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Mesozoic Vertebrates Research Group

Palaeontology Munich

Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


This is the website of the Mesozoic Vertebrates Research Group at the Palaeontological Institutions in Munich. We are an active palaeontological research group, working on many different aspects of the evolution, biology and ecology of vertebrates during the "age of dinosaurs".


New research projects: Adriana has recently been awarded a DFG-grant to work on the halecomorph fishes of the locality of Brunn, the oldest locality within the complex of the Solnhofen Archipelago.

Oliver also obtained a project from the DFG to continue work on the vertebrate fauna of the Late Jurassic Cañadón Calcáreo Formation of Chubut, Argentina.


The Mesozoic was an important time in the evolutionary history of vertebrates on our planet. Many new groups appeared, radiated and dispersed over the continents and oceans at that time, including the ancestors of our modern vertebrate biodiversity. Our research is aimed to elucidate this important part of vertebrate history.


Since the research group was set up in 2005, we have published more than 100 scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, plus numerous contributions in different media for the general public.

More information

If you are interested in Mesozoic vertebrates, would like to get in contact with us, or see other sites related to the topic,

Project in focus

One focus of our current research is the Late Jurassic vertberate fauna from the Solnhofen Archipelago of Bavaria, Germany. The aim is to figure out the faunal dynamics of this lagerstätten complex: Do different formations and areas differ in vertebrate fauna, and if so, why?

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