geology of Victoria. 3rd Edition ed. Melbourne, VIC: Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division), pp. 633-635.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2012). The Dawn of the Deed: The Prehistoric Origins of Sex. Chicago, USA: University of Chicago Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2011). Hung Like an Argentine Duck - A Journey back in Time to the Origins of Sexual Intimacy. Australia: Harper Collins.
    [Web Link]
  • Stilwell, J. and Long, J.A. (2011). Frozen in Time - Prehistoric Life in Antarctica. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
  • Long, J.A. (2010). The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million years of Evolution. 2nd Edition ed. Baltimore, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2009). The Big Picture Book of Human Civilisation. Melbourne, VIC: Allen and Unwin.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2008). The Big Picture Book of Environments. Melbourne, VIC: Allen and Unwin.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. and Schouten, P. (2008). Feathered Dinosaurs -The Origin of Birds. Melbourne, VIC: CSIRO Publishing.
    [Web Link]
  • McNamara, K.J. and Long, J.A. (2007). The Evolution Revolution: Design without intelligence. Melbourne, SA: Melbourne University Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2006). Swimming in Stone: The Amazing Gogo Fossils of the Kimberley. North Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2005). The Big Picture Book. Melbourne, VIC: Allen and Unwin.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J. (2004). Gogo Fish! The story of the Western Australian State fossil emblem. Perth, WA: Western Australian Museum.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2004). It's True! Dinosaurs never died. Melbourne, VIC: Allen and Unwin.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A., Holland, T. and Young, G.C. (2012). A peculiar tetrapodomorph fish from the Middle Devonian of Australia supports Gondwana endemism in the stem tetrapod radiation (Abstract) In J Bloch & A Goswami, ed. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Program and Abstracts, 72nd Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bethesda, USA: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 72nd Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Raleigh, USA. Oct 2012, pp. 129.
    [10.1080/02724634.2012.10635175]
  • Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K.M. (2011). Observations on new 3-D coelacanth fishes from the Upper Devonian Gogo Formation of Western Australia (Abstract) In GD Johnson, ed. Early/Lower Vertebrates Symposium. Dallas, USA: Southern Methodist University. Early/Lower vertebrates Symposium. Dallas, USA. Jun 2011.
  • Qiao, T., Lu, J., Zhu, M. and Long, J.A. (2011). Cranial anatomy of a primitive osteichthyan Psarolepis based on high resolution computed tomography (Abstract) In J Bloch & A Goswami, ed. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Program and Abstracts, 71st Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bethesda, USA: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 71st Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Las Vegas, USA. Nov 2011, pp. 177.
    [10.1080/02724634.2011.10635174]
  • Long, J.A., Graham, J.B., Clack, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2011). The origins of air-breathing in the tetrapodomorph lineage (Abstract) In GD Johnson, ed. Early/Lower Vertebrates Symposium. Dallas, USA: Southern Methodist University. Early/Lower vertebrates Symposium. Dallas, USA. Jun 2011.
  • Burrow, C.J., Trinajstic, K.M. and Long, J.A. (2011). New gnathostomes from the Late Devonian Gogo Formation, Western Australia (Abstract) In K Trinajstic, M Bunce, N Warburton, C Hadley, A Baynes & M Siversson, ed. CAVEPS Perth 2011: Programme & Abstracts. Perth, WA: Geological Survey of Western Australia. 13th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Perth, WA. Apr 2011, pp. 93-93.
  • Long, J.A., Trinajstic, K.M., Young, G.C. and Johanson, Z. (2010). Placoderm copulation and viviparity: implications for pelvic girdle development (Abstract) In J Bloch & A Goswami, ed. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: 70th Anniversary Meeting Society Of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bethesda, USA: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 70th Anniversary Meeting Society Of Vertebrate Paleontology. Pittsburgh, USA. Oct 2010, pp. 123A.
    [10.1080/02724634.2010.10411819]
  • Long, J.A. (2009). The first steps on land: the origins of tetrapods (Abstract) In P Batterham, A Horvath, J Long & A Poiani, ed. Evolution - the Experience. Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne. Evolution - the Experience. Melbourne, VIC. Feb 2009.
  • Ahlberg, P.E., Trinajstic, K.M. and Long, J.A. (2009). The body musculature of arthrodire placoderms (Abstract) In J Head, ed. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Sixty-Ninth Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Fifty-Seventh Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) Bethesda, USA: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 69th Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bristol, UK. Sep 2009, pp. 52A.
    [10.1080/02724634.2009.10411818]
  • Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K.M. (2009). On the origins of copulatory sexual reproduction in vertebrates: problems with erecting a robust phylogeny. In KJ Travouillon, ed. CAVEPS 2009: programme & abstracts. Sydney, NSW: Geological Society of Australia. 12th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Jun 2009.
  • Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K.M. (2008). Devonian placoderm embryos and the origins of vertebrate sex (Abstract) In J Head, ed. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: Program and Abstracts 68th Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Bethesda, USA: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 68th Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Cleveland, USA. Oct 2008, pp. 107A.
    [10.1080/02724634.2008.10010459]
  • Long, J.A., Mark-Kurik, E., Johanson, Z., Lee, M., Young, G., Min, Z., et al. (2014). Copulation in antiarch placoderms and the origin of gnathostome internal fertilisation. Nature,
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The world's oldest fishes. Australasian Science, 35(7) pp. 34-37.
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The first breath. Australasian Science, 35(3) pp. 16-17.
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Rise of Arthropods. Australasian Science, 35(5) pp. 41-41.
  • Long, J.A. (2013). Devonian Dreaming Down Under - Australia's spectacular Palaeozoic fishes. Australian Age of Dinosaurs, 10 pp. 50-65.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2012). New worlds from old. Cosmos, 45 pp. 100-100.
  • Long, J.A. (2011). Review of "The Believing Brain" by M. Shermer. Cosmos, 40 pp. 97.
  • Long, J.A. (2011). Dawn of the Deed. Scientific American, 304(1) pp. 34-39.
    [10.1038/scientificamerican0111-34]
  • Long, J.A. (2010). Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia by J. Hoorn. Historical Records of Australian Science, 21 pp. 114-117.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2010). Once upon a time on an ancient reef. Science, 329(5987) pp. 35-36.
    [10.1126/science.1193490] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2008). Mother Fossil. Australasian Science, 29(6) pp. 16-18.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2005). Meet the Ancestors. Australasian Science, 26(3) pp. 18-23.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2005). The Eyes of Time. Australasian Science, 26(5) pp. 26-27.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2004). Vanished giants of Western Australia. Riversleigh Notes, 57 pp. 2-10.
  • Long, J.A. (2003). Operation Leo. Tracks, Summer 2003 pp. 23-23.
  • Long, J.A. (2003). When giants roamed Western Australia. LANDSCOPE, Autumn 2003 pp. 21-27.
  • Long, J.A. (2003). The Journey to the Dawn of Time. North Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Graham, J., Wegner, N., Miller, L., Jew, C., Lai, N., Berquist, R., et al. (2014). Spiracular air breathing in polypterid fishes and its implications for aerial respiration in stem tetrapods. Nature Communications, pp. 1-6.
    [10.1038/ncomms4022]
  • Large, R., Halpin, J., Danyushevsky, L., Maslennikov, V., Bull, S., Long, J.A., et al. (2014). Trace element content of sedimentary pyrite as a new proxy for deep-time ocean-atmosphere evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 389 pp. 209-220.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A., Mark-Kurik, E. and Young, G. (2014). Taxonomic revision of buchanosteioid placoderms (Arthrodira) from the Early Devonian of south-eastern Australia and Arctic Russia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 61 pp. 26-43.
    [10.1071/ZO13081]
  • Trinajstic, K., Boisvert, C., Long, J.A., Anton, M. and Johanson, Z. (2014). Pelvic and reproductive structures in placoderms (stem gnathostomes) Biological Reviews, 2014 pp. 1-35.
    [10.1111/brv.12118]
  • Trinajstic, K., Roelofs, B., Burrow, C., Long, J.A. and Turner, S. (2014). Devonian vertebrates from the Canning and Carnarvon Basins with an overview of Paleozoic vertebrates of Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 97 pp. 133-151.
  • Young, G. and Long, J.A. (2014). New arthrodires (placoderm fishes) from the Aztec Siltstone (late Middle Devonian) of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Australian Journal of Zoology, 61 pp. 44-62.
    [10.1071/ZO13070]
  • Long, J.A. and Daeschler, E.B. (2013). First articulated phyllolepid placoderm from North America with comments on phyllolepid systematics. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 162(1) pp. 33-46.
    [10.1635/053.162.0103]
  • Trinajstic, K., Sanchez, S., Dupret, V., Tafforeau, P., Long, J.A., Young, G., et al. (2013). Fossil musculature of the most primitive jawed vertebrates. Science, 341(6142) pp. 160-164.
    [10.1126/science.1237275]
  • Trinajstic, K., Long, J.A., Johanson, Z., Young, G. and Senden, T. (2012). New morphological information on the ptyctodontid fishes (Placodermi, Ptyctodontida) from Western Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32(4) pp. 757-780.
    [10.1080/02724634.2012.661379] [Scopus]
  • Lu, J., Zhu, M., Long, J.A., Zhao, W., Senden, T., Jia, L., et al. (2012). The earliest known stem-tetrapod from the Lower Devonian of China. Nature Communications, 3(10) pp. 1-7.
    [10.1038/ncomms2170] [Scopus]
  • Burrow, C., Trinajstic, K. and Long, J.A. (2012). First acanthodian from the Upper Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia. Historical Biology - An International Journal of Paleobiology, 24(4) pp. 349-357.
    [10.1080/08912963.2012.660150] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A., Hall, B., McNamara, K. and Smith, M. (2010). The phylogenetic origin of jaws in vertebrates: developmental plasticity and heterochrony. Kirtlandia, 57 pp. 43-50.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K. (2010). The Late Devonian Gogo Formation Lägerstatte of Western Australia: exceptional early vertebrate preservation and diversity. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 38 pp. 255-279.
    [10.1146/annurev-earth-040809-152416]
  • Holland, T., Long, J.A. and Snitting, D. (2010). New information on the enigmatic tetrapodomorph fish Marsdenichthys longioccipitus (Long, 1985) Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(1) pp. 68-77.
    [10.1080/02724630903409105]
  • Clement, A. and Long, J.A. (2010). Xeradipterus hatcheri, a new dipnoan from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia, and other new holodontid material. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(3) pp. 681-695.
    [10.1080/02724631003763482]
  • Young, G., Burrow, C., Long, J.A., Turner, S. and Choo, B. (2010). Devonian macrovertebrate assemblages and biogeography of East Gondwana (Australia, Antarctica) Palaeoworld, 19(1-2) pp. 55-74.
    [10.1016/j.palwor.2009.11.005]
  • Clement, A. and Long, J.A. (2010). Air-breathing adaptation in a marine Devonian lungfish. Biology Letters, 6(4) pp. 509-512.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2009.1033]
  • Burrow, C., Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K. (2009). Disarticulated acanthodian and chondrichthyan remains from the upper Middle Devonian Aztec Siltstone, southern Victoria land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 21(1) pp. 71-88.
    [10.1017/S0954102008001521]
  • Ahlberg, P., Trinajstic, K., Johanson, Z. and Long, J.A. (2009). Pelvic claspers confirm chondrichthyan-like internal fertilization in arthrodires. Nature, 460(7257) pp. 888-889.
    [10.1038/nature08176]
  • Choo, B., Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K. (2009). A new genus and species of basal actinopterygian fish from the Upper Devonian Gogo Formation of Western Australia. Acta Zoologica, 90(Supplement 1) pp. 194-210.
    [10.1111/j.1463-6395.2008.00370.x]
  • Trinajstic, K. and Long, J.A. (2009). A new genus and species of ptyctodont (Placodermi) from the Late Devonian Gneudna Formation, Western Australia, and an analysis of ptyctodont phylogeny. Geological Magazine, 146(5) pp. 743-760.
    [10.1017/S001675680900644X]
  • Long, J.A., Trinajstic, K. and Johanson, Z. (2009). Devonian arthrodire embryos and the origin of internal fertilization in vertebrates. Nature, 457(7233) pp. 1124-1127.
    [10.1038/nature07732]
  • Long, J.A. and Clement, A. (2009). The postcranial anatomy of two Middle Devonian lungfishes (Osteichthyes, Dipnoi) from Mt.Howitt, Victoria, Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 66(2) pp. 189-202.
    [Web Link]
  • Johanson, Z., Ericsson, R., Long, J.A., Evans, F. and Joss, J. (2009). Development of the Axial Skeleton and Median Fin in the Australian Lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri. The Open Zoology Journal, 2 pp. 91-101.
    [10.2174/1874336601002009091]
  • Holland, T. and Long, J.A. (2009). On the phylogenetic position of Gogonasus andrewsae Long 1985, within the Tetrapodomorpha. Acta Zoologica, 90(Supplement 1) pp. 285-296.
    [10.1111/j.1463-6395.2008.00377.x]
  • Long, J.A. and Holland, T. (2008). A possible 'elpistostegalid' fish from the Devonian of Gondwana. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 120(1) pp. 184-193.
  • Long, J.A., Choo, B. and Young, G. (2008). A new basal actinopterygian fish from the Middle Devonian Aztec Siltstone of Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 20(4) pp. 393-412.
    [10.1017/S0954102008001144]
  • Long, J.A., Trinajstic, K., Young, G. and Senden, T. (2008). Live birth in the Devonian period. Nature, 453(7192) pp. 650-652.
    [10.1038/nature06966]
  • Trinajstic, K.M., Marshall, C., Long, J.A. and Bifield, K. (2007). Exceptional preservation of nerve and muscle tissues in Devonian placoderm fish and their phylogenetic implications. Biology Letters, 3(2) pp. 197-200.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2006.0604]
  • Holland, T., Warren, A., Johanson, Z., Long, J.A., Parker, K. and Garvey, J. (2007). A new species of Barameda (Rhizodontida) and heterochrony in the rhizodontid pectoral fin. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27(2) pp. 295-315.
    [10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[295:ANSOBR]2.0.CO;2]
  • Prideaux, G.J., Long, J.A., Ayliffe, L.K., Hellstrom, J.C., Pillans, B., Boles, W.E., et al. (2007). An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia. Nature, 445(7126) pp. 422-425.
    [10.1038/nature05471] [10.1038/nature05471] [Scopus]
  • Johanson, Z., Long, J.A., Talent, J.A., Janvier, P. and Warren, J.W. (2007). New onychodontiform (Osteichthyes; Sarcopterygii) from the Lower Devonian of Victoria, Australia. Journal of Paleontology, 81(5) pp. 1031-1043.
    [10.1666/pleo05-023.1]
  • Long, J.A., Young, G.C., Holland, T., Senden, T. and Fitzgerald, E. (2006). An exceptional Devonian fish from Australia sheds light on tetrapod origins. Nature, 444(7116) pp. 199-202.
    [10.1038/nature05243]
  • Johanson, Z., Long, J.A., Talent, J.A., Janvier, P. and Warren, J.W. (2006). Oldest coelacanth, from the Early Devonian of Australia. Biology Letters, 2(3) pp. 443-446.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2006.0470]
  • Andrews, M., Long, J.A., Ahlberg, P.E., Barwick, R.E. and Campbell, K. (2005). The structure of the sarcopterygian Onychodus jandemarrai n. sp. from Gogo, Western Australia: with a functional interpretation of the skeleton. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 96(3) pp. 197-307.
    [10.1017/S0263593300001309]
  • Kear, B.P., Long, J.A. and Martin, J.E. (2005). A review of Australian mosasaur occurrences. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences - Geologie En Mijnbouw, 84(3) pp. 307-313.
    [Web Link]
  • Young, G.C. and Long, J.A. (2005). Phyllolepid placoderm fish remains from the Devonian Aztec Siltstone, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 17(3) pp. 387-408.
    [10.1017/S095410200500283X]
  • Long, J.A. and Gordon, M.S. (2004). The Greatest Step in Vertebrate History: A Paleobiological Review of the Fish-Tetrapod Transition. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 77(5) pp. 700-719.
    [10.1086/425183]
  • Long, J.A., Burrow, C.J. and Ritchie, A. (2004). A new Late Devonian acanthodian fish from the Hunter Formation near Grenfell, New South Wales. Alcheringa, 28(1) pp. 147-156.
    [10.1080/03115510408619279]
  • Trinajstic, K., Boisvert, C., Long, J.A., Anton, M. and Johanson, Z. (2014). Pelvic and reproductive structures in placoderms (stem gnathostomes) Biological Reviews, 2014 pp. 1-35.
    [10.1111/brv.12118]
  • Long, J.A., Mark-Kurik, E. and Young, G. (2014). Taxonomic revision of buchanosteioid placoderms (Arthrodira) from the Early Devonian of south-eastern Australia and Arctic Russia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 61 pp. 26-43.
    [10.1071/ZO13081]
  • Large, R., Halpin, J., Danyushevsky, L., Maslennikov, V., Bull, S., Long, J.A., et al. (2014). Trace element content of sedimentary pyrite as a new proxy for deep-time ocean-atmosphere evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 389 pp. 209-220.
    [Web Link]
  • Graham, J., Wegner, N., Miller, L., Jew, C., Lai, N., Berquist, R., et al. (2014). Spiracular air breathing in polypterid fishes and its implications for aerial respiration in stem tetrapods. Nature Communications, pp. 1-6.
    [10.1038/ncomms4022]
  • Young, G. and Long, J.A. (2014). New arthrodires (placoderm fishes) from the Aztec Siltstone (late Middle Devonian) of southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Australian Journal of Zoology, 61 pp. 44-62.
    [10.1071/ZO13070]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Fish. In Elias, S., ed. Reference Modules in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1-5.
    [Web Link]
  • McNamara, K.J. and Long, J.A. (2012). The Role of Heterochrony in Dinosaur Evolution. In MK Brett-Surman, TR Holtz Jr & JO Farlow, ed. The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, USA: Indiana University Press, pp. 761-784.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2012). Evolution, missing links and climate change: recent advances in understanding transformational macroevolution. In A Poiani, ed. Pragmatic Evolution - Applications of Evolutionary Theory. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 23-36.
    [Web Link]
  • Clack, J., Sharp, E. and Long, J.A. (2011). The Fossil Record of Lungfishes. In JM Jorgensen & J Joss, ed. The Biology of Lungfishes. Enfield, USA: CRC Press, pp. 1-42.
    [10.1201/b10357-2]
  • Long, J.A. (2010). New holodontid lungfishes from the Late Devonian Gogo Formation, Western Australia. In DK Elliott, JG Maisey, X Yu & D Miao, ed. Morphology, Phylogeny and Paleobiogeography of Fossil Fishes: Honoring Meemann Chang. München, Germany: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, pp. 275-298.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

