Farid Saleh

Research Interest

Farid obtained his PhD from the Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, France, in 2020 before completing a postdoc at Yunnan University in China. He has been collaborating with the AnomLab since 2018, and he is currently an SNF Research Fellow at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, where he will work with his group on fossil preservation during the Cambrian Explosion. Farid’s research focuses on constraining how various parameters and processes influenced exceptional preservation using sedimentary, mineralogical, geochemical, and statistical approaches, prior to yielding ecological investigations. Farid serves as an Editor at the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology and is a Steering Committee Member of Sedimentologika.


Taphonomy, paleontology, sedimentology, exceptional fossil preservation, Early Paleozoic, Cambrian Explosion, Ordovician Radiation


Saleh, F., Qi, C., Buatois, L.A., Mángano, M.G., Paz, M., Vaucher, R., Zheng, Q., Hou, X.G., Gabbott, S.E. and Ma, X. 2022. The Chengjiang Biota inhabited a deltaic environment. Nature Communications 13(1), 1569.

Saleh, F., Guenser, P., Gibert, C., Balseiro, D., Serra, F., Waisfeld, B.G., Antcliffe, J.B., Daley, A.C., Mángano, M.G., Buatois, L.A., Ma, X., Vizcaino, D. and Lefebvre, B. 2022. Contrasting Early Ordovician assembly patterns highlight the complex initial stages of the Ordovician Radiation. Scientific reports 12(1), 3852.

Saleh, F., Vaucher, R., Antcliffe, J.B., Daley, A.C., El Hariri, K., Kouraiss, K., Lefebvre, B., Martin, E.L., Perrillat, J.P., Sansjofre, P. Vidal, M., and Pittet, B. 2021. Insights into soft-part preservation from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Biota. Earth-Science Reviews, 213, p.103464.

Saleh, F., Antcliffe, J.B., Lefebvre, B., Pittet, B., Laibl, L., Peris, F.P., Lustri, L., Gueriau, P. and Daley, A.C. 2020. Taphonomic bias in exceptionally preserved biotas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 529, 115873.

Saleh, F., Daley, A.C., Lefebvre, B., Pittet, B. and Perrillat, J.P. 2020. Biogenic iron preserves structures during fossilization: a hypothesis: iron from decaying tissues may stabilize their morphology in the fossil record. BioEssays 42(6), 1900243.


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