Lina Golovneva

Lina Golovneva

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Academic degree, academic title: Doctor of Science (Biology)

Position: Chief Researcher, head of the department


Research interests:

  • The Cretaceous and Paleogene flora of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Floristic changes near the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary.
  • Origin of early angiosperms.
  • Reconstruction of paleoclimates.
  • Mountain floras of the Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanic belt.
  • Arctic dinosaurs.

Education and work experience:

1983 – Graduated from the Leningrad State University.
1990 – Candidate Biol. Sci. (= Ph.D) from the Komarov Botanical Institute.
2004 – Doctor Biol. Sci. from the Komarov Botanical Institute.
1983 – until now – work in the Komarov Botanical Institute.
2005 – until now – head of the Botanical Museum.

Grants and research projects:

  • RFBR grant 15-04-05688 «The Cretaceous mountain floras of the Okhotsk-Chulotka volcanogenic belt: «cemetery of relicts» or «cradle of new species»?
  • RFBR grant 16-04-01411 «Distribution of early angiosperms in Northern Asia and their rise to dominance in the Cretaceous ecosystems»
  • RFBR grant 19-04-00943 «A comprehensive study of autochthonous locality of the early angiosperms from the early-middle Albian deposits of the Frentsevka Formation, Primorye»
  • RFBR grant 19-34-90170 «Floristic and paleoecological analysis of the Maastrihtian flora of the Koryak Upland»

Professional memberships:


Dr. Golovneva organized about 30 expeditions for plant fossils collection in Western and Eastern Siberia, Amur Region, Primorye, Kamchatka, and Chukotka.

Editorial activity:

Selected publications:


Zolina А.А.,Golovneva L.B., Spicer R.A. Latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) climate of the Koryak Upland of North-East Russia based on a quantitative analysis of a palaeo-polar flora. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 2020, in press.

Zolina A., Golovneva L., Nosova N., Grabovskiy A. A new species of Phoenicopsis (Leptostrobales) from the Maastrichtian-Danian of Chukotka, Russia. Geobios. 2020, in press.

Akinin V.V., Golovneva L.B., Salnikova E.B., Anisimova I.V., Shczepetov S. V., Nosova N.V. The composition and age of the Ul’ya flora, Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanic belt, North-East Russia: the palaeobotanical and geochronological constraints. Acta Paleobotanica. 2019. 59(2): 251–276.

Golovneva L.B., Grabovskiy A.A. The genus Hausmannia (Dipteridaceae) in the Cretaceous of the North-East of Russia and its paleobiogeographic implications. Cretaceous Research. 2019. 93: 22–32.

Golovneva L.B., Zolina A.A. Fossil evidence of initial radiation of Cercidiphyllaceae. Palaeobotany. 2018. 9: 54–75.

Nosova N.V., Golovneva L.B. The distribution of Sphenobaiera biloba Prynada in the Cretaceous of Northeastern Asia. Palaeobotany. 2018. 9: 18–31.

Manchester S.R., Golovneva L.B., Sokoloff D.D., Friis E.M. Early eudicot reproductive structure: fruit and flower morphology of Ranunculaecarpus Samyl. from the Early Cretaceous of eastern Siberia. Acta Palaeobotanica. 2018. 58(2): 121–133.

Nosova N., Golovneva L. Phoenicopsis (Leptostrobales) and Pseudotorellia (Ginkgoales) from the Cretaceous of North Asia. Cretaceous research. 2018. 86: 149–162.

Golovneva L.B., Alekseev P.I., Gnilovskaya A.A., Yudova D.A. The genus Trochodendroides (Cercidiphyllaceae) in the Cretaceous floras of North-East of Russia. Palaeobotany. 2017. 8: 122–179.

Golovneva L., Alekseev P., Bugdaeva E., Volynets E. An angiosperm dominated herbaceous community from the early – middle Albian of Primorye, Far East of Russia. Fossil Imprint. 2018. 74(1-2): 165–178.

Golovneva L.B. Diversity of palmately lobed leaves in the early-middle Albian of eastern Russia. Cretaceous research. 2018. 84: 18–31.

Gnilovskaya A.A. Golovneva L.B. The genus Pterophyllum (Bennettitales) in the Late Cretaceous of Northeastern of Russia. Cretaceous research. 2018. 82: 56-63.

Golovneva L.B., Alekseev P.I. Taxonomy and morphological diversity of infructescences Jenkinsella co-occurred with Trochodendroides leaves in the Cretaceous and Paleogene. Palaebotany. 2017. 8: 92–121.

Sun G., Golovneva L., Alekseev P., Liang F., Yang T. New species Dalembia jiayinensis (Magnoliopsida) from the Upper Cretaceous Yong'ancun Formation, Heilongjiang, northern China. Cretaceous Research. 2016. 67: 8–15.

Herman A.B., Golovneva L.B., Shczepetov S.V., Grabovsky A.A. The Late Cretaceous Arman Flora of Magadan Oblast, Northeastern Russia. Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation. 2016. 24(7): 651–760.