2014 ongoing: Chair, Interagency Community Reference Group, Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Site;

2014-2016: President, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (from November);

2012-2014: Vice President, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology;

2014-2016: Vice President, The Royal Society of South Australia;

2013-2015: Organising Committee for Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates Meeting, Australia 2015;

2013-2014: Scientist in the Schools participant with Blackwood High School;

2014 ongoing: Monthly columnist writing "The Fossil Files" for Australasian Science magazine

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Antarctica
  • Fossils
  • Palaeontology

Interests

  • palaeontology early vertebrates, fish, tetrapods, Australia

Contact

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Further information

Currently serving as the Vice President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, becoming president in November 2014, and as Vice President of the Royal Society of South Australia. I write the monthly column "The Fossil Files" for Australasian Science magazine and regulary contribute popular science artcles for The Conversation website. I periodically assist with enquiries from the Australian Federal Police and Dept of Heritage with respect to queries concerning the illegal export or import of fossils, and as an expert examiner for the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act and other issues concerning fossil site conservation. I currently act as the Chair for the Interagency Reference Group for the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Fossil Site, appointed by DEWNR. Previously I have served as an editor for Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and for The Records of the Western Australian Museum. I currently hold Honorary Research Positions at the Australian National University, with Museum Victoria and with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA. I have also served on the organising committees of various local and international meetings including Evolution-The Experience held in Melbourne (February 2009), The Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) meetings for 2007 (Melbourne) and 1997 (Perth). I'm currently on the organising committee for the Early Vertebrates-Lower Vertebrates meeting to be held in Melbourne in August, 2015.

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