Position

Strategic Professorship
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 30 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 Grants will enable us to determine the timing and origins of two key sensory systems in early fossil vertebrates: electroreception and nocturnality, as well as the origin of tetrapods in Gondwana, working with colleaugues from the US, UK, China, Sweden and Spain. 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, 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 President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleonetology 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 origins of copulation in vertebrates (Microbrachius dicki), 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-preserved 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 Gogo, Kimberley, central Queensland, the mountains of Victoria, the south coast NSW), and use of cutting edge techniques (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 : zoology, fish evolution, teleosts, phylogeny, Cenozoic (1) ; zoology, palaeoecology, electroreception, evolution, phylogeny, fishes, Devonian (1) ;

Associate supervisor : zoology, marsupials, teeth, evolutionary developmental biology, phylogeny, ecology (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Benedict King
    Best student paper award 2016 - February 2016

Publications

  • Long, J.A. (2016). An average day in the deep field. In R. Priestley, ed. Dispatches from Continent Seven - An Anthology of Antarctic Science. Wellington, New Zealand: Awa Press, pp. 251-260.
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Fish. In Elias, S., ed. Reference Modules in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1-5.
  • 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.
    [Scopus] [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]
  • 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. (2011). Case Studies of Intangible Natural Heritage from Museum Collections. In Dorfman, E., ed. Untitled Book. Kentucky, USA: Routledge, pp. 43-55.
    [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]
  • 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). 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. (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. (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.
  • Long, J.A. (2008). The Big Picture Book of Environments. Melbourne, VIC: Allen and Unwin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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]
  • 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. (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.
  • 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. (2016). Delving into dinosaur body temperatures. Australasian Science, 37(1) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). When will Australia get its first real mounted dinosaur? Australasian Science, 37(4) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). The rise of high-tech paeontology. Australasian Science, 37(3) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). The heart of a good fossil. Australasian Science, 37(5) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Solving the mysteries of the Australian megafauna. Australasian Science, 37(2) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Getting to the heart of a good fossil. eLife, 5 pp. Art: e16207.
    [10.7554/eLife.16207] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A. and Robinson, H.L. (2015). Jurassic World: if you make a monster it will always bite back. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). Reflections on the Discovery of a New Fossil Human Species. Australasian Science, 36(9) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). So You Wanna Become a Palaeontologist, Kid? Australasian Science, 36(7) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil File: A New Cause for Three Global Mass Extinction Events. Australasian Science, 36(10) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil File: Developing Fossil Sites for Education and Employment. Australasian Science, 36(6) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil Files: A gold medal for the world's oldest life. Australasian Science, 36(3) pp. 42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil Files: An amazing year of record-breaking fossil discoveries. Australasian Science, 36(2) pp. 42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil Files: Lessons from the Chinese Palaeontology Boom. Australasian Science, 36(5) pp. 42.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The Fossil Files: The magic of finding fossils. Australasian Science, 36(1) pp. 42-42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). The birth of filter feeding giants. Australasian Science, 36(4) pp. 42.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). We need to protect the fossil heritage on our doorstep. The Conversation,
  • Long, J.A. and Choo, C.W.B. (2015). A bizarre new flying dinosaur, with bat-like wings and feathers. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. and Large, R. (2015). Elementary new theory on mass extinctions that wiped out life. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). No bones about it: sharks evolved cartilage for a reason. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). Creating dinosaurs- why Jurassic world could never work. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). Australia needs more state fossil emblems, but let the public decide. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). Australia Needs More State Fossil Emblems: Official Fossil Emblems Connect a State to it's Deep Past, yet Only Two Australian States Have Them. Australasian Science, 36(8) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). A new cause for three global mass extinction events. Australasian Science, 36(10) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Large, R. and Long, J.A. (2015). Plate tectonics may have driven the evolution of life on Earth. The Conversation,
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2015). Reflection on the discovery of a new fossil human species. Australasian Science, 36(9) pp. 43.
    [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). A kink in the history of sex. Australasian Science, 35(10) pp. 29-31.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Copulate to populate: ancient Scottish fish did it sideways. The Conversation, October 20th
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K. (2014). The first vertebrate sexual organs evolved as an extra pair of legs. The Conversation, June 9th
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). the Fossil Files: The world's oldest sperm found at Riversleigh. Australasian Science, 35(6) pp. 42.
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The world's oldest fishes. Australasian Science, 35(7) pp. 34-37.
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The oldest fish in the world lived 500 million years ago. The Conversation, June 14th
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The first breath. Australasian Science, 35(3) pp. 16-17.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Rise of Arthropods. Australasian Science, 35(5) pp. 41.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Fossil files: The cutting edge of palaeontology. Australasian Science, 35(8) pp. 42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Fossil Files: the placoderm renaissance. Australasian Science, 35(7) pp. 42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Fossil Files: The mystery of Deinocheirus solved. Australasian Science, 35(10) pp. 42.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). The Fossil Files: Scans reveal our fishy ancestry. Australasian Science, 35(4) pp. 41.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Now listen: air-breathing fish gave humans the ability to hear. The Conversation, January 23rd
