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Prof. Dr. Jes Rust







Contact information

Nussallee 8
Raum 112
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-4842
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-3103 (Sekretariat)
E-Mail: jrust [at]


Research interest

  • Evolution, phylogeny and palaeobiology of arthropods
  • Palaeobiology of molluscs
  • Origin, nature and importance of Konservatlagerstätten
  • Theoretical aspects of evolutionary biology, phylogeny and biological systematics



  • Palaeobiology, palaeoecology and taphonomy of a fauna in the periphery of a Konservatlagerstätte (Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate, Germany) (DFG)
  • Systematic, Palaeoecology, and Palaeobiogeography of Nematocera from the Early Eocene Indian amber (DFG)
  • Testing molecular clocks using fossil evidence [Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research (GBR)]
  • Komplexität, Struktur und Wandel terrestrischer Ökosysteme zur Zeit des eozänen Klimaoptimums am Beispiel von Pflanzen-Insekten Assoziationen aus Messel und Eckfeld (DFG)
  • Phylogeny, palaeobiology, diversity, and evolutionary significance of Euarthropoda from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate (Germany) (DFG)
  • Exploration of amber from the Eocene of India (DFG)
  • Mikro-CT Untersuchung von Weichkörpererhaltung und 3-D Rekonstruktionen von Fossilien aus paläozoischen Konservatlagerstätten (DFG)
  • The Paoliidae and their significance for the basal phylogeny of the Pterygota (Insecta) (DFG - together with TU Clausthal und TU Bergakademie Freiberg)


Selected publications

  • MALEKHOSSEINI, M., ENSIKAT, H.-J., MCCOY, V. E., WAPPLER, T., WEIGEND, M., KUNZMANN, L. and RUST, J. (2022): Traces of calcium oxalate biomineralization in fossil leaves from late Oligocene maar deposits from Germany. – Scientific Reports, 12:15959. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-20144-4.
  • MÄHLER, B., JANSSEN, K., TAHOUN, M., TOMASCHEK, F., SCHELLHORN, R., BIERBAUM, G., MÜLLER, C.E. and RUST, J. (2022): Adipocire formation in biofilms as a first step in soft tissue preservation. -Scientific Reports, 12(1):10122. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-14119-8.
  • JIANG, H., TOMASCHEK, F., MUSCENTE, A.D., NIU, C., NYUNT, T.T., FANG, Y., SCHMIDT, U., CHEN, J M., LÖNARTZ, M., MÄHLER, B., WAPPLER, T., JARZEMBOWSKI, E.A., SWEDO, J., ZHANG, H., RUST, J. and WANG, B. (2022): Widespread mineralization of soft-bodied insects in Cretaceous amber. - Geobiology, 20 (3): 363-376.
  • BARTHEL H.J., MCCOY V.E., RUST J. (2021): From ultrastructure to biomolecular composition: Taphonomic patterns of tissue preservation in arthropod inclusions in amber. - In: GEE C.T., MCCOY V.E., SANDER P.M., eds. Fossilization: Understanding the Material Nature of Ancient Plants and Animals. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • STINNESBECK E.S., STINNESBECK W., HERDER F. AND RUST J. (2020): Taphonomy and paleobiology of the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian) pachyrhizodont Goulmimichthys roberti from Vallecillo and Múzquiz, northeastern Mexico. - Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 543, 09607.
  • BARTHEL H.J., FOUGEROUSE D., GEISLER T. and RUST J. (2020): Fluoridation of a lizard bone embedded in Dominican amber suggests open-system behavior. - PLoS ONE, 15: e0228843. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228843.
  • MÄHLER, B., JANSSEN, K., MENNEKEN, M., TAHOUN, M., LAGOS, M., BIERBAUM, G., MÜLLER, C.E. and RUST, J. (2020): Calcite precipitation forms crystal clusters and muscle mineralization during the decomposition of Cambarellus diminutus (Decapoda: Cambaridae) in freshwater. - Palaeontologia Electronica; DOI: 10.26879/992.
  • VASILIKOPOULOS, A., MISOF, B., MEUSEMANN, K., LIEBERZ, D., FLOURI, T., BEUTEL, R.G., NEIHUIS, O., WAPPLER, T., RUST, J., PETERS, R.S., et al. (2020): An integrative phylogenomic approach to elucidate the evolutionary history and divergence times of Neuropterida (Insecta: Holometabola). - BMC Evol. Biol. 20, 64.
