Researcher biography

Lucy joined the Vertebrate Palaeontology & Biomechanics Lab as a research assistant and student in 2004.  In 2008 she commenced a PhD on Minmi and the early evolution of ankylosaurs (the armoured dinosaurs).  Minmi is Australia’s  only known genus of ankylosaur, represented by specimens from the Early Cretaceous of Roma, Richmond and Julia Creek, Queensland.

During her undergraduate course, Lucy completed three special research projects involving dinosaur microfossils from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland and the musculoskeletal anatomy Minmi. During 2007 she completed a first class Honours project on the cranial osteology of Minmi sp. (the Richmond specimen), which she presented  at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Cleveland, Ohio, in October 2008.

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The image above shows Lucy getting down and dirty during the 2007 UQ Winton Expedition. Photo Steve Salisbury.

Publications

Leahey, L., R. E. Molnar, K. Carpenter, L. M. Witmer, and S. W. Salisbury. 2015. Cranial osteology of the ankylosaurian dinosaur formerly known as Minmi sp. (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the Lower Cretaceous Allaru Mudstone of Richmond, Queensland, Australia. PeerJ, e1475. DOI 10.7717/peerj.1475

Leahey, L.G., Salisbury, S.W. 2013. First evidence of ankylosaurian dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora) from the 'mid'-Cretaceous (late Albian–Cenomanian) Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 37, 249–257. pdf

Conference papers

Leahey, L., Molnar, R.E. & Salisbury, S.W. 2010. Postcranial osteology of Minmi sp., a basal ankylosauromorph (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous (Albian) Allaru Mudstone of Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(Supplement to Number 5): 121A.

Leahey, L., Molnar, R.E. and Salisbury, S.W., 2009. Minmi and the ankylosauromorph palate. In: K.J. Travuillon, T.H. Worthy, S.J. Hand and P. Creaser (Editors), Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, 2009. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 93: 43.

Leahey, L., Molnar, R. E. and Salisbury, S.W.  2008. The cranial osteology of Minmi sp., a basal ankylosauromorph (Ornithischia: Dinosauria) from the Early Cretaceous (Albian) Allaru Formation of Richmond, north-western Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(Supplement to Number 3), 104A.

Leahey, L. Salisbury, S.W. and Molnar, R.E. 2007. Cranial osteology of Minmi sp., a basal ankylosaurid thyreophoran (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Early Cretaceous (Albian) Allaru Formation of Richmond, north-western Queensland, Australia. In Warren, A. (ed), Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics, 2007. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 85: 57.