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B.Sc. in Geology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

M.Sc. in Paleontology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Ph.D. in Paleontology, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain


Research interests

My research interest deals with the determination of the evolutionary processes involved in the evolution of the body pattern of the trilobites throughout the Paleozoic, by means of a multidisciplinary approach. My aim is to develop a world-leading research programme focused on trilobite functional morphology and biomechanics and its relationship with its developmental biology and ecology. I believe that the application of new methods and technologies (e.g. 3D modelling, finite element analysis) and its combination with classic methods (e.g. geometric morphometrics, cladistics) will revolutionize our understanding of trilobite palaeobiology, with implications for the early evolution of the arthropod bauplan as well as their phylogenetic relationships. A multidisciplinary approach, with the application of new methods and technologies (3D modeling, kinematic analysis, finite element analysis, computational simulations of fluid dynamics) and its combination with classical methods of geology and palaeontology (biostratigraphy, taphonomy, geometric morphometry, cladistics ) will revolutionize our understanding of the palaeobiology of trilobites, with implications for the early evolution of body plans in arthropods as well as their phylogenetic relationships.

My research interests lie at the intersection of three different subjects: 1) functional morphology, 2) palaeoecology and 3) morphological variation and developmental biology. In addition, I work on other lines of research closely related to those mentioned. These lines focus on the biostratigraphy and the correlation of the lower and middle Cambrian, biostratigraphy of the Ordovician, and paleogeography, taphonomy, sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Lower Paleozoic.


Selected Publications

Esteve, J., Zhao, Y.L., Maté-González, M.A., Gómez-Heras, M., Peng, J. 2018. A new high-resolution 3-D quantitative method for analysing small morphological features: an example using a Cambrian trilobite. Scientific Reports. 8, 2868. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-21088-4

Esteve, J., Gutierrez-Marco, J.C., Rubio, P., Rábano, I. 2018. Evolution of trilobite enrolment during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: insights from kinematic modelling. Lethaia. doi: 10.1111/let.12242

Álvaro, J.J., Esteve, J. & Zamora, S. 2018. Morphological assessment of the earliest paradoxidid trilobites (Cambrian Series 3) from Morocco and Spain. Geological Magazine.1-30. doi:

Zhao, Y.-L., Yuan, J.L., *Esteve, J. & Peng, J. 2017. The oryctocephalid trilobite zonation across the Cambrian Series 2-Series 3 boundary at Balang, South China: a reappraisal. Lethaia. 50, 400-406. doi: 10.1111/let.12227. *Corresponding author.

Esteve, J., Rubio, P., Zamora, S., & Rahman, I.A. 2017. Modelling enrolment in Cambrian trilobites. Palaeontology. 60, 423-432. doi: 10.1111/pala.12294

Laibl, L., Esteve, J. & Fatka, O. 2017. Giant postembryonic stages reveal origin of lecithotrophy in Cambrian trilobites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 470, 109-115.

Esteve, J., Zhao, Y. & Peng, J. 2017. Morphological assessment of the Cambrian trilobites Oryctocephalus indicus (Reed 1910) from China and Oryctocephalusreticulatus’ (Lermontova 1940) from Siberia. Lethaia.50, 175-193. doi: 10.1111/let.12185.

Esteve, J. & Yuan, Y.L. 2017. Palaeoecology and evolutionary implications of enrolled trilobites from the Kushan Formation, Guzhangian of North China. Historical Biology. 29, 328-340. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2016.1161031

Laibl, L., Esteve, J. & Fatka, O. 2016. Enrolment and thoracic morphology in paradoxid trilobites from the Cambrian of the Czech Republic. Fossil Imprint. 72, 161-171.

Zhao Y.L., Yuan, J.L, Peng, J., Yang, X.L. & Esteve, J. 2015. Restudy of Ovatoryctocara Tchernysheva, 1962 from the Kaili Formation, Jianhe County, Guizhou, South China. Annales de Paléontologie, 101, 193-198.

Esteve, J. 2015. Systematic revision of the type species of Solenopleura Angelin 1854, Ptychopariida, Trilobita, Cambrian Series 3. Annales de Paléontologie. 101, 185-192.

