Yu Liu

Basic Information

Name: Yu Liu

Professor, Head of Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology

Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, China 650091

Telephone/FAX: +86 (871) 6503-2378

Mobile: +86-18388035405

e-mails: yu.liu@ynu.edu.cn; zac.liu@126.com

Post-doc positions are available for international as well as domestic researchers. Please send your CV to yu.liu@ynu.edu.cn



2009: PhD, University of Ulm, Germany. Major: Natural Sciences. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Waloszek.

2005: MSc, Yunnan University, China. Major: Paleontology and Stratigraphy. Supervisor: Prof. Xianguang Hou.

2002: BSc, Yunnan University, China. Major: Geophysics.


 Work Experience

10/2016–present: Deputy Director, Professor, Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Yunnan University, China.

12/2009–09/2016: Associated Professor, Dept. of Biology II, Univ. of Munich, Germany.


Academic Visits

01-02/2007 Department of Zoology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (host: Prof. Dr. Andreas Wanninger)

10-12/2007 Department of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain (host: Prof. Pedro Martinez)

09-10/2008 Department of Biology, University of Tsukuba (host: Prof. Ryuichiro Machida)


Awards and Grants

2017: “High-level Talent of Yunling” in Yunnan Province

2017: Annual Award of Top-10 Achievements in Palaeontology of China

2016–2017: NSFC Grant for Oversea Scholars (NSFC 41528202).

2015–2016: LMUexcellent, LMU Munich, Germany.

2012:  First-class Award of Natural Sciences, Yunnan Prov. (3/3).


Publications (* indicates corresponding author)

1. Liu, Yu & Ortega-Hernández, Javier & Zhai, Dayou. A Reduced Labrum in a Cambrian Great-Appendage Euarthropod. Current Biology, 2020. 10.1016/j.cub.2020.05.085.

2. Liu, Y., Ortega-Hernández, J., Chen, H., Mai, HJ., Zhai, DY., Hou, XG. Computed tomography sheds new light on the affinities of the enigmatic euarthropod Jianshania furcatus from the early Cambrian Chengjiang biota. BMC Evol Biol 2020, 20, 62. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-020-01625-4

3. Chen, Hong & Legg, David & Liu, Yu & Hou, Xian-guang. New data on the anatomy of fuxianhuiid arthropod Guangweicaris spinatus from the lower Cambrian Guanshan Biota, Yunnan, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 2020. 65. 10.4202/app.00508.2018.

4. Liu, Y., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Audo, D., Zhai, D., Mai, H. & Ortega-Hernández. J., Occurrence of the eudemersal radiodont Cambrorasterin the early Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstätte and the diversity of hurdiid ecomorphotypes. Geological Magazine, 2020. doi: 10.1017/S0016756820000187.

5. Zhai, D., G. Edgecombe, A. Bond, M. Huijuan, X. Hou & Y. Liu. Fine-scale appendage structure of the Cambrian trilobitomorph Naraoia spinosa and its ontogenetic and ecological implications. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2019, 286, 20192371.

6. Zhai DY, Williams M, Siveter David J, Harvey THP, Sansom RS, Gabbott SE, Siveter Derek J, Ma XY, Zhou RQ, Liu Y*, Hou XG*, Variation in appendages in early Cambrian bradoriids reveals a wide range of body plans in stem-euarthropods. Communications Biology 2019, 2, 329.

7. Chen XH, Ortega-Hernández J*, Wolfe JM, Zhai DY, Hou XG, Chen AL, Mai HJ, Liu Y*, The appendicular morphology of Sinoburius lunaris and the evolution of the artiopodan clade Xandarellida (Euarthropoda, early Cambrian) from South China. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019, 19, 165.

8. Zhai, D.; Ortega-Hernandez, J.; Wolfe, J. M.; Hou, X.; Cao, C.; Liu, Y., Three-Dimensionally Preserved Appendages in an Early Cambrian Stem-Group Pancrustacean. Current Biology 2019, 29, 171–177.

9. Chen, A.; Chen, H.; Legg, D. A.; Liu, Y.; Hou, X. G., A redescription of Liangwangshania biloba Chen, 2005, from the Chengjiang biota (Cambrian, China), with a discussion of possible sexual dimorphism in fuxianhuiid arthropods. Arthropod structure & development 2018, 47 (5), 552-561.

10. Hou, X.G., Williams, M., Sansom, R., Siveter, D.J., Siveter, D.J., Gabbott, S., Harvey, T.H.P., Cong, P.Y., Liu, Y.*, A new xandarellid euarthropod from the Cambrian Chengjiang biota, Yunnan Province, China. Geological Magazine, 2018. doi:10.1017/S0016756818000730

11. Boyan, G.; Liu, Y.; Khalsa, S. K.; Hartenstein, V., A conserved plan for wiring up the fan-shaped body in the grasshopper and Drosophila. Development genes and evolution 2017, 227 (4), 253-269.

12. He, Y.-Y.; Cong, P.-Y.; Liu, Y.; Edgecombe, G. D.; Hou, X.-G., Telson morphology of Leanchoiliidae (Arthropoda: Megacheira) highlighted by a new Leanchoilia from the Cambrian Chengjiang biota. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 2017, 41 (4), 581-589.

