Lab news

  • January 18th 2018: Torsten gave invited talk at Univ. of Bonn, Germany on the Late Miocene Megafauna of Venezuela
  • January 2018 - NATURE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS: Extinct crocodile tackled challenging prey
  • April 2018: SNF funded project "Sensory Palaeoecology in Secondary Aquatic Reptiles” came to its conclusion
  • April 2018: New SNF project "Thalattosauriform reptiles in Triassic marine ecosystems" started
  • May 7th 2018: Ashley defended successfully her thesis and left (again) for Australia
  • May-June 2018: Stephan and Torsten went to Beijing (IVPP and PKU) to study protorosaurs
  • July 9th-13th 2018: Torsten attended the "fossil week", International Palaeontological Congress IPC in Paris
  • August 1st 2018: Dylan Bastiaans joined the lab as doctoral student - welcome!
  • Septmeber 1st 2018: Feiko Miedema joined the lab for a part-time Master project - welcome!
  • September 2018: Stephan left for field work and collections visit in South Africa
  • November 2018: Ashley found a new job in Australia - congratulations!
  • Nov 30th-December1st 2018: Torsten participated in the Swiss Geosci Meeting in Bern
  • December 2018: Stephan published on a new specimen of Prolacerta from Antarctica
  • December 2018: Wei published on a new adult specimen of Sinocyamodus from China
  • January 2019: Christian will start a new job in Germany - congratulations!
  • January 2019: Wei published a new species of the placodont Cyamodus from China
  • February 2019: Marta co-authored an article on the skull network complexity of T. rex
  • February 2019: Nanni Mautner's work on the pancake tortoise (Malacochersus) published in 2017 was one of Wiley's top cited articles in J Morphol
  • March 5th 2019: Torsten participated as scientific supervisor at Exposure Young Mind's Science Film Day at the Zool./Palaeonol. Museum, UZH
  • May 2019: Marta starts a PhD in the group of Prof. Christian Klug at PIMUZ - congratulations!
  • June 4th 2019: Torsten co-authored a paper on Eocene squamates from Dielsdorf. Here is a link to the Tagesanzeiger press release
  • July 18th 2019: Torsten co-authored a paper on the bone histology of the stem-turtle Pappochelys
  • July 22nd-25th: Feiko, Stephan and Torsten participated in the ICVM meeting in Prague; Torsten was also at ISPH Cape Town (July 31st - August 4th)
  • August 31st 2019: Birdly flight simulator "Jurassic Flight" from SOMNIACS was at PIMUZ during the SCIENTIFICA 2019
  • November 22nd-23rd 2019: Dylan, Stephan and Torsten participated in the Swiss Geosci Meeting in Fribourg
  • November 23rd 2019: Stephan won the Paleoprize for junior scientists at this year's SGM in Fribourg - cheers!
  • December 2019: Eva Herbst just joined our lab in Zurich as a Postdoc.Welcome!
  • December 2020: Stephan and Torsten published a taxonomic revision of the enigmatic long-necked Tanystropheus
  • January 2020: Our lab published a couple of chapters in the new Staringia 16 on the fauna from Winterswijk, The Netherlands
  • January 2020: Torsten co-authored a paper on the first crown-member of Crocodylia with three sacrals
  • February 2020: Torsten co-authored a paper on the dimorphic shells of the giant freshwater turtle Stupendemys geographicus from South America
  • March 2020: Stephan and Torsten co-authored a study on tiny Colobops from the Triassic, reinterpreting the taxon as a rhynchocephalian
  • March-June2020: "homeoffice" and "homeschool" are dominating the daily routine of the lab members - stay save and healthy everywhere!
  • May 2020: In collaboration with members of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, UZH, and the Institute for Biomechanics ETHZ, Eva and Dylan received a Graduate Campus (GRC) Grant for organising a joint workshop "Finite Element Analysis: Modeling Biological Functional Complexes" - congratulations!
  • May 2020: together with our colleagues Li Chun and Wang Wei at IVPP in Beijing, Stephan, Feiko and Torsten re-described the holotype of Macrocnemus fuyuanensis in Vertebrata PalAsiatica

Skeleton of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi from the Middle Triassic  Prosanto Fm., Ducan area, Switzerland. From Scheyer et al., 2017 (Sci. Rep.)

Torsten and Georgios Georgalis studying the holotype of Palaeopython helveticus. More information can be found as well on the website "Irchel Nature Trail"

Isabel Klusman from the Zoological Museum and Stephan experience "Jurassic Flight" on Birdly (picture on the right kindly provided by Dylan)

Lab publications

2020

  • Cadena, E.-A., T. M. Scheyer, J. D. Carrillo-Briceño, R. Sánchez, O. A. Aguilera-Socorro, A. Vanegas, M. Pardo, D. M. Hansen, and M. R. Sánchez-Villagra. 2020. The anatomy, paleobiology and evolutionary relationships of the largest extinct side-necked turtle. Science Advances 6(7): eaay4593 [doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay4593].
  • Clarac, F., T. M. Scheyer, J. B. Desojo, I. A. Cerda, and S. Sanchez. 2020. The evolution of dermal shield vascularisation in Testudinata and Pseudosuchia: Phylogenetic constraints versus ecophysiological adaptations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375:20190132 [doi: 20190110.20191098/rstb.20192019.20190132].
  • Scheyer, T. M., S. N. F. Spiekman, H.-D. Sues, M. D. Ezcurra, R. J. Butler, and M. E. H. Jones. 2020. Colobops: a juvenile rhynchocephalian reptile (Lepidosauromorpha), not a diminutive archosauromorph with an unusually strong bite. Royal Society Open Science 7: 192179 [doi: 10.1098/rsos.192179].
  • Scheyer, T. M., W. wang, C. Li, F. Miedema, and S. N. F. Spiekman. 2020. Osteological re-description of Macrocnemus fuyuanensis (Archosauromorpha, Tanystropheidae) from the Middle Triassic of China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica (in press) [doi: 10.19615/j.cnki.1000-3118.200525].

2019

  • Butler, R. J., A. S. Jones, E. Buffetaut, G. W. Mandl, T. M. Scheyer, and O. Schultz. 2019. Description and phylogenetic placement of a new marine species of phytosaur (Archosauriformes: Phytosauria) from the Late Triassic of Austria. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 187(1):198-228 [doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz014].
  • Georgalis, G. L., and T. M. Scheyer. 2019. A new species of Palaeopython (Serpentes) and other extinct squamates from the Eocene of Dielsdorf (Zurich, Switzerland). Swiss Journal of Geosciences [doi: 10.1007/s00015-019-00341-6]. (in press)
  • Georgalis, G. L., and T. M. Scheyer. 2019. 3D data related to the publication: A new species of Palaeopython (Serpentes) and other extinct squamates from the Eocene of Dielsdorf (Zurich, Switzerland). MorphoMuseuM 5:e93 [doi: 10.1007/s00015-019-00341-6].

  • Neenan, J. M., M. A. During, and T. M. Scheyer. 2019. The importance of Winterswijk for understanding placodontiform evolution. Grondboor & Hamer Volume 73 nr 5/6 - 2019 - Edition Staringia 16:222-225.

  • Salas-Gismondi, R., J. W. Moreno-Bernal, T. M. Scheyer, M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, and C. Jaramillo. 2018. New Miocene Caribbean gavialoids and patterns of longirostry in crocodylians. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 17:1049-1075 [doi: 10.1080/14772019.2018.1495275].

  • Scheyer, T. M., A. G. Neuman, and D. B. Brinkman. 2019. A large marine eosauropterygian reptile with affinities to nothosauroid diapsids from the Early Triassic of British Columbia, Canada. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica [doi: 10.4202/app.00599.2019] (in press).
  • Scheyer, T. M., N. Klein, O. Sichelschmidt, J. M. Neenan, and P. Albers. 2019. With plates and spikes - the heavily armoured Eusaurosphargis aff. dalsassoi. Grondboor & Hamer Volume 73 nr 5/6 - 2019 - Edition Staringia 16:217-221.
  • Scheyer, T. M., J. R. Hutchinson, O. Strauss, M. Delfino, J. D. Carrillo-Briceño, R. Sánchez, and M. R. Sánchez-Villagra. 2019. Giant extinct caiman breaks constraint on the axial skeleton of extant crocodylians. eLife 2019;8:e49972 [doi: 10.7554/eLife.49972].
  • Schoch, R. R., N. Klein, T. M. Scheyer, and H.-D. Sues. 2019. Microanatomy of the stem-turtle Pappochelys rosinae indicates a predominantly fossorial mode of life and clarifies early steps in the evolution of the shell. Scientific Reports 9:10430 [doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-46762-z].

  • Spiekman, S. N. F. 2019. Tanystropheids from the Winterswijk quarry - rare but recurring elements. Grondboor & Hamer Volume 73 nr 5/6 - 2019 - Edition Staringia 16:208-215.

  • Spiekman, S. N. F., and T. M. Scheyer. 2019. A taxonomic revision of the genus Tanystropheus (Archosauromorpha, Tanystropheidae). Palaeontologia Electronica 22.3.80:1-46 [doi: 10.26879/1038].

  • Wang, W., C. Li, T. M. Scheyer, and L. Zhao. 2019. A new species of Cyamodus (Placodontia, Sauropterygia) from the early Late Triassic of south-west China. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 17(17): 1457-1476 [doi: 10.1080/14772019.2018.1535455].

  • Werneburg, I., B. Esteve-Altava, J. Bruno, M. T. Ladeira, and R. Diogo. 2019. Unique skull network complexity of Tyrannosaurus rex among land vertebrates. Scientific Reports 9:1520 [doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37976-8].

  • Zurita-Altamirano, D., E. Buffetaut, A. M. Forasiepi, A. Kramarz, J. D. Carrillo, G. Aguirre-Fernández, A. A. Carlini, T. M. Scheyer, and M. R. Sánchez-Villagra. 2019. The Allemann collection from the Santa Cruz Formation (late early Miocene), Argentina, in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology 138:259-275 [doi: 10.1007/s13358-019-00185-5].

 

2018

  • Cerda, I. A., J. B. Desojo, and T. M. Scheyer. 2018. Novel data on aetosaur (Archosauria, Pseudosuchia) osteoderm microanatomy and histology: palaeobiological implications. Palaeontology 61(5):721-745 [doi: 10.1111/pala.12363].
  • De Miguel Chaves, C., T. M. Scheyer, F. Ortega, and A. Pérez-García. 2018. The placodonts (Sauropterygia) from the Middle Triassic of Canales de Molina (Central Spain), and an update on the knowledge about this clade in the Iberian record. Historical Biology  [doi: 10.1080/08912963.2018.1462805]. (in press)
  • Foth, C., M. V. Fernandez Blanco, P. Bona, and T. M. Scheyer. 2018. Cranial shape variation in jacarean caimanines (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea) and its implications in the taxonomic status of extinct species: the case of Melanosuchus fisheri. Journal of Morphology 279(2):259-273 [doi: 10.1002/jmor.20769].
  • Latimer, A. E., and S. Giles. 2018. A giant dapediid from the Late Triassic of Switzerland and insights into neopterygian phylogeny. Royal Society Open Science 5:180497 [doi: 10.1098/rsos.180497].
  • Salas-Gismondi, R., J. W. Moreno-Bernal, T. M. Scheyer, M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, and C. Jaramillo. in press. New Miocene Caribbean gavialoids and patterns of longirostry in crocodylians. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 17:1049-1075 [doi: 10.1080/14772019.2018.1495275].
  • Scheyer, T. M., M. Delfino, N. Klein, N. Bunbury, F. Fleischer-Dogley, and D. M. Hansen. 2018. Trophic interactions between larger crocodylians and giant tortoises on Aldabra Atoll, Western Indian Ocean, during the Late Pleistocene. Royal Society Open Science 5:171800 [doi: 10.1098/rsos.171800].
  • Spiekman, S. N. F. 2018. A new specimen of Prolacerta broomi from the lower Fremouw Formation (Early Triassic) of Antarctica, its biogeographical implications and a taxonomic revision. Scientific Reports 8:17996 [doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-36499-6].

  • Veitschegger, K., C. Kolb, E. Amson, T. M. Scheyer, and M. R. Sánchez-Villagra. 2018. Palaeohistology and life history evolution in cave bears, Ursus spelaeus sensu lato. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206791 [doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206791].

  • Voeten, D. F. A. E., T. Reich, R. Araújo, and T. M. Scheyer. 2018. Synchrotron microtomography of a Nothosaurus marchicus skull informs on nothosaurian physiology and neurosensory adaptations in early Sauropterygia. PloS ONE 13(1):e0188509 [doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188509].
  • Wang, W., C. Li, and X.-C. Wu. 2018. An adult specimen of Sinocyamodus xinpuensis (Sauropterygia: Placodontia) from Guanling, Guizhou, China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society [doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zly080].

 

2017

  • Bona, P., M. V. Fernandez Blanco, T. M. Scheyer, and C. Foth. 2017. Shedding light on the taxonomic diversity of the South American Miocene caimans: the status of Melanosuchus fisheri Medina, 1976 (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea). Ameghiniana 54(6):681-687 [doi: 10.5710/AMGH.08.06.2017.3103].
  • Crofts, S. B., J. M. Neenan, T. M. Scheyer, and A. P. Summers. 2017. Tooth occlusal morphology in the durophagous marine reptiles, Placodontia (Reptilia: Sauropterygia). Paleobiology 43(1):114-128 [doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.27].
  • Jaquier, V. P., and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. Bone histology of the Middle Triassic long-necked reptiles Tanystropheus and Macrocnemus (Archosauromorpha, Protorosauria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37:e1296456 (6 pages) [doi: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1296456].
  • Jaquier, V. P., N. C. Fraser, H. Furrer, and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. Osteology of a new specimen of Macrocnemus aff. M. fuyuanensis (Archosauromorpha, Protorosauria) from the Middle Triassic of Europe: implications for species recognition and paleogeography of tanystropheid protorosaurs. Frontiers in Earth Science 5:91 [doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00091].  FRONTIERS IN EARTH SCIENCE  - EDITOR'S COICE 2017 SECTION PALAEONTOLOGY
  • Klein, N., and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. Microanatomy and life history in Palaeopleurosaurus (Rhynchocephalia: Pleurosauridae) from the Early Jurassic of Germany. The Science of Nature 104:4 [doi: 10.1007/s00114-016-1427-3].
  • Latimer, A. E., C. M. Loza, M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, and A. A. Carlini. 2017. Supplemental information for "Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals". MorphoMuseuM 3(4)-e7 [doi: 10.18563/m3.3.4.e7]
  • Loza, C. M., A. E. Latimer, M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, and A. A. Carlini. 2017. Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals. Biology Letters 13: 20170489 [doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0489].

  • Mautner, A.-K., A. E. Latimer, U. Fritz, and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. An updated description of the osteology of the pancake tortoise Malacochersus tornieri (Testudines: Testudinidae) with special focus on intraspecific variation. Journal of Morphology 278(3):321-333 [doi: 10.1002/jmor.20640].
  • Mautner, A.-K., A. E. Latimer, U. Fritz, and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. 3D data and models related to the publication: An updated description of the osteology of the pancake tortoise Malacochersus tornieri (Testudines: Testudinidae) with special focus on intraspecific variation. MorphoMuseuM 2 (2)-e4. doi: 10.18563/m3.2.2.e4.
  • Nakajima, Y., I. G. Danilov, R. Hirayama, T. Sonoda, and T. M. Scheyer. 2017. Morphological and histological evidence for the oldest known softshell turtles from Japan. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1278606 (11 pages) [doi: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1278606].
  • Romano, C., J. F. Jenks, R. Jattiot, T. M. Scheyer, K. G. Bylund, and H. Bucher. 2017. Marine Early Triassic Actinopterygii from Elko County (Nevada, USA): implications for the Smithian equatorial vertebrate eclipse. Journal of Paleontology 91(5):1025-1046 [doi: 10.1017/jpa.2017.36].
  • Romano, C., J. F. Jenks, R. Jattiot, T. M. Scheyer, K. G. Bylund, and H. Bucher. 2017. 3D model related to the publication: Marine Early Triassic Actinopterygii from Elko County (Nevada, USA): implications for the Smithian equatorial vertebrate eclipse. MorphoMuseuM 3 (3)-e1 [doi: 10.18563/m3.3.3.e1].
  • Scheyer, T. M., E. V. Syromyatnikova, and I. G. Danilov. 2017. Turtle shell bone and osteoderm histology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic stem-trionychian Adocidae and Nanhsiungchelyidae (Cryptodira: Adocusia) from Central Asia, Mongolia, and North America. Fossil Record 20:69-85 [doi:10.5194/fr-20-69-2017].
  • Scheyer, T. M., J. M. Neenan, T. Bodogan, H. Furrer, C. Obrist, and M. Plamondon. 2017. A new, exceptionally preserved juvenile specimen of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi (Diapsida) and implications for Mesozoic marine diapsid phylogeny. Scientific Reports. 7:4406 [doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04514-x].
  • Scheyer, T. M., J. M. Neenan, T. Bodogan, H. Furrer, C. Obrist, and M. Plamondon. 2017. 3D model(s) related to the publication: A new, exceptionally preserved juvenile specimen of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi (Diapsida) and implications for Mesozoic marine diapsid phylogeny. MorphoMuseuM 3 (3)-e2 [doi: 10.18563/m3.3.3.e2].
  • Spiekman, S. N. F., and Werneburg, I. 2017. Patterns in the bony skull development of marsupials: high variation in onset of ossification and conserved regions of bone contact. Scientific Reports 7, 43197.

  • Werneburg, I., Spiekman, S. N. F. 2017. Mammalian embryology and organogenesis From Gametes to Weaning In: Frank Zachos, Robert Asher (eds.). Mammalia. Series: The Handbook of Zoology / Handbuch der Zoologie. De Gruyter

 

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