  • PERIS, D., KUNDRATA, R., DELCLÒS, X., MÄHLER, B., IVIE, M., RUST, J. AND LABANDEIRA, C.C. (2020): Unlocking the mystery of the mid-Cretaceous Mysteriomorphidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea) and modalities in transiting from gymnosperms to angiosperms. - Scientific Reports, 10, 16854.
  • PERIS, D., JANSSEN, K., BARTHEL, H.J., BIERBAUM, G., DELCLÒS, X., PEÑALVER, E., SOLÓRZANO-KRAEMER, M.M., JORDAL, B.H. AND RUST, J. (2020): DNA from resin-entombed organisms: past, present and future. - Plos ONE, 15, e0239521.
  • PERIS, D., LABANDEIRA, C.C., BARRÓN, E., DELCLÒS, X., RUST, J. AND WANG, B. (2020): Generalist pollen-feeding beetles during the mid-Cretaceous. - iScience 23, 100913. DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.100913.
  • PERIS, D. AND RUST, J. (2020): Cretaceous beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) in amber: the palaeoecology of this most diverse group of insects. - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 189, 1085–1104.
  • EVANGELISTA, D. A., WIPFLER, B., BETHOUX, O., DONATH, A., FUJITA, M., KOHLI, M. K., LEGENDRE, F., LIU, S., MACHIDA, R., MISOF, B., PETERS, R. S., PODSIADLOWSKI, L., RUST, J., SCHUETTE, K., TOLLENAAR, W., WARE, J. L., WAPPLER, T., ZHOU, X., MEUSEMANN, K., SIMON, S. (2019): An integrative phylogenomic approach illuminates the evolutionary history of cockroaches and termites (Blattodea). – Proc. R. Soc. B, 286: 20182076.
  • STINNESBECK, E. S., RUST, J., HERDER, F. (2019): Paleobiology and taphonomy of the pycnodont fish Nursallia gutturosum, based on material from the Latest‑Cenomanian ‑middle Turonian Vallecillo platy limestone, Mexico. – Pal. Z.,
  • BAO, T., ZHANG, X., WALCZYŃSKA, K. S., WANG, B., RUST, J. (2019): Earliest mordellid-like beetles from the Jurassic of Kazakhstan and China (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 130: 247–256. doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2019.02.002.
  • BAO, T., WALCZYŃSKA, K. S., BOJARSKI, B., JARZEMBOWSKI, E., WANG, B., RUST, J. (2018): A new species of tumbling flower beetle (Coleoptera: Mordellidae) from Baltic amber. Pal. Z, 1: 3. doi:10.1007/s12542-018-0434-4.
  • VAN DE KAMP, T., SCHWERMANN A. H., DOS SANTOS ROLO, T., LÖSEL, P. D., ENGLER, T., ETTER, W., FARAGÓ, T., GÖTTLICHER, J., HEUVELINE, V., KOPMANN, A., MÄHLER, B., MÖRS, T., ODAR, J., RUST, J. TAN JEROME, N., VOGELGESANG, M., BAUMBACH, T., KROGMANN, L. (2018): Parasitoid biology preserved in mineralized fossils. – Nature Communications, 9:3325; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05654-y.
  • BAO, T., RUST, J., WANG, B. (2018): Systematics, phylogeny and taphonomy of Cretaceous Psephenidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) from Burmese amber. Palaeontographica A., 310: 131–159. doi:10.1127/0375-0442/2018/0086.
  • BAO, T., WALCZYŃSKA, K. S., MOODY, S., RUST, J., WANG, B. (2018): A new family Apotmouridae fam., nov. (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from lower Cenomanian amber of Myanmar. - Cretaceous Research, 91: 14-19.
  • STEBNER, F., SINGH, H., RUST, J. GRIMALDI, D. A. (2017): Lygistorrhinidae (Diptera:
    Bibionomorpha: Sciaroidea) in early Eocene Cambay amber. – PeerJ, 5:e3313; DOI10.7717/peerj.3313.
