Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Tertiary Mammals
In the Section Tertiary Mammals paleontologists and paleoanthropologists investigate the evolution of mammals and their functional adaptations to the environment with a focus on the evolutionary development of hominins from their earliest ape-like ancestors more than 10 million years ago until today.

The research is attributed to the Senckenberg field of activity Biodiversity and Earth System-Dynamics  and Biodiversity and Systematics.

Interdisciplinary field projects together with international partners to search for fossil hominin remains, including the attributed fauna and flora are conducted in ancestral river and lake deposits in Europe and Africa. Fossil bone and teeth are digitized with computerized image-processing systems in order to analyze the evolutionary status of the fossils in the section’ 3D-laboratory. The development and application of virtual measuring methods facilitates to study the relation between complex morphology, diversity and function of skeletal structures, environment and climate.

Fundamental research in tooth function and transfer of expert knowledge about the evolution and natural construction of mammalian teeth leads to applications in modern dentistry, dental prosthetics and technology.


100+25 years of Homo erectus: Dmanisi and beyond
Tbilisi 20-24 September 2016
Georgian National Museum
3 Purtseladze Street
0105 Tbilisi
David Lordkipanidze, Angela Bruch, Friedemann Schrenk, Ottmar Kullmer


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