Department of Evolutionary Paleobiology


Phylogeny and evolution of Glires (Mammalia)


Personal data

Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik

Academic degrees
  • 2014 D.Sc. in Biological Sciences
  • 2006 Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • 1998 M.S. in Geology, Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw

Awards  and scholarships

  • 2010–2013 Theodore Roosevelt Fellowship, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA, Morphology and phylogeny of basal lagomorphs, with focus on the North American Palaeolagus
  • 2007 Postdoctoral Fellowship (KOLUMB Programme), Foundation for Polish Science, held at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
  • 2004 Grant for Young Scientists (START Programme), Foundation for Polish Science, Warsaw

Field work/expeditions
  • 2008 Wyoming and Montana (USA), Paleogene
  • 2000 Bełchatów, Poland, Miocene
  • 1998 Kraków-Wieluń Upland, Poland, Neogene
  • 1995 Enspel, Germany, Oligocene (works sponsored by Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

Grants and projects
  • 2010 Supporting Grant, Foundation for Polish Science
  • 2004–2007 Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland.
  • 2016–2023 project of the National Science Centre, SONATA BIS 2015 [project website]

Editorial work
  • 2003–2004 Assistant Editor of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

  • 2007 Vertebrate Paleobiology and Evolution, Department of Geology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland


Scientific papers

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł., Li, Q., Saha, A.. 2020. A gliriform tooth from the Eocene of the Erlian Basin (Nei Mongol, China) and the premolar morphology of anagalidan mammals at a crossroads. Diversity 12, 420.

Słowiak J., Szczygielski T., Ginter M., & Fostowicz‐Frelik Ł. (2020). Uninterrupted growth in a non‐polar hadrosaur explains the gigantism among duck‐billed dinosaurs. Palaeontology.

Fostowicz-Frelik, Ł., Li, C.K., Li, Q., Meng, J. & Wang, Y. 2015. Strenulagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) from the Middle Eocene Irdin Manha Formation of the Erlian Basin, Nei Mongol, China. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 89: 12–26. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik, Ł., Li, C.K., Mao, F., Meng, J. & Wang, Y. 2015. A large mimotonid from the Middle Eocene of China sheds light on evolution of lagomorphs and their kin. Scientific Reports 5: 9394. [Text - journal site]

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and Meng J. 2013. Comparative morphology of premolar foramen in lagomorphs (Mammalia: Glires) and its functional and phylogenetic implications. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79794.[Text - journal site]

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2013. Reassessment of Chadrolagus and Litolagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) and a New Genus of North American Eocene Lagomorph from Wyoming. American Museum Novitates 3773: 76 pp.

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł., Li C. K., Meng J., and Wang Y. 2012. New Gobiolagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) material from the Middle Eocene of Erden Obo (Nei Mongol, China). Vertebrata PalAsiatica 50: 219–236.[Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł., Nadachowski A., and Kowalewska-Groszkowska M. 2012. New data on the Miocene stem lagomorph Eurolagus fontannesi, and its northernmost record. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57: 1–20. [Full text]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. and Frelik G. 2010. Earliest record of dental pathogen discovered in a North American Eocene rabbit. PALAIOS 25: 818–822. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł., Frelik G., and Gasparik M. 2010. Morphological phylogeny of pikas (Lagomorpha: Ochotona), with a description of a new species from the late Pliocene of Hungary. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 159: 97–118. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. and Sulej T. 2010. Bone histology of Silesaurus opolensis Dzik, 2003, from the Late Triassic of Poland. Lethaia 43: 137–148. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. 2010. New Species of Pliocene Prolagus (Lagomorpha: Ochotonidae) from Poland is the Northernmost Record of the Genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30: 609–612. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. and Frelik G. 2010. The earliest occurrence of the steppe pika (Ochotona pusilla) in Europe near the Pliocene/Pleistocene boundary. Naturwissenschaften 97: 325–329. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. and Tabrum A. R. 2009. Leporids (Mammalia, Lagomorpha) from the Diamond O Ranch local fauna, latest Middle Eocene of southwestern Montana. Annals of Carnegie Museum 78: 253–271. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. 2008. First record of Trogontherium cuvieri (Mammalia: Rodentia) from Poland and review of the species. Geodiversitas 30: 765–778.

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. 2008. Review of the earliest Central European Ochotona (Mammalia: Lagomorpha), with a description of a new species from Poland. Mammalia 72: 71–81. [Text - journal site]

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. 2007. The hind limb skeleton and cursorial adaptations of the Plio-Pleistocene rabbit Hypolagus beremendensis. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 52: 447–476.

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. 2007. Revision of Hypolagus (Mammalia: Lagomorpha) from the Plio-Pleistocene of Poland: qualitative and quantitative study. Annales Zoologici 57: 541–590 (cover article).

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. and Gasparik M. 2006. The taxonomic status of leporid remains from Ördöglyuk Cave, Solymár (Hungary). Acta zoologica cracoviensia 49A (1-2): 151–161.


Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
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00-818 Warszawa, POLAND
phone (+4822) 6978-892; room 635