Dr Leyla Seyfullah PhD

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary post doctoral researcher

Contact details

+44 (0)121 41 46165
+44 (0)121 41 44942
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Currently awarded a prestigious Dorothea Schlözer fellowship at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany and an honorary fellow at Birmingham researching seed plant evolution whilst trying to pull together molecular and fossil data into a coherent picture.


BSc (Hons) Edinburgh 2000
Masters by Research Silsoe, Cranfield 2002
PhD Birmingham (Palaeobotany) 2009

Other activities

Member of:

  • Palaeobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America
  • International Organisation of Palaeobotany
  • The Palaeontological Association,

Also granted one year honorary membership of the Geological Society of London (from Summer 2010)


Recent publications


Wang, J, Hilton, J, Pfefferkorn, H, Wang, S-J, Zhang, Y, Bek, J, Pšenička, J, Seyfullah, L & Dilcher, D 2021, 'Ancient noeggerathialean reveals the seed plant sister group diversified alongside the primary seed plant radiation', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 118, no. 11, e2013442118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2013442118

Wang, S-J, Hilton, J, Xiao-Yuan, H, Seyfullah, L & Shao, L 2014, 'Anatomy and organization of Zhongmingella (Li) gen. et comb. nov. from the Late Permian of China and its relationships with extinct Osmundalean ferns', Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, vol. 12, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/14772019.2012.726658

Seyfullah, L, Hilton, J & Glasspool, I 2014, 'Hooked: Habits of the Chinese Permian gigantopterid Gigantonoclea', Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jseaes.2014.01.020

Seyfullah, L & Hilton, J 2011, 'Callistophytalean Pteridosperms From Permian Aged Floras of China', Palaeontology, vol. 54, pp. 287-302. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.01025.x

Seyfullah, L, Hilton, J, Liang, MM & Wang, SJ 2010, 'Resolving the systematic and phylogenetic position of isolated ovules: a case study on a new genus from the Permian of China', Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 164, no. 1, pp. 84-108. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8339.2010.01069.x

Seyfullah, L, Hilton, J, Wang, SJ & Galtier, J 2009, 'Anatomically Preserved Pteridosperm Stems and Rachises From Permian Floras of China', International Journal of Plant Sciences, vol. 170, no. 6, pp. 814-828. https://doi.org/10.1086/599076

Seyfullah, L & Hilton, J 2009, 'Re-evaluation of Halle's fertile pteridosperms from the Permian floras of Shanxi Province, China', Plant Systematics and Evolution, vol. 279, no. 1-4, pp. 191-218. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00606-009-0157-9