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   Chairman, Department of Paleoichthyology and Paleoherpetology; Academic Secretary, Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences
   142 Xizhimenwai ST., Beijing, 100044, China
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Education and Appointments:

03/2009-                Research Professor, IVPP

01/2008-03/2009     Research Associate Professor, IVPP

09/2002-06/2007     Faculty Fellow, Columbia University.

1998-2002               Research fellow, IVPP

Research Interest:
Early tetrapods (Paleozoic and Early Mesozoic), especially therapsids: their morphology, phylogenetic systematics, function, biostratigraphy, and paleobiogeography.
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Accepted paper: 

Li L, Joyce W G, Liu J. The oldest morphologically modern soft-shelled turtle, Perochelyslamadongensis (Testudines, Pan-Trionychidae), from the Jehol Biota of China. J VertPaleontol 

Liu J, Xu L, Jia S-H, Pu H-Y, Liu X-L. The Jiyuan tetrapod Fauna of the Upper Permian of China——2.Stratigraphy, Taxonomical review, and correlation with other assemblages.VertPalasiat 

Liu J. New discoveries from the Sinokannemeyeria-ShansisuchusAssemblage Zone: 1. Kannemeyeriiformes from Shanxi, China. VertPalasiat 

Xu L, Li X-W, Jia S-H, Liu J. The Jiyuan tetrapod Fauna of the Upper Permian of China——1.New pareiasaur materials and the reestablishment of Honaniacomplicidentata.ActaPalaeontol Pol 



Butler R, Sullivan C, Ezcurra M, Liu J, Lecuona A, Sookias R, 2014. New clade of enigmatic early archosaurs yields insights into early pseudosuchian phylogeny and the biogeography of the archosaur radiation. BMC evolutionary biology, 14(1): 128 

Liu J, Abdala F, 2014. The phylogeny and taxonomy of Traversodontidae. In: Kammerer CF, Angielczyk KD, Fröbisch J, editors. Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida: Springer. p 255-279 



Li X-W, Liu J, 2013. New specimens of pareiasaurs from the Upper Permian Sunjiagou Formation of Liulin, Shanxi and their indication for the taxonomy of Chinese pareiasaurs.VertPalasiat, 51(3): 199-204 

Liu J, 2013. On the taxonomy of Xinpusaurus (Reptilia: Thalattosauria). VertPalasiat, 51(1): 17-23 

Liu J, 2013. Osteology, ontogeny and phylogenetic position ofSinophoneusyumenensis (Therapsida, Dinocephalia) from Dashankou Fauna, middle Permian of China. J VertPaleontol, 33(6): 1394-1407 

Liu J, Li L, 2013. Large tetrapod burrows from the Permian Naobaogou Formation of the Daqingshan area, Nei Mongol, China. ActaGeologicaSinica (English Edition), 87(6): 1501-1507 

Liu J, Li L, Li X-W, 2013. SHRIMP U-Pb zircon dating of the Triassic Ermaying and Tongchuang Formations in Shanxi, China and its stratigraphic implications. VertPalasiat, 51(2): 162-168 

Liu J, Zhao L-J, Li C, He T, 2013. Osteology of Concavispinabiseridens (Reptilia, Thalattosauria) from the Xiaowa Formation (Carnian), Guanling, Guizhou, China Journal of Palaeontology, 87(2): 341-350 

Sullivan C, Liu J, Roberts E M, Huang T D, Yang C, Zhong S, 2013. Pelvic morphology of a tritylodontid (Synapsida: Eucynodontia) from the Lower Jurassic of China, and some functional and phylogenetic implications. C R Palevol, 12(7-8): 505-518 

赵丽君, 刘俊, 李淳, 何涛, 2013. 贵州关岭海龙类一新属种——双列齿凹棘龙. 古脊椎动物学报, 51(1): 24-28 [Zhao L-J, Liu J, Li C, He T, 2013. A new thalattosaur, Concavispinabiseridens gen. et sp. nov.fromGuanling, Guizhou, China. VertPalasiat, 51(1): 24-28] 

Liu, J., Q.-H. Shang, K.-Q. Sun, and L. Li. 2012. The vertebrate fossil-bearing horizon in Yumen, Gansu and the Permian-Triassic strata in north Qilian area. Vertebrata Palasiatica 50:373-381.
NESBITT, S. J., J. LIU, AND C. LI. 2011. The oldest archosaur: A sail-backed suchian from the Heshanggou Formation (Early Triassic: Olenekian) of China. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 101:271-284.
REISZ, R. R., J. LIU, J. LI, AND J. M LLER. 2011. A new captorhinid reptile, Gansurhinus qingtoushanensis, gen. et sp. nov., from the Permian of China. Naturwissenschaften, 98:435-441.
LIU, J. 2010. Dashankou Fauna: A Unique Window on the Early Evolution of Therapsids. Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 24(2):83-85.
LIU, J., AND P. E. OLSEN. 2010. The phylogenetic relationships of Eucynodontia (Amniota: Synapsida). Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 17(3):151-176.
LIU, J., B. RUBIDGE, AND J. LI. 2010. A new specimen of Biseridens qilianicus indicates its phylogenetic position as the most basal anomodont. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277:285-292.
LIU, J., AND H.-D. SUES. 2010. Dentition and tooth replacement of Boreogomphodon (Cynodontia: Traversodontidae) from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina, USA. Vertebrata Palasiatica, 48(3):169-184.
ZHAO, L.-J., T. SATO, J. LIU, C. LI, AND X.-C. WU. 2010. A new skeleton of Miodentosaurus brevis (Diapsida: Thalattosauria) with a further study of the taxon. Vertebrata Palasiatica, 48(1):1-10.



SULLIVAN, C., D. W. E. HONE, T. D. COPE, Y. LIU, AND J. LIU. 2009. A new occurrence of small theropod tracks in the Houcheng (Tuchengzi) Formation of Hebei Province, China. Vertebrata Palasiatica, 47(1):35-52.


LIU, J., M. B. SOARES, AND M. REICHEL. 2008. Massetognathus (Cynodontia: Traversodontidae) from the Santa maria formation of Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, 11(1):27-36.


Liu Jun. New Traversodontid Materials from North Carolina, USA and the Taxonomy, Phylogeny of Traversodontidae (Synapsida: Cynodontia). Ph D thesis, Columbia University, New York,405pp.

Liu, J. The taxonomy of traversodontid cynodonts Exaeretodon and Ischignathus  Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, 10: 133-136 

Liu, J. 2007. A Juvenile Specimen of Anshunsaurus (Reptilia: Thalattosauria). American Museum Novitates, 3582: 1-9.

IRMIS, R. B., W. G. PARKER, S. J. NESBITT, AND J. LIU. 2007. Early evolution of the ornithischian dinosaurs: the Triassic record. Historical Biology, 19(1):3-22.


Rieppel, O., J. Liu, AND C. Li. 2006. A new species of the thalattosaur genus Anshunsaurus (Reptilia: Thalattosauria) from the Middle Triassic of Guizhou Province, southwestern China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica, 44:285-296.

Rieppel, O., AND J. Liu. 2006. On Xinpusaurus (Reptilia: Thalattosauria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26(1):200-204.


Liu, J., AND O. Rieppel. 2005. Restudy of Anshunsaurus huangguoshuensis (Reptilia: Thalattos) from the Middle Triassic of Guizhou, China. American Museum Novitates, 3488:1-34.

Liu, J., AND Y. Wang. 2005. The first complete mastodonsauroid skull from the Triassic of China: Yuanansuchus laticeps gen. et sp. nov. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25(3):725-728.

Rieppel, O., J. Müller, AND J. Liu. 2005. Rostral structure in Thalattosauria (Reptilia, Diapsida). Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 42:2081-2086.



Liu, J. 2004. A nearly complete skeleton of Ikechosaurus pijiagouensis sp. nov. (Reptilia: Choristodera) from the Jiufotang Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of Liaoning, China. Vertebrate PalAsiatica, 42(2):120-129.


Liu, J. 2004. Parakannemeyeria chengi sp. nov. from Kelamayi Formation of Jimusar, Xinjiang. Vertebrata Palasiatica 42:77-80.


Liu, J., and J. L. Li. 2003. A new material of kannemeyerid from Xinjiang and the restudy of Parakannemeyeria brevirostris. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 41:147-156.

Rieppel, O., J. Li, AND J. Liu. 2003. Lariosaurus xingyiensis (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Triassic of China. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 40(4):621-634.


LIU, J. 2003. Squamates, p. 97-. In M.-M. Chang, P.-J. Chen, Y.-Q. Wang, and Y. Wang (eds.), The Jehol Biota-The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, Shanghai.

LIU, J. 2003. Turtles. In M.-M. Chang, P.-J. Chen, Y.-Q. Wang, and Y. Wang (eds.), The Jehol Biota-The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, Shanghai.

LIU, J., AND X.-L. WANG. 2003. Choristoderes, p. 89-96. In M.-M. Chang, P.-J. Chen, Y.-Q. Wang, and Y. Wang (eds.), The Jehol Biota-The Emergence of Feathered Dinosaurs, Beaked Birds and Flowering Plants Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, Shanghai.



Li, J., J. Liu, C. Li, and Z. Huang. 2002. The horizon and age of the marine reptiles from Hubei Province, China. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 40:241-244.
Liu, J., J. L. Li, and Z. W. Chen. 2002. The Lystrosaurus fossils from Xinjiang and their bearing on the terrestrial Permian-Triassic boundary. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 40:267-275.


Li, J. L., J. Liu, and C. Li. 2001. Triassic marine reptiles from China. Albertiana 26:19-23.
Liu, J. ed 2001. Postcranial skeleton of Xinpusaurus. China Ocean Press, Beijing, 1-7 pp.
Liu, J., and O. Rieppel. 2001. The second thalattosaur from the Triassic of Guizhou, China. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 39:77-87.
Liu, J., X. C. Wu, and J. L. Li. 2001. The first reptile from the Tongchuan Formation and its stratigraphical significance. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 39:67-71.
Wang, L. T., J. L. Li, X. J. Wang, C. Li, T. Z. Wu, and J. Liu. 2001. Biostratigraphy of Triassic Marine Reptiles in Southwest Guizhou and Adjacent Area. Acta Geologica Sinica 75:349-353.
Wu, X. C., J. Liu, and J. L. Li. 2001. The Anatomy of the First archosauriform (Diapsida) from the Terrestrial Upper Triassic of China. Vertebrate PalAsiatica 39:251-265.

Rieppel, O., J. Liu, and H. Bucher. 2000. The first record of a thalattosaur reptile from the Late Triassic of southern China (Guizhou Province, PR China). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20:507-514.


Li, J.-L., and J. Liu. 1999. The skull of Manchurochelys liaoxiensis (Testudines: Sinemydidae) from the Yixian Formation of Beipiao, Liaoning and phylogenetic position of this taxon; pp. 281-295 in P.-J. Chen and F. Jin (eds.), Palaeoworld 11, Jehol Biota. Press of University of Sciences and Technology of China, Hefei.
Liu, J. 1999. Sauropterygian from Triassic of Guizhou, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 44:1312-1316.

Supported Projects:
2012.01-2015.12   National Science Foundation of China (41172017) PI
"The phylogenetic relationships of the soft-shelled turtles and their biogeography"
2010.01-2012.12    National Science Foundation of China (40972014) PI
"Therapsids of the Dashankou Fauna"
2009.01-2011.12    Knowledge innovation project of CAS (PI)
"The evolution of Chinese Permian and Triassic tretrapods"