  • PETERS, R. S., KROGMANN, L., MAYER, C., DONATH, A., GUNKEL, S., MEUSEMANN, K. KOZLOV, A., PODSIADLOWSKI, L., PETERSEN, M., LANFEAR, R., DIEZ, P. A., HERATY, J., KJER, K. M., KLOPFSTEIN, S., MEIER, R., POLIDORI, C., SCHMITT, T., LIU, S., ZHOU, X., WAPPLER, T., RUST, J., MISOF, B., NIEHUIS, O. (2017): Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera. – Current Biology, 27(7): 1013-1018.
  • STEBNER, F., SZADZIEWSKI, R., SINGH, H., GUNKEL, S., RUST, J. (2017): Biting Midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Cambay Amber Indicate that the Eocene Fauna of the Indian Subcontinent Was Not Isolated. - PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169144. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169144.
  • STEBNER, F., SZADZIEWSKI, R., RÜHR, P. T., SINGH, H., HAMMEL, J. U., KVIFTE, G. K. & RUST, J. (2016): A fossil biting midge (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from early Eocene Indian amber with a complex pheromone evaporator. – Scientific Reports; DOI: 10.1038/srep34352.
  • WANG, B., XIA, F., ENGEL, M. S., PERRICHOT, V., SHI, G., ZHANG, H., CHEN, J. JARZEMBOWSKI, E. A., WAPPLER, T. & RUST, J. (2016): Debris-carrying camouflage among diverse lineages of Cretaceous insects. – Science Advances, Vol. 2, no. 6, e1501918; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501918.
  • RUST, J. & WAPPLER, T. (2016): Palaeontology: The point of no return in the fossil record of eusociality. – Current Biology, 26: R159-R161.
  • RUST, J., BERGMANN, A., BARTELS, C. SCHOENEMANN, B., SEDLMEYER, S. AND KÜHL, G. (2016): The Hunsrück biota: A unique window into the ecology of Lower Devonian arthropods. – Arthropod Structure and Development, 45(2): 140-151.
  • SOLÓRZANO-KRAEMER, M., STEBNER, F., BICKEL, D. & RUST, J. (2015): Entrapment bias of arthropods in Miocene amber revealed by trapping experiments in a tropical forest in Chiapas, Mexico. – PLoS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118820.
  • KJER, K. M. WARE, J. L., RUST, J. WAPPLER, T. et al. (2015): Response to Comment on, Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution“. – Science, 349: 487c.
  • MISOF, B., LIU, S., MEUSEMANN, K., PETERS, R. S., DONATH, A., MAYER, C., FRANDSEN, P. B., WARE, J., FLOURI, T., BEUTEL, R. G., NIEHUIS, O., PETERSEN, M., IZQUIERDO-CARRASCO, F., WAPPLER, T., RUST, J., ABERER, A. J. et al. (2014): Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. – Science, 346: 763-767.
  • RUST, J. (2014): 8. Jes Rust. – In: Sánchez-Villagra, M. R. & MacLeod, N. (Eds):
    Issues in Palaeobiology: A Global View. Interviews and Essays; S. 95-107; Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich.
  • MAZUR, N., NAGEL, M., LEPPIN, U., BIERBAUM, G., RUST, J. (2014): The extraction of fossil arthropods from Lower Eocene Cambay amber. – Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 59 (2): 455-459.
  • WANG, B., RUST, J., ENGEL, M. S., SZWEDO, J., DUTTA, S., NEL, A., FAN, Y., MENG, F., SHI, G., JARZEMBOWSKI, E. A., WAPPLER, T., STEBNER, F., FANG, Y., MAO, L., ZHENG, D. & ZHANG, H. (2014): A Diverse Paleobiota in Early Eocene Fushun Amber from China. – Current Biology, 24: 1606-1610.
  • CHEN, J., WANG B., ENGEL, M. S., WAPPLER, T., JARZEMBOWSKI, E. A., ZHANG, H. WANG, X. ZHENG, X. & RUST, J. (2014): Extreme adaptations for aquatic ectoparasitism in a Jurassic fly larva. – eLife; DOI: 10.7554/eLife.02844.