13. Liu, Y., Melzer, R.R., Haug, J.T., Haug, C., Briggs, D.E.G., Hörnig, M.K., He, Y.Y., Hou, X.G. 2016. A three-dimensionally preserved minute larva of a great-appendage arthropod from the early Cambrian Chengjiang biota. PNAS, 113, 5542–5546.

14. Yang, J., Ortega-Hernández, J., Butterfield, N.J., Liu, Y., Boyan, G.S., Hou, J.-B., Lan, T., Zhang, X.-G. 2016. Fuxianhuiid ventral nerve cord and early nervous system evolution in Panarthropoda. PNAS, 113, 2988–2993.

15. "Boyan, G., Liu, Y., 2016. Development of the neurochemical architecture of the central complex. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 167.

16. Ehrhardt, E., Graf, P., Kleele, T., Liu, Y., Boyan, G. 2016. Fates of identified pioneer cells in the antennal nervous system of the grasshopper Schistocera gregaria. 2016. Arthropod, Structure & Development, 45, 23–30.

17. Strausfeld, N.J., Ma, X.Y., Edgecombe, G.D., Fortey, R.A., Land, M.F., Liu, Y., Cong, P.Y., Hou, X.G. 2016. Arthropod eyes: The early Cambrian fossil record and divergent evolution of visual systems. Arthropod, Structure & Development, 45, 152–172.

18. Liu, Y., Scholtz, G., Hou, X.G. 2015. When a 520 million-year-old Chengjiang fossil meets a modern micro-CT – a case study. Scientific Reports, 5: 12802. DOI: 10.1038/srep12802.

19. Boyan, G., Williams, L., Liu, Y. 2015. Conserved patterns of axogenesis in the protocerebral midline of panarthropod. Arthropod, Structure & Development, 44, 101–112.

20. Ehrhardt, E., Liu, Y., Boyan, G. 2015. Axogenesis in the antennal nervous system of the grasshopper Schistocera gregaria revisited: the base pioneers. Development, Genes & Evolution, 225, 39–45.

21. Liu, Y., Haug, J.T., Haug, C., Briggs, D.E.G., Hou, X.G. 2014. A 520 million-year-old chelicerate larva. Nature Communications, 5: 4440. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5440.

22. Boyan, G., Liu, Y. 2014a. Timelines in the insect brain: fates of identified neural stem cells generating the central complex in the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria. Development, Genes & Evolution, 224, 37–51.

23. Boyan, G., Liu, Y. 2014b. Dye coupling and immunostaining of astrocyte-like glia following intracellular injection of fluorochromes in brain slices of the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria. In: Brain development: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1082 (Simon G. Sprecher ed.), Springer Science+Business Media. (DOI: 10.1007/978-1-62703-655-9_7).

24. Liu, Y. 2013. Gliogenesis in the embryonic brain of the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria with particular focus on the protocerebrum prior to mid-embryogenesis. Cell & Tissue Research, 354, 697–705.

25. Liu, Y., Boyan, G. 2013. Glia associated with central complex lineages in the embryonic brain of the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria. Development, Genes & Evolution, 223, 213–223.

26. Boyan, G., Liu, Y., Loser, M. 2012. A cellular network of dye-coupled glia associated with the embryonic central complex in the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria. Development, Genes & Evolution, 222, 125–138.

27. Haug, J.T., Waloszek, D., Maas, A., Liu, Y., Haug, C. 2012. Functional morphology, ontogeny and evolution of mantis shrimp-like predators in the Cambrian. Palaeontology, 55, 369–399.

28. Boyan, G.S., Loser, M., Williams, L., Liu, Y. 2011. Astrocyte-like glia associated with the embryonic development of the central complex in the grasshopper Schistocerca gregaria. Development, Genes & Evolution, 221, 141–155.

29. Liu, Y., Maas, A., Waloszek, D..2010. Early embryonic development of the head region of Gryllus assimilis Fabricius, 1775 (Orthoptera, Insecta). Arthropod, Structure & Development, 39, 382–395.

30. Liu, Y., Maas, A., Waloszek, D..2010. Early development of the anterior body region of the grey widow spider Latrodectus geometricus Koch, 1841 (Theridiidae, Araneae). Arthropod, Structure & Development, 38, 401–416.

31. Liu, Y., Bergström, J., Hou, X. 2007. Chengjiang arthropod Leanchoilia illecebrosa (Hou, 1987) reconsidered. GFF, 129, 263–272.


 Students supervised

In Germany: Martin Wilecki (MSc 2012), Philip Graf (MSc 2013), Michael Loser (PhD 2015), Erica Ehrhardt (PhD 2016)

In China: Di Wu (MSc expected 2018), Ting Zhao (MSc expected 2018), Hong Chen (PhD expected 2020), Xiaohan Chen (PhD expected 2020), Xilin Zhang (PhD expected 2022)Maoyin Zhang (PhD expected 2023)

My Team in YKLP

                                  16/03/2019 In Kunming                             

by: Maoyin Zhang
[update: 2018-03-01]