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Hox code and evolution in deep time

Two new publications on chasing the Hox code by vertebral morphology through deep time.References:
Böhmer C. & Werneburg I. 2017 Deep time perspective on turtle neck evolution: chasing the Hox code by vertebral morphology. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-09133-0

Böhmer C. 2017 Correlation between Hox code and vertebral morphology in the mouse: towards a universal model for Synapsida. Zoological Letters. DOI: 10.1186/s40851-017-0069-4Böhmer u Werneburg Cover 04_mod_vScientific reports logo 01ZoolLetters Logo.

Great meeting

ICVM in Washington D.C.

ICVM 2016 logo1-300x300The congress of the International Society of Vertebrate  Morphology in Washington DC. was a highly interesting meeting.

I gave an oral presentation about Hox code in extinct archosaurs and presented a poster about form-function relationships & the evolution of arboreal locomotion. In my poster, I used augmented reality in order to visualize muscle attachment areas.

What is augmented reality? And why use it in science? [read more]


Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Dental ontogeny in Miocene rhinos

1959II5192_002 Nashorn-Zahn_vFossil evidence of complete sequences of dental ontogeny in extinct mammals is rare but contains valuable information on the animal’s physiology, life history, and individual age. Here, we analyzed an exceptionally high number of juvenile dentaries at different developmental stages including highly fragile tooth germs of the  extinct rhinoceros Prosantorhinus germanicus from the Miocene fossil lagerstätte Sandelzhausen in Germany.

Böhmer C, Heissig K, Rössner EG. 2015 Dental eruption series and replacement pattern in Miocene Prosantorhinus (Rhinocerotidae) as reveaed by macroscopy and X-ray: implications for ontogeny and mortality profile. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. DOI: 10.1007/s10914-015-9313-x.

Please feel free to [contact me] for details.

Fossil of the Month - April 2016

Mandible of Miocene rhino

Sammlung_LogoFossil des Monats April 2016 in der Bayerischen Staatssammlung für Paläontologie & Geologie in München.

Flyer: Böhmer et al. 2016 [download]

Cover story

Veterinary Sciences


Böhmer C. & Böhmer E. 2017 Veterinary Sciences. DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010005.

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from Böhmer & Böhmer. 2017. Veterinary Sciences 4 (1), 5. DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010005

Veterinary Sciences

Craniomandibular system in rabbits

In contrast to wild lagomorphs, pet rabbits exhibit a noticeably high frequency of dental problems. Although dietary habits are considered as a major factor contributing to acquired malocclusions, the exact causes and interrelationships are still under debate. In this regard, an important aspect that has not been considered thoroughly to date is the effect of diet-induced phenotypic plasticity in skull morphology. Our findings suggest that the phenotypic changes in domestic rabbits impact mastication performance and, consequently, oral health.

Böhmer C, Böhmer E. 2017 Shape variation in the craniomandibular system and prevalence of dental problems in domestic rabbits: a case study in Evolutionary Veterinary Science.
Veterinary Sciences.
DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010005.


Invited talk: Switzerland

Panzerechsen sorgen für Wirbel

Was die Wirbelsäule der Krokodile über Dinosaurier verrät.

I was invited by Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez-Villagra to give a talk to the general public about crocodiles, dinosaurs and the evolution of the vertebral column in archosaurs. Until January 2017 there is a special exhibition in the museum in Zurich “Das Krokodil im Baum” (the crocodile in the tree).

Universität Zürich UZH

German Palaeontological Society

Tilly Edinger Prize

PalGes_Logo_gelb-frei_verklThe Tilly Edinger Prize of the German Palaeontological Society has been awarded to me, acknowledging my work on Hox genes and the evolution of the vertebral column in archosaurs.

I thank all who supported me in various ways throughout the years!
Thank you very much!!

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