Congrats Khalaf!

On December 4th Khalafallah Salih successfully defended his PhD on the Diversity and Systematics of the Late Cretaceous Crocodyliformes of Sudan at the Technische Universität Berlin. Congratulations Khalaf!

Elephants of Abu Dhabi

Faysal Bibi just returned from Abu Dhabi for filming part of a documentary by PBS and Smithsonian Channel on the evolution of elephants. Shooting took place at the site of Mleisa 1, which records the trackways of prehistoric elephants that walked across the Abu Dhabi landscape 7 million years ago. The site is important because … More Elephants of Abu Dhabi

A new fossil hippo from Abu Dhabi

In April 2017, our team described a new species of fossil hippopotamus from the late Miocene Baynunah Formation in the United Arab Emirates. In a study published in the journal Palaeovertebrata, scientists led by Jean-Renaud Boisserie described the species Archaeopotamus qeshta, a primitive hippo with close relatives previously described from late Miocene to early Pleistocene sites … More A new fossil hippo from Abu Dhabi


Many things happened in the last 6 months, and we have to apologize for being slow with the updates. In a nutshell: – Johannes was on a visiting professorship at Ohio University for 2 months in spring, hosted by Don Miles. It was a great time! – Afterwards, Johannes and Christy worked with Don, Barry … More Updates…

A Fossil Guenon Monkey from the United Arab Emirates

Our team has just announced the discovery of a cheek tooth of a fossil monkey from the Al Gharbia region of Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates. This research is published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The fossil monkey tooth just moments after discovery. Shuwaihat, 2nd January 2009 (photo: Brian … More A Fossil Guenon Monkey from the United Arab Emirates