Unser Team


Dr.  Lutz Kunzmann
Sektionsleiter (Kustos)

since 2011
Editor-in-chief Palaeontographica Abteilung B – Palaeobotany

since 2016
Secretary / treasurer International Organisation of Palaeobotany

2008 – 2016
spokesperson Arbeitskreis Paläobotanik/Palynologie der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft e. V.

since 1995
Lecturer Palaeobotany, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg/Sachsen, Germany

since 1994
Curator and head of section palaeobotany, Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden

Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, dissertation thesis: Conifers from the Late Cretaceous and their relics in the European Tertiary.

Diploma Geology/Palaeontology, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg/Sachsen, Germany


Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Traiser, C., Kunzmann, L., Kvacek, J., Wypich, J., Eder. J. (2021). Taxon-specific variability of leaf traits in three long-ranging fossil-taxa of the Paleogene and Neogene: responses to climate? – Palaeontologia Electronica 24.1.04.

Hutchinson, D. K., Coxall, H. K., Lunt, D. J., Steinthorsdottir, M., DeBoer, A. M., Baatsen, M., von der Heydt, A., Huber, M., Kennedy-Asser, A. T., Kunzmann, L., Ladant, J.-P., Lear, C. H., Moraweck, K., Pearson, P. N., Piga, E., Pound, M. J., Salzmann, U., Scher, H. D., Sijp, W. P., Śliwińska, K. K., Wilson, P. A., Zhang, Z. S. (2021). The Eocene-Oligocene transition: a review of marine and terrestrial proxy data, models and model-data comparisons. – Climate of the Past 17: 269–315.


Batista, M. E. P., Kunzmann, L., Sa, A. A., Saraiva, A. A. F., Loiola, M. I. B. (2020). A new species of Brachyphyllum from the Crato Formation (Lower Cretaceous) Araripe Basin, Brazil. – Ameghiniana 57 (6): 519–533.

Toumoulin, A., Kunzmann, L., Moraweck; K., Sack, L. (2020). Reconstructing leaf area from fragments: testing three methods using a fossil Paleogene species. – American Journal of Botany, 107 (12): 1786–1797.

Haug, C. et al. … Kunzmann, L. … (2020). Comment on the letter of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) dated April 21, 2020 regarding “Fossils from conflict zones and reproducibility of fossil‑based scientific data”: the importance of private collections. – PaLZ 94: 413–429.

Noll, R., Kunzmann, L. (2020). Diversity in fossil Araucaria Juss.: new species from the Middle Jurassic Jaramillo Petrified Forests in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. – Palaeontographica B 301 (1–3): 3–75.

Seyfullah, L. J., Roberts, E. A., Schmidt, A. R., Ragazzi, E., Anderson, K. B., do Nascimento Jr., D. R., da Silva Filho, W. F., Kunzmann, L. (2020). Revealing the diversity of amber source plants from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. M – BMC Evol. Biol. 20, 107.


Löcse, F., Zorn, I., Kunzmann, L., Rößler, R. (2019). Paläobotanische Kostbarkeiten aus den Versteinerten Wäldern von Nová Paka (Tschechien) und Chemnitz (Deutschland) – Originale zu Stenzel (1889, 1906) und Rudolph (1906) in der paläobotanischen Sammlung der Geologischen Bundesanstalt in Wien. – Jb. Geol. B.-A., 159 (1–4): 289–313.

Wang, L., Kunzmann, L., Su, T., Xing, Y.-W., Zhang, S.-T., Wang, Y.-Q., Zhou, Z.-K. (2019). Evolutionary stasis and the intensification of Asian monsoon caused the disappearance of Metasequoia (Cupressaceae) in SW China. – Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 264: 64-74.

Moraweck, K., Grein, M., Konrad, W., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Traiser, C., Kunzmann, L. (2019). Leaf traits of long-ranging Paleogene species and their relationship with depositional facies, climate and atmospheric CO2 level. Palaeontographica B 298 (4-6): 93-172.

Kunzmann, L., Moraweck, K., Müller, C., Schröder, I., Wappler, T., Grein, M., Roth-Nebelsick, A. (2019). A Paleogene leaf flora (Profen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany) and its potentials for palaeoecological and palaeoclimate reconstructions. – Flora 254: 71–87.