Gnilovskaya A.A. Golovneva L.B. Fagaceous foliage from the latest Cretaceous of the Koryak Upland (northeastern Russia) and its implications for the evolutionary history of Fagaceae. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 2016. 228: 57–66.

Gnilovskaya A.A., Golovneva L.B. Fagaceous foliage from the latest Cretaceous of the Koryak Upland (northeastern Russia) and its implications for the evolutionary history of Fagaceae. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 2016. 228: 57–66.

Golovneva L.B., Gnilovskaya A.A., 2015. Fossil plants from the Vysokorechenskaya Formation (the Upper Cretaceous, Korayk Upland). Palaeobotany. 2015. 6: 36–47.

Nosova N., Golovneva L. The Mesozoic genus Protophyllocladus Berry (Pinopsida). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 2014. 210: 77–88.

Kodrul T.M., Maslova N.P., Tekleva M.V., Golovneva L.B. Platanaceous reproductive structures and leaves from the Cretaceous of Kundur, Amur Region, Russia. The Palaeobotanist. 2013. 62: 123–148.

Shczepetov S.V., Golovneva L.B. The пenus Heilungia Prynada (Cycadopsida) in the Late Cretaceous аloras of the Okhotsk-Chukotka Volcanic Belt (Northeastern Russia). Paleontological Journal. 2010. 44(10): 1338–1347.

Nosova N.V., Golovneva L.B. A New conifer genus Sachatenia gen. nov. from the Upper Cretaceous deposits of the Lena–Vilyui depression (Eastern Siberia). Paleontological Journal. 2010. 44(10): 1332–1338.

Golovneva L.B. The taxonomy and morphological diversity of leaves of Paraprotophyllum (Platanaceae) from the Late Cretaceous of Sakhalin Island. Paleontological Journal. 2010. 44(10): 1270–1280.

Golovneva L.B. The morphology, taxonomy, and occurrence of the genus Pseudoprotophyllum Hollick (Platanaceae) in Late Cretaceous floras of Northern Asia. Paleontological Journal. 2009. 43(10): 1230–1244.

Shczepetov S.V., Golovneva L.B. Morphological diversity of leaves of Pseudoprotophyllum (Platanaceae) from the Turonian–Coniacian of the northern coast of the sea of Okhotsk. Paleontol. Journ. 2009. 43(10): 1330–1338.

Godefroit P., Golovneva L., Shchepetov S., Garcia G., Alekseev P. The last polar dinosaurs and the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction event. Naturwissenschaften. 2009. 96: 495–501.

Golovneva L.B. Occurrence of Sapindopsis (Platanaceae) in the Cretaceous of Eurasia. Paleontological Journal. 2007. 41(11): 1077–1090.

Golovneva L.B., Oskolski A.A. Infructescences of Cathiaria gen. nov. from the Late Cretaceous of North Kazakhstan and Siberia (Russia). Acta Palaeobotanica. 2007. 47(1): 57–87.

Maslova N.P., Golovneva L.B., Tekleva M.V. Infructescences of Kasicarpa gen. nov. (Hamamelidales) from the Late Cretaceous (Turonian) of the Chulym-Enisey depression, western Siberia, Russia. Acta Palaeobotanica. 2005. 45(2): 121–137.

Sun G., Akhmrtiev M., Dong Z.M. et al. In search of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary in Heilongjiang River Area of China. Journ. Geosci. NE Asia. 2002. 5(2): 105–113.

Krassilov V.A., Golovneva L.B. Inflorescence with tricolpate pollen grains from the Cenomanian of Tschulymo-Yenisey Basin, West Siberia. Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 2001. 115: 99–106.

Golovneva L.B. Aquatic plant community at the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary in north-eastern Russia. Acta Palaeobotanica. 2000. 40(2): 139–151.

Golovneva L.B. Palaeogene climates of Spitsbergen. GFF. 2000. 122: 62–63.

Golovneva L.B. Early Palaeogene floras of Spitsbergen and North Atlantic floristic exchange. Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Geologica. 2000. 44(1): 39–50.

Golovneva L.B. The Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) climate in the Northern Hemisphere. Climates: Past and present (ed. Hart M. B.). Geological Society, London, Special publications. 2000. 181: 43–54.

Krassilov V.A., Golovneva L.B. A new heterosporous plant from the Cretaceous of West Siberia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 1999. 105: 75–84.

Manchester S.R., Crane P.R., Golovneva L.B. An extinct genus with to extant Davidia and Camptotheca (Cornales) from the Paleocene of North America and Eastern Asia. Int. J. Plant Sci. 1999. 160(1): 188–207.

Golovneva L.B., Nessov L.A. On the origin of fossil forests in the Late Cretaceous deposits of the Byssekty Formation (Central Kizylkum Desert, Uzbekistan). JAWA Journal. 1996. 17(3): 248–249.

Golovneva L.B. Environmental changes and patterns of floral evolution during the Cretaceous-Tertiary transition in the Northeastern Asia. Palaentological journal. 1995. 1a: 36–49.

Golovneva L.B. The flora of the Maastrichtian-Danian deposits of the Koryak Upland of the Northeast Russia. Cretaceous Reseach. 1994. 15(1): 89–108.