  • GREENWALT, D. E. & RUST, J. (2013): A new species of Pseudotettigonia Zeuner
    1937 (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) with an intact stridulatory field and a reexamination of the subfamily Pseudotettigoniinae. – Syst. Ent. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12050
  • BERGMANN, A. & RUST, J. (2013): Morphology, Palaeobiology, and Phylogeny of Oryctocaris balssi gen. nov. (Arthropoda), a phyllocarid from the Lower Devonian
    Hunsrück Slate (Germany). – Journal of Systematic Palaeontology:
    DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2012.750630.
  • HÖRNSCHEMEYER, T., HAUG, J. T., BETHOUX, O., BEUTEL, R. G., CHARBONNIER, S.,HEGNA, T. A., KOCH, M., RUST, J., WEDMANN, S., BRADLER, S. & WILLMANN, R. (2013): Is Strudiella a Devonian insect? - Nature 494: E3-E4. doi: 10.1038/nature11887
  • STRELOW, J., SOLÓRZANO KRAEMER, M. M., IBÁÑEZ-BERNAL, S., RUST, J. (2013): Systematic description of the first fossil horsefly (Diptera: Tabanidae) in Miocene Mexican amber. – Paläontologische Zeitschrift, doi: 10.1007/s12542-013-0171-7
  • KÜHL, G., POSCHMANN, M., RUST, J. (2013): A ten-legged sea spider (Arthropoda: Pycnogonida) from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate (Germany). – Geological Magazine, doi 10.1017/S0016756812001033
  • KÜHL, G. & RUST, J. (2012): Captopodus poschmanni gen. et sp. nov. a new stem-group arthropod from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate (Germany). - Arthropod Structure and Development, 41: 609-622.
  • WAPPLER, T., LABANDEIRA, C.C., RUST, J., FRANKENHAUSER, H., WILDE, V. (2012): Testing for the Effects and Consequences of Mid Paleogene Climate Change on Insect Herbivory. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40744. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040744.
  • MARTIN TH., V. KOENIGSWALD, W., RADTKE, G., RUST, J. (2012): Paläontologie – 100 Jahre Paläontologischen Gesellschaft. – Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, München.
  • KÜHL, G., BERGMANN, A., DUNLOP, J., GARWOOD, R. J., RUST, J. (2012): Redescription and palaeobiology of Palaeoscorpius devonicus Lehmann, 1944 from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate of Germany. – Palaeontology, 55: 775-787.
  • RUST, J. (2012): Choristers of the Jurassic. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 109: 3606-3607.
  • KÜHL, G., BARTELS, C., BRIGGS, D.E.G. AND RUST, J. (2012): Visions of a Vanished World: The Extraordinary Fossils of the Hunsrück Slate. – 128 p., Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
  • KRARUP PEDERSEN, G., SCHACK PEDERSEN, S., BONDE, N., HEILMANN-CLAUSEN, C., MELCHIOR LARSEN, L., LINDOW, B., MADSEN, H., PEDERSEN, A. K., RUST, J., SCHULTZ, B. P., STOREY, M., WILLUMSEN, P. S. (2012): Molerområdets geologi geologiske landvindinger opnået gennem studier af Fur Formationen og de over- og underliggende sedimenter i den vestlige del af Limfjorden, Danmark. - Geologisk Tidsskrift, 2011: 41-135.
  • PETRULEVICIUS, J. F., WAPPLER, T., NEL, A., RUST, J. (2011): The diversity of Odonata (Insecta) and their endophytic ovipositions from the Upper Oligocene Fossillagerstätte of Rott (Rhineland, Germany). – ZooKeys, 130: 67-89.
  • KÜHL, G., BARTELS, C., BRIGGS, D. E. G. & RUST, J. (2011): Fossilien im Hunsrück-Schiefer. Einzigartige Fossilien aus einer einzigartigen Region. – 120 S.,Edition Goldschneck, Quelle & Meyer Verlag GmbH & Co, Wiebelsheim.
  • NEIBER, M. T., HARTKE, T. R., STEMME, T., BERGMANN, A., RUST, J., ILIFFE, T. M., KOENEMANN, S. (2011): Global biodiversity and phylogenetic evaluation of Remipedia (Crustacea). – PLoS ONE, 6(5): e19627. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019627
  • HARTKOPF-FRÖDER C., RUST, J., WAPPLER, T., FRIIS, E. M. , VIEHOFEN, A. (2011): Mid-Cretaceous flower visitors and plant decomposers. – Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0696.
  • RUST, J. (2011): Fossilien – Meilensteine der Evolution. – 160 S., Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt; Primus Verlag Darmstadt.
  • KÜHL, G. AND RUST, J. (2010).Re-investigation of Mimetaster hexagonalis - a marrellomorph arthropod from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate (Germany). - Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 84 (3): 397-411.
  • RUST, J., SINGH, H., RANA, R. S., MCCANN, T., SINGH, L., ANDERSON, K. SARKAR, N., NASCIMBENE, P. F., GERDES, F., THOMAS, J. C., SOLÓRZANO-KRAEMER, M., WILLIAMS, C. J., ENGEL, M. S., SAHNI, A., GRIMALDI, D. (2010): Biogeographic and Evolutionary Implications of a Diverse Paleobiota in Amber from the Early Eocene of India. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 107: 18360-18365.
  • WANG, B., ZHANG, H., WAPPLER, T. & RUST, J. (2010): Palaeontinidae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadomorpha) from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany and their phylogenetic significance. – Geological Magazine, 147: 570-580.
  • KÜHL, G., BRIGGS, D. E. G. & RUST, J. (2009): A Great-Appendage Arthropod with radial mouth from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate, Germany. – Science, 323: 771-773.
  • WAPPLER, T., CURRANO, E. C., WILF, P., RUST, J. & LABANDEIRA, C. C. (2009): No post-Cretaceous ecosystem depression in European forests? Rich insect-feeding damage on diverse middle Palaeocene plants at Menat, France. – Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 276: 4271-4277.
  • KÜHL, G. & RUST, J. (2009): Devonohexapodus bocksbergensis is a synonym of Wingertshellicus backesi (Euarthropoda) - no evidence for marine hexapods living in the Devonian Hunsrück Sea. – Organisms, Diversity and Evolution, 9: 215-231.
  • PETRULEVIČIUS, J. F., WAPPLER, T., WEDMANN, S., RUST, J., NEL, A. (2008): New megapodagrionid damselflies (Odonata: Zygoptera) from the Paleogene of Europe. – Journal of Paleontology, 82(6): 1173-1181.
  • KÜHL, G., RUST, J. & BERGSTRÖM, J. (2008): Morphology, Palaeobiology and Phylogeny of Vachonisia rogeri (Arthropoda) from the Lower Devonian Hunsrück Slate. – Palaeontographica, Abt. A., 286:123-157.
  • RUST, J., PETRULEVIČIUS, J. F. & NEL, A. (2008): The first damselflies from the lowermost Eocene of Denmark with description of a new subfamily (Odonata, Zygoptera: Dysagrionidae). – Palaeontology, 51 (3): 709-713.
  • RUST, J. (2007): Die Bedeutung von Fossilien für phylogenetische Rekonstruktionen. – Species, Phylogeny and Evolution, 1: 75-87.
  • WEDMANN, S., BRADLER, S. & RUST, J. (2007): The first fossil leaf insect: 47 million years of specialized cryptic morphology and behavior. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 104 (2): 565-569.
  • RUST, J. (2007): Aspekte der Entwicklung der Paläontologie in Deutschland während der letzten 100 Jahre. – In: Höhepunkte der zoologischen Forschung (Festschrift zur 100. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft in Köln, Hrsg. J. W. Wägele); S. 337-357; Basilisken-Presse, Marburg.
  • RUST, J. (2007): Die Bedeutung von Fossilien für phylogenetische Rekonstruktionen. – Species, Phylogeny and Evolution, 1: 75-87.
  • WILLMANN, R. & RUST, J. (2001): Die zoologische und botanische Sammlung Albertus Seba´s. - S. 26-39 in Seba, A.: Das Naturalienkabinett. Vollständige Ausgabe der kolorierten Tafeln. 587 S., Köln, London, Madrid (Taschen).
  • RUST, J. (2000): Fossil record of mass moth migration. - Nature, 405: 530-531.
  • RUST, J. & ANDERSEN, N. M. (1999): Giant ants from the Paleogene of Denmark with a discussion of the fossil history and early evolution of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125: 331-348, London.
  • RUST, J., STUMPNER, A. & GOTTWALD, J. (1999): Singing and hearing in a Tertiary bushcricket. – Nature, 399: 650.