Kunzmann, L., Uhl, D., Krüger, P. S. (2018). Whitish leaves in Eocene lignites in central Germany – a brief survey from the viewpoint of palaeobotany. – Freib.-Forsch.-H. C 554: 213-223.

Batista, M. E. P., Kunzmann, L., Bezerra, F., Andrade, de J. A. F. G., Sá, A. A., Loiola, M. I. B. (2018). A new cheirolepidiaceous conifer Pseudofrenelopsis salesii sp. nov. from the Early Cretaceous of Brazil (Romualdo Formation, Araripe Basin): Paleoecological and taphonomic significance. – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 258: 154-162

Adroit, B., Girard, V., Kunzmann, L., Terral, J.-F., Wappler, T. (2018). Plant-insect interactions patterns in three European paleoforests of the late-Neogene—early-Quaternary. – PeerJ 6:e5075;

Traiser, C., Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Kovar-Eder, J., Kunzmann, L., Moraweck, K., Lange, J., Kvaček, J., Neinhuis, C., Folie, A., De Franceschi, D., Kroh, A., Prestianni, C., Poschmann, M., Wuttke, M. (2018). MORPHYLL: A database of fossil leaves and their morphological traits. – Palaeontologia Electronica 21.1.1T: 1-17.

Müller, C., Wappler, T., Kunzmann, L. (2018). Insect herbivory patterns in the late Eocene coastal lowland riparian associations from central Germany. – Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 491: 170-184.

Ding, W.-N., Kunzmann, L., Su, T., Huang, J., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018). A new fossil species of Cryptomeria (Cupressaceae) from the Oligocene of the Lühe Basin, Yunnan, East Asia: implications for paleobiogeography and paleoecology. – Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 248: 41-51.

Linnemann, U., Su, T., Kunzmann, L., Spicer, R. A., Ding, W.-N., Spicer, T. E. V., Zieger, J., Hofmann, M., Moraweck, K., Gärtner, A., Gerdes, A., Marko, L., Zhang, S.-T., Li, S.-F., Tang, H., Huang, J., Mulch, A., Mosbrugger, V., Zhou, Z.-K. (2018). New U-Pb dates show a Palaeogene origin for the modern Asian biodiversity hot spots. – Geology, 46 (1): 3-6.


Sadowski, E.-M., Schmidt, A. R., Seyfullah1, L. J., Kunzmann, L. (2017). Conifers of the ‘Baltic amber forest’ and their palaeoecological significance. – Stapfia 106: 1-73.

Kunzmann, L., Müller, C., Moraweck, K., Bräutigam, D., Wappler, T., Nel, A. (2017). First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment. – PalZ 91 (3): 315-326.

Roth-Nebelsick, A., Grein, M., Traiser, C., Moraweck, K., Kunzmann, L., Kovar-Eder, J., Kvaček, J., Stiller, S., Neinhuis, C. (2017). Functional leaf traits and leaf economics in the Paleogene — A case study for Central Europe. – Palaeogeogr., Palaeoclimat., Palaeoecol. 472: 1-14.


Book chapters

Kunzmann, L., Coiffard, C., Westerkamp, A. P. A. de O., Batista, M. E. P., Uhl, D., Solórzano-Kraemer, M., Mendes, M., Nascimento Jr., D. R., Iannuzzi, R., Silva Filho, W. F. (2021). The Crato Flora: A 115 Million Years old window into the Cretaceous world of Brazil. – In: Iannuzzi R., Rößler R., Kunzmann L. (eds). Brazilian Paleofloras. Springer, Cham.

Martinetto E., …. Kunzmann, L., … et al. (2020). Triumph and Fall of the Wet, Warm, and Never-More-Diverse Temperate Forests (Oligocene-Pliocene). – In: Martinetto E., Tschopp E., Gastaldo R.A. (eds). Nature through Time. Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment. Springer, Cham.

Uhl, D., Kunzmann, L., et al. (2018). FRANKFURT/DRESDEN/GÖRLITZ: Palaeontological collections of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. – In: Beck L., Joger U. (eds). Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Natural History Collections. Springer, pp. 209-240.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen

Dr. habil. Martina Dolezych
Ehrenamtliche wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Christian Müller
MSc Geowiss.
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Doktorand (2019–2023)
Dr. Mengxiao Wu
DAAD-Stipendiatin (Postdoc 2022–2024)

Technische Mitarbeiter*innen