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Veitschegger, K., Kolb, C., Amson, E., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. (2018) Longevity and life history of cave bears – a review and novel data from tooth cementum and relative emergence of permanent dentition. Historical Biology. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2018.1441293.

Carrillo, J.D., Amson E., Jaramillo C., Sánchez, R., Quiroz, L., Cuartas C., Rincón, A.F., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. (In press) The Neogene record of northern South American native ungulates. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology.

Mielke, M., Wölfer, J., Arnold, P., Van Heteren, A.H., Amson, E., & Nyakatura, J.A. (2018) Trabecular Architecture in the Sciuromorph Femoral Head: Allometry and Functional Adaptation. Zoological Letters, 4:10.

Kaya F., Bibi F., Žliobaitė I., Eronen J., Tang H., and Fortelius M. 2018. Rise and fall of the Old World savanna fauna and the origins of the African savanna biome. Nature Ecology and Evolution doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0414-1

Blondel, C., J. Rowan, G. Merceron, F. Bibi, E. Negash, W. A. Barr, and J.-R. Boisserie. 2018. Feeding ecology of Tragelaphini (Bovidae) from the Shungura Formation, Omo Valley, Ethiopia: Contribution of dental wear analyses. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 496:103-120

Blanco F, Gómez Cano AR, Cantalapiedra JL, Domingo MS, Domingo L, Menéndez I, Flynn LJ, Hernández Fernández M (2018) Differential responses of Miocene rodent metacommunities to global climatic changes were mediated by environmental context. Scientific Reports 8:1-12.  doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20900-5)

Bibi F., Pante M., Souron A., Stewart K. M., Varela S., Werdelin L., Boisserie J.-R., Fortelius M., Hlusko L. J., Njau J. K. & De La Torre I. 2018. Paleoecology of the Serengeti during the Oldowan-Acheulean transition at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: the mammal and fish evidence. Journal of Human Evolution 120:48-75

Rivals, F., K. T. Uno, F. Bibi, M. C. Pante, J. Njau, and I. de la Torre. 2018. Dietary traits of the ungulates from the HWK EE site at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania): Diachronic changes and seasonality. Journal of Human Evolution

Uno, K. T., F. Rivals, F. Bibi, M. Pante, J. Njau, and I. de la Torre. 2018. Large mammal diets and paleoecology across the Oldowan–Acheulean transition at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania from stable isotope and tooth wear analyses. Journal of Human Evolution 120:76-91.


Čerňanský, A., A. Bolet, J. Müller, J.-C. Rage, M. Augé, and A. Herrel. 2017. A new exceptionally preserved specimen of Dracaenosaurus (Squamata, Lacertidae) from the Oligocene of France as revealed by micro-computed tomography. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1384738.

Kirchhof, S.R. S. HetemH. M. LeaseD. B. MilesD. MitchellJ. MüllerM.-O. RödelB. SinervoT. Wassenaar, and I. W. Murray2017Thermoregulatory behavior and high thermal preference buffer impact of climate change in a Namib Desert lizardEcosphere 8(12):e02033. 10.1002/ecs2.2033

Joos J, Kirchner M, Vamberger M, Kaviani M, Rahimibashar MR, Fritz U, Müller J. 2017. Climate and patterns of body size variation in the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122: 351-365.

Kirchhof, S., Penner, J., Rödel, M.O. and Müller, J., 2017. Resolution of the types, diagnostic features, and distribution of two easily confused Sand Lizards, Pedioplanis laticeps (Smith, 1845) and P. burchelli (Duméril & Bibron, 1839) (Squamata: Lacertidae). Zootaxa, 4318(1), pp.82-109.

Rozzi, R., Lomolino, M.V., 2017. Extremely Rapid Evolution of Body Size in an Insular Mammal. Scientific Reports 7: 8820.

Menéndez, I., Cano, A.R.G., Yelo, B.A.G., Domingo, L., Domingo, M.S., Cantalapiedra, J.L., Blanco, F. and Fernández, M.H., 2017. Body-size structure of Central Iberian mammal fauna reveals semidesertic conditions during the middle Miocene Global Cooling Event. PloS One, 12(10), p.e0186762.

Rozzi, R., 2017. A new extinct dwarfed buffalo from Sulawesi and the evolution of the subgenus Anoa: an interdisciplinary perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews 157: 188-205.

B Mennecart, D DeMiguel, F Bibi, GