PD Dr. Torsten Scheyer

General research interests

  • Evolutionary morphology and palaeobiology of vertebrates
  • Development of soft and hard tissues of vertebrates (focus "integument")
  • Microanatomy and microstructural analysis of bone
  • Interaction of functional, phylogenetic, and structural aspects in vertebrates
  • (Palaeo-)Ecology of fossil and extant vertebrates
  • Evolution and development in armor-bearing vertebrate groups (e.g. thyreophoran dinosaurs, turtles, crocodiles, placodont reptiles)

Link to lab homepage


Link to palaeohistology section on developmental-palaeontology homepage


Field work

Schesaplana 2008 Link

Venezuela 2011 Link

Current projects

  • Bone histology of Mesozoic marine reptiles
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  • Bone microanatomy and microstructure of extinct reptiles (incl. archosauromorphs, lepidosauromorphs and turtles)
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  • Fossils from Aldabra Atoll
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  • Thalattosauriform reptiles in Triassic marine ecosystems: digital cranial retrodeformation, 3D reconstruction & functional anatomy
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Academic associates

Post-doctoral fellows

Earlier post-doctoral fellows

  • Dr. Christian Kolb
  • Dr. James Neenan WWW

PhD students

Earlier PhD students

  • Dr. Ashley Latimer
  • BSc Wenbin Lin
  • Dr. James Neenan WWW
  • Dr. Stephan Spiekman
  • MSc Wei Wang

MSc students

Earlier MSc students

  • BSc Iris Ehrbar
  • MSc Melanie Vanessa Geier
  • MSc Vivien Jaquier
  • MSc Yohan Pochat
  • MSc Olivier Strauss
  • MSc Marta Susana Torres Ladeira