Our team led by Bibi has just returned from a month’s fieldwork in the Pleistocene deposits of the middle Atbara River in eastern Sudan. This was the second season there and the first of a 3 year project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Lots of cool fossils found! Besides the Museum für Naturkunde, … More Fieldwork in Sudan – 2019
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!
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
In January 2018, Faysal Bibi led an international team in a paleontological survey of the middle Atbara River and Setit River Valleys in eastern Sudan. Previous work had documented the presence of middle to late Pleistocene sites in the region and our team discovered many more new localities and a diverse fauna. This work was … More New Pleistocene fieldwork in Sudan
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
Faysal was featured in New York University Abu Dhabi speaking on his longterm field project in the Baynunah Formation.
The year is almost over, and there have been quite a few changes. First and foremost, Gabi successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations, Dr. Sobral! Also, Sebastian won the 2nd place in the student competition at the annual meeting of the Herpetological Association of Africa. Congrats also here! Finally, Christy will be leaving the lab to … More Congrats Gabi, Sebastian, Christy
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…
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
Johannes spent much of January in sunny Sudan for paleo field work. Here’s a pic of the crew.