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Life on Earth still favours evolution over creationism. The Conversation, September 11th
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2014). Hello fish face- a fossil fish reveals the origins of the face. The Conversation, February 13th
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2013). Devonian Dreaming Down Under - Australia's spectacular Palaeozoic fishes. Australian Age of Dinosaurs, 10 pp. 50-65.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2013). Extraordinary missing link fossil fish found in China. The Conversation, 26 September
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2013). Sex and the primordial ooze. The Scientist, January 1st
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Long, J.A. (2013). Big bang theory -how did dinosaurs have sex? The Conversation, July 15, 2013 on -line
    [Web Link] [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] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A. (2010). Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia by J. Hoorn. Historical Records of Australian Science, 21(1) pp. 114-117.
    [Web Link] [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]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Why Australasian vertebrate animals are so unique - a palaeontological perspective. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 2016
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Quantifying scientific significance of a fossil site: the Gogo Fossil sites (Late Devonian, Western Australia) as a case study. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 74 pp. 5-15.
    [Web Link]
  • Clement, A., Long, J.A., Tafforeau, P. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The dipnoan buccal pump reconstructed in 3D and implications for air breathing in Devonian lungfishes. Paleobiology, 42(2) pp. 289-304.
    [10.1017/pab.2015.41] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M., Strand, R., Nysjo, J., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). A new method for reconstructing brain morphology: applying the brain-neurocranial spatial relationship in an extant lungfish to a fossil endocast. Royal Society Open Science, 3 pp. Art: 160307.
    [10.1098/rsos.160307]
  • Turner, S. and Long, J.A. (2015). The Woodward factor: Arthur Smith Woodward’s legacy to geology in Australia and Antarctica. Geological Society Special Publication, SP: 430 pp. 1-28.
    [10.1144/SP430.15]
  • Large, R.R., Halpin, J.A., Lounejeva, E., Danyushevsky, L.V., Maslennikov, V.V., Gregory, D., et al. (2015). Cycles of nutrient trace elements in the Phanerozoic ocean. GONDWANA RESEARCH,
    [10.1016/j.gr.2015.06.004]
  • Trinajstic, K., Boisvert, C., Long, J.A., Anton, M. and Johanson, Z. (2015). Pelvic and reproductive structures in placoderms (stem gnathostomes) Biological Reviews, 90(2) pp. 467-501.
    [10.1111/brv.12118] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Rucklin, M., Long, J.A. and Trinajstic, K. (2015). A new selenosteid arthrodire ('Placodermi') from the Late devonian of Morocco. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 35 pp. 1-13.
    [10.1080/02724634.2014.908896] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A., Mark-Kurik, E., Johanson, Z., Lee, M., Young, G., Min, Z., et al. (2015). Copulation in antiarch placoderms and the origin of gnathostome internal fertilisation. Nature, 517(7533) pp. 196-199.
    [10.1038/nature13825] [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A., Large, R.R., Lee, M.S., Benton, M.J., Danyushevsky, L., Chiappe, L.M., et al. (2015). Severe Selenium depletion in the Phanerozoic oceans as a factor in three global mass extinction events. GONDWANA RESEARCH, 28 pp. 1-10.
    [10.1016/j.gr.2015.10.001] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A., Burrow, C., Ginter, M., Maisey, J., Trinajstic, K., Coates, M., et al. (2015). First shark from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia sheds new light on the development of tessellated calcified cartilage. PLoS One,
    [Scopus]
  • 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, 62(1) pp. 44-62.
    [10.1071/ZO13070] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • 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.
  • 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, 62(1) pp. 26-43.
    [10.1071/ZO13081] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [10.1016/j.epsl.2013.12.020] [Scopus]
  • 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, 5(Article 3022) pp. 1-6.
    [10.1038/ncomms4022] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Clement, A.M. 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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.
  • Long, J.A. and Clement, A.M. (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.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • Trinajstic, K.M., Marshall, C., Long, J.A. and Bifield, K. (2007). Exceptional preservation of nerve and muscle tissues in Late Devonian placoderm fish and their evolutionary implications. Biology Letters, 3(2) pp. 197-200.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2006.0604] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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.
    [Scopus] [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] [Scopus]
  • 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] [Scopus]
  • 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]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Quantifying scientific significance of a fossil site: the Gogo Fossil sites (Late Devonian, Western Australia) as a case study. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 74 pp. 5-15.
    [Web Link]
  • Clement, A.M., Strand, R., Nysjo, J., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). A new method for reconstructing brain morphology: applying the brain-neurocranial spatial relationship in an extant lungfish to a fossil endocast. Royal Society Open Science, 3 pp. Art: 160307.
    [10.1098/rsos.160307]
  • Clement, A., Long, J.A., Tafforeau, P. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The dipnoan buccal pump reconstructed in 3D and implications for air breathing in Devonian lungfishes. Paleobiology, 42(2) pp. 289-304.
    [10.1017/pab.2015.41] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). Why Australasian vertebrate animals are so unique - a palaeontological perspective. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 2016
  • Large, R.R., Halpin, J.A., Lounejeva, E., Danyushevsky, L.V., Maslennikov, V.V., Gregory, D., et al. (2015). Cycles of nutrient trace elements in the Phanerozoic ocean. GONDWANA RESEARCH,
    [10.1016/j.gr.2015.06.004]
  • Long, J.A. (2016). An average day in the deep field. In R. Priestley, ed. Dispatches from Continent Seven - An Anthology of Antarctic Science. Wellington, New Zealand: Awa Press, pp. 251-260.
  • 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.
    [Scopus] [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

2014-2016: Chair, Interagency Community Reference Group, Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Site;

2014-2016: President, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

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 - : 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)

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Currently serving as the President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 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.

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