Yuan, J.L. & *Esteve, J. 2015. The earliest species of Burlingia Walcott, 1908 (Trilobita) from South China: biostratigraphical and palaeogeographical significance. Geological Magazine. 152, 358-366. doi:10.1017/S0016756814000417 *Corresponding author.

Barragán, T., Esteve, J., García-Bellido, D., Zamora, S. & Álvaro, J.J. 2014. Hadimopanella oezgueli Gedik, 1977: a palaeoscolecid sclerite useless for taxonomic purposes. Palaeontologia Electronica. 17.3.42A: 1-20.

Yuan, J., *Esteve, J., Ng, T.W. 2014. Articulation, interlocking devices and enrolment in Monkaspis daulis (Walcott, 1905) from Guzhangian, (middle Cambrian) of Shandong Province (North China). Lethaia. 47, 405-417. *Corresponding author.

Barragán, T., Esteve, J., García-Bellido, D., Zamora, S. & Álvaro, J.J. 2014. New mid-Cambrian palaeoscolecid sclerites of Hadimopanella oezgueli from the Cantabrian Mountains, northern Spain. GFF. 136, 22-25.

Esteve, J. & Zamora, S. 2014. Enrolled agnostids from Cambrian of Spain provide new insights about the mode of life in these forms. Bulletin of Geoscience, 89, 283-291. doi: 10.3140/bull.geosci.

Esteve, J. 2014. Intraspecific variability in paradoxidid trilobites from the Purujosa trilobite assemblage (middle Cambrian, northeast Spain). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 59, 215-250.

Zhu, X., Leroise-Aubril, R. & Esteve, J. 2014. Gut fossilization and evidence for detritus feeding habits in an enrolled trilobite from the Cambrian of China. Lethaia. 47, 66-76. doi: 10.1111/let.12041.

Esteve, J. 2013. Revision of enrolled Cambrian trilobites from Spain and it implications in trilobite evolution. Estudios Geológicos. 69, 165-181. doi:10.3989/egeol.41215.259.

Ortega-Hernández, J., Esteve, J. & Butterfield, N.J. 2013. Humble origins for a successful strategy: complete enrolment in early Cambrian olenellid trilobites. Biology Letters 9:

Esteve, J., Hughes, N.C. & Zamora, S. 2013 Thoracic structure and enrolment style in middle Cambrian Eccaparadoxides pradoanus presages caudalization of the derived trilobite trunk. Palaeontology. 56, 589-601. Doi: 10.1111/pala.12004.

Esteve, J., Sundberg, F., Zamora, S. & Gozalo, R. 2012. First report of Alokistocaridae Resser, 1939 (Ptychopariidae, Trilobite) in the Cambrian of Spain. Geobios. 45, 275-283.

Zamora S, Mayoral, E., Esteve, J., Gámez-Vintaned, J.A. & Santos A. 2011. Exoskeletal abnormalities in paradoxidid trilobites from the Cambrian of Spain, and a new type of bite trace. Bulletin of Geoscience. 86, 665-673.

Gozalo, R., Chirivella Martorell, J.B., Esteve, J. & Liñán, E. 2011. Correlation between the base of Drumian Stage and the base of middle Caesaraugustan Stage in the Iberian Chains (NE, Spain). Bulletin of Geoscience. 86, 545-554.

Esteve, J., Hughes, N.C. & Zamora, S. 2011. Purujosa trilobite assemblage and the evolution of trilobite enrollment. Geology. 39, 575-578.

Esteve, J., Zamora, S., Gozalo, R. & Liñán, E. 2010. Sphaeroidal enrolment in middle Cambrian solenopleuropsine trilobites. Lethaia. 43, 478-493.

Esteve, J. 2009. Enrollamiento en Conocoryphe heberti Munier-Chalmas y Bergeron, 1889 del Caesaragustiense superior (Cámbrico Medio) de Murero (Cadenas Ibéricas, NE España) y estructuras coaptativas en la Familia Conocoryphidae. Estudios Geológicos. 65, 109-124.