Fossil of Summer 2019

The ammonite Pachydiscus (P.) neubergicus (von Hauer) is the biostratigraphic index fossil for the base of the Maastrichtian stage (ca. 72 Ma). The shown specimen from the palaeozoological collection of the MMG is one of the few records from Germany. It has been found in the Kronsmoor section near Itzehoe (Schleswig-Holstein) and was used in an integrierted study to calibrate the Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary interval (s. Wilmsen et al., 2019, Newsletters on Stratigraphy 52/2).


The first and the second part of the revision of the Cretaceous fauna of Saxony already have been published. Part 3 will follow …

NIEBUHR B. & WILMSEN M. (2014, Eds.): Kreide-Fossilien in Sachsen, Teil 1. – Geologica Saxonica 60(1): 1–254; Dresden.



NIEBUHR B. & WILMSEN M. (2016, Eds.): Kreide-Fossilien in Sachsen, Teil 2. – Geologica Saxonica 62: 1–245; Dresden.

All articles are available in open access here.

New publications 2019

Niebuhr, B. (2019): From animal to plant kingdom: the alleged sponge Siphonia bovista Geinitz from the Cretaceous of Saxony (Germany) in fact represents internal moulds of the cone-like plant fossil Dammarites albens Presl in Sternberg. – Bulletin of Geosciences, 94: 221-234; Prag.

Smith, K.T., Schwermann, A.H. & Wilmsen, M. (2019): The oldest articulated mosasaurian remains (earliest Turonian) from Germany. – Geologie und Paläontologie in Westfalen, 91: 3–23; Münster.

Wilmsen, M. & Aly, M.F. (2019): Late Campanian nautiloids from Deir Abu Said, north-western Jordan. – Cretaceous Research, 102: 81–88; Amsterdam.

Lehmann, J., Mosavinia, A. & Wilmsen, M. (2019): Parahoplitid ammonites and narrowing down the Aptian/Albian boundary interval in northern Iran. – Cretaceous Reseach, 94: 207–228; Amsterdam.

Linnert, C., Engelke, J., Wilmsen, M. & Mutterlose, J. (2019): Environmental footprints of the early Maastrichtian cooling – the record of benthic foraminifera from northern Germany. – Cretaceous Research, 97: 143–159; Amsterdam.

Wilmsen, M., Dölling, B., Hiss, M. & Niebuhr, B. (2019): The lower Upper Cretaceous of the south-eastern Münsterland Cretaceous Basin, Germany: facies, integrated stratigraphy and inter-basinal correlation. – Facies, 65: 13 (29pp.); Erlangen.

Wilmsen, M., Engelke, J., Linnert, C., Mutterlose, J. & Niebuhr, B. (2019): A Boreal reference section revisited (Kronsmoor, northern Germany): high-resolution stratigraphic calibration of the Campanian–Maastrichtian boundary interval (Upper Cretaceous). – Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 52: 155–172; Stuttgart.

Wilmsen, M., Niebuhr, B., Fengler, M., Püttmann, T. & Berensmeier, M. (2019): The Late Cretaceous transgression in the Saxonian Cretaceous Basin (Germany): old story, new data and novel findings. – Bulletin of Geosciences, 94: 71–100; Prague.