Fieldwork and research visits
'THE CROCODILE IN A TREE'
The exhibition 'Krokodil im Baum'/'Crocodile in a tree' was an outreach activity of our group aiming at transmitting the notion of evolutionary trees to understand biodiversity and its origin, using crocodylians as main subject. Prof. Marcelo Sánchez used crocodylians as previous research results published by Scheyer et al. (2013) as the scientific basis for an AGORA grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The realization of the exhibit was coordinated by Life Science Zurich.
Following the closure of the special exhibit in the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, a virtual tour though the exhibit was made to digitally preserve the exhibit as a source of information for scholars and the public. A German and an English version of the virtual tour are available on the PIMUZ website. Image credits: Jorge Gonzalez
Marine vertebrate apex predators during the Griesbachian to Smithian interval (left) and the Spathian to Anisian interval (right). From Scheyer et al., 2014 (PloS ONE)
Image credits: Beat Scheffold
Life reconstruction of Palaeopython helveticus sp. nov. and other faunal elements of the Dielsdorf palaeoenvironment during the late middle–late Eocene. From Georgalis and Scheyer, 2019 (Swiss J Geosci). Image credits: Jaime Chirinos
Life reconstruction of the giant freshwater turtle Stupenendemys geographicus from the Miocene of the northern Neotropics. From Cadena et al. 2020 (Sci Adv).
[Most popular media release from UZH in 2020]. Image credits: Jaime Chirinos
3D Reconstruction of Colobops noviportensis from the Triassic. In our study we re-interpreted the tiny skull as a rhynochcephalian (Lepidosauria), not a rhynchosaurian archosauromorph. From Scheyer et al. 2020 (R Soc Open Sci)
Life reconstruction of the Pebas Formation faunal assemblage during the middle Miocene. From Carrillo-Briceño et al., 2021 (Swiss J Palaeontol). Image credits: Jaime Chirinos
Dr. Henning Richter and the team at DIRU, UZH, enabled X-raying the holotype of Prosantosaurus scheffoldi (photo: Vetsuisse-Fakultät, UZH / Michelle Aimée Oesch). The scanning of the fossil revealed that it held its lower arms crossed underneath the body, similar to the crossed arms on the famous sarcophagus of Pharao Tutanchamun; quite an unusual posture for pachypleurosaurs. The description of the new species was published in Klein et al., 2022 (Swiss J Palaeontol)
Dr. Lin Wenbin, PKU Beijing (main supervisor Prof. Jiang Da-yong; three month visiting student at PIMUZ in 2017)
Dr. Wang Wei, MSc (student at IVPP, Beijing, main supervisor Prof. Li Chun; 1 year visiting student at PIMUZ in 2017-2018)
Prof. Dr. Liu Jun (four month visiting at PIMUZ in 2019)
Feiko Miedema, BSc (part-time; MSc student Univ. Utrecht - six months project in 2018-2019)
PhD-committees of the PI
Co-supervision of former MSc theses
Co-supervision of former BSc theses