Dr Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente

Junior Research Fellow in Palaeobiology

Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente’s research is focused on the palaeobiology of fossil arthropods, namely insects and arachnids. Although founded on morphology and systematics, his works aim at extracting palaeoecological, palaeoethological, palaeobiogeographical, and taphonomic data. Special emphasis is put on the study of amber inclusions, particularly those from the Cretaceous, one of the most important periods for the diversification of terrestrial arthropods linked with the angiosperm radiation.

  • BSc in Biology (University of Barcelona, 2007)
  • MSc in Palaeontology (University of Barcelona & Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2008)
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, “Arthropod paleobiology of the Cretaceous amber from El Soplao (Cantabria, Spain)” (University of Barcelona, 2012)
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (2013 to 2017)

Palaeontology, evolution and entomology at 1st‒ and 2nd‒year level (both lectures and practicals).

Peñalver, E., Arillo, A., Delclòs, X., Peris, D., Grimaldi, D. A., Anderson, S. R., Nascimbene, P. C. & Pérez-de la Fuente, R. 2017. Ticks parasitised feathered dinosaurs as revealed by Cretaceous amber assemblages. Nature Communications.

Peris, D., Pérez-de la Fuente, R., Peñalver, E., Delclòs, X., Barrón, E. & Labandeira, C. C. 2017. False Blister Beetles and the Expansion of Gymnosperm-Insect Pollination Modes before Angiosperm Dominance. Current Biology, 27(6): 897-904.

Peñalver, E., Arillo, A, Pérez-de la Fuente, R., Riccio, M. L., Delclòs, X, Barrón, E. & Grimaldi, D. A. 2015. Long-proboscid Flies as Pollinators of Mesozoic Gymnosperms. Current Biology 25(14): 1917-1923.

Peñalver, E. & Pérez-de la Fuente, R. 2014. Unearthing the secrets of ancient immature insects. eLife 3: e03443. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.03443

Pérez-de la Fuente, R., Delclòs, X., Peñalver, E., Speranza, M., Wierzchos, J., Ascaso, C. & Engel, M. S. 2012. Early evolution and ecology of camouflage in insects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109(52): 21414-21419.

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Earth Sciences (Geology)

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Crafty Camouflage: new research on 130 million year old lacewing by Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente

20 Nov 2018

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