Dr James Jepson


I am a palaeoentomologist interested in the evolution of fossil and extant insects. My research has mainly been focused on the taxonomy and systematics of Neuropterida (Orders: Neuroptera, Raphidioptera, Megaloptera), and whole fossil insect faunas (e.g. Lower Cretaceous Purbeck and Wealden, UK). My current project is on the evolution of colour patterns in the wings of insects through deep time.


Jepson, J.E., Heads, S.W., 2016. Fossil Megaloptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil. Zootaxa, 4098, 134–144.

Jepson, J.E., 2015. A review of the current state of knowledge of fossil Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera). Zootaxa, 3964, 419–432.

Jepson, J.E., Heads, S.W., Makarkin, V.N., Ren, D., 2013. New fossil mantidflies (Insecta: Neuroptera: Mantispidae) from the Mesozoic of China. Palaeontology, 56(3), 603–613.

Penney, D., McNeil, A., Green, D.I., Bradley, R., Jepson, J.E., Whithers, P.J., Preziosi, R.F., 2012. Ancient Ephemeroptera-Collembola symbiosis predicts contemporary phoretic associations. PLoS ONE, 7(10), e47651.

Jepson, J.E., Makarkin, V.N., Coram, R.A., 2012. New lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera) from the Lower Cretaceous, Purbeck Limestone Group, UK. Cretaceous Research, 34, 31–47.  

Jepson, J.E., Penney, D., Green, D., 2011. First fossil Phatnoma (Hemiptera: Tingidae: Cantacaderinae), in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic. Zootaxa2975, 59–63.

Jepson, J.E., Ansorge, J., Jarzembowski, E.A., 2011. New snakeflies (Insecta: Raphidioptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of the UK, Spain and Brazil. Palaeontology, 54(2), 385-39.

Jepson, J.E., Penney, D., Green, D., 2010. A new species of brown lacewing (Neuroptera, Hemerobiidae) from Eocene Baltic amber. Zootaxa, 2692, 61–68.

Jepson, J.E., Makarkin, V.N., Jarzembowski, E.A., 2009b. New lacewings (Insecta: Neuroptera) from the Lower Cretaceous Wealden Supergroup of Southern England. Cretaceous Research, 30(5), 1325–1338.

Jepson, J.E., Coram, R.A., Jarzembowski, E.A., 2009a. Raphidioptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) from the Lower Cretaceous Purbeck Limestone Group, Dorset, UK. Cretaceous Research, 30(3), 527–532.

Jepson, J.E., Jarzembowski, E.A., 2008. Two new species of snakefly (Insecta: Raphidioptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Spain with a review of other fossil raphidiopterans from the Jurassic/Cretaceous transition. Alavesia, 2, 193–201.

Jepson, J.E., Penney, D., 2007. Neuropteran (Insecta) palaeodiversity with predictions for the Cretaceous fauna of the Wealden. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 248(1-2), 109–118.

–           Books:

Penney, D., Jepson, J.E., 2014. Fossil Insects: An introduction to palaeoentomology. Siri Scientific Press. 224 pp.

Coram, R.A., Jepson, J.E., 2012. Fossil insects of the Purbeck Limestone Group of southern England: Palaeoentomology from the dawn of the Cretaceous. Siri Scientific Press. 144 pp.

–           Public engagement and book reviews:

Buttler, C.J., Jepson, J.E.,  2013. Type Fossils Online. Natur Cymru, 45, 51.

Jepson, J.E., 2012. Lower Cretaceous insects from southern England. Antenna, 36(3), 167–176.

Jepson, J.E., 2012. Fossil insects from the Lower Cretaceous of southern England. Deposits Magazine, 52, 28–43.

Jepson, J.E., 2012. Book Review: Selden and Nudds: Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems (2nd Edition). Geological Curator, 8, 454–455.

Jepson, J.E., 2012. Book Review: Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems (2nd Edition) by Selden & Nudds, 2012. MGA Newsletter, Dec. 2012, 8.

Jepson, J.E., 2012. Book Review: Introducing Palaeontology: A guide to ancient life by Jackson, 2010. MGA newsletter, Sept. 2012, 7.

Jepson, J.E., 2011. Lacewings and Snakeflies of the Lower Cretaceous Wealden Supergroup, Southern England. North West Geologist17, 11–19.

Jepson, J.E., 2011. Book Review: Fossils in Amber: Remarkable snapshots of prehistoric fossil life by Penney & Green, 2011. Antenna, 35(3), 138.


2016 – present: Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.

2014 – 2016: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany.

2012 – 2013: Temporary Curatorial Assistant (JISC Project), Department of Geology, National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales.

2010 – 2012: Honorary Visiting Research Scientist and Part-time Teaching Assistant. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

2010: PhD Palaeoentomology. University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Thesis title: “The Neuropterida of the Lower Cretaceous of southern England, with a systematic study of fossil and extant Raphidioptera”.

2005: BSc (Hons) Geology. University of Manchester, United Kingdom.