Jurassica Museum

Xiaoyu Lu

Xiaoyu Lu

SNF PhD candidate

Route de Fontenais 21
2900 Porrentruy
Tel. +41 32 420 9213


Department of Geosciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du musée 6
1700 Fribourg

After studying small mammals, especially rodents, during my Master's degree at the Institute of Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, I am currently doing my thesis at the JURASSICA Museum in Porrentruy and at the University of Fribourg. This is a project funded by the SNSF that focuses on the comparative analysis of evolutionary dynamics and diversity between small and large herbivores during the "Grand Coupure" in Europe. My work focuses on Eocene rodents in the Miocene and explores evolutionary changes and variations in diversity during this period.


Mammal, Rodent, Gliridae, Phylogeny, Systematic, Paleogeography



  • Lu X, Maridet O, Becker D, Costeur L. 2018. Evolution and diversification of Dormice: first phylogenetic analysis. 5th International Paleontological Congress, Paris, France, 9-13th July. [Oral presentation, Abstract]
  • Maridet O, Balme C, Lapause O, Legal S, Lu X, Mennecart B, Tissier J, Vasilyan D, Costeur L. 2018. Rediscovery of the locality of Murs (Oligocene, Southeastern France): first results of the new excavations. 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of European Vertebrate Palaeontologists, Caparica, Portugal, 26th June-1st July. [Oral presentation, Abstract]
  • Gaillard C, Vasilyan D, Maridet O, Lu X, Prieto J. 2017. Fossil fauna of the Glovelier karstic pocket. 15th Swiss Geoscience Meeting (SGM), Davos, Switzerland, November 17-18. [Oral presentation, Abstract]
  • Gaillard C, Prieto J, Lu X, Maridet O, Vasilyan D. 2017. Fossil fauna of the Glovelier karstic pocket. 15th Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (RCMNS) Congress, Athens, Greece, September 3-6. [Oral presentation, Abstract]
  • Lu X, Maridet O. 2017. New Morphological Study On Gliridae Using Enamel Thickness And Enamel Dentine Junction. 15th Annual Meeting of the Association of European Vertebrate Palaeontologists, Munich, Germany, August 1–3. [Poster, Abstract]


Current position

Since 2016 PhD candidate, JURASSICA Museum and University of Fribourg

Academic background

2013–2016 Master in Geobiology, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
2009–2012 Bachelor in Geology, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Beijing University, China


2018 Paleontological field work in Morlaca, Eocene, Transylvanie, Roumanie
2017 Paleontological field work in Murs, Oligocene, Luberon, France
2014 Paleontological field work in Hunan, R.P. Chine
2010–2015 Participate in some field works in Beijing, Tibet, Hubei, Liaoning, Shanxi and Xinjiang, R.P. China

Rewards and scholarships

2015 Reward « Merit Student », University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Tang Junyuan Undergraduate Scholarship, Shanghai. Geology Scholarship, Peking University.

2007 First Prize, China High School Biology Olympiad (CHSBO)
2005 Third Prize, “Cup of Hope” National Mathematics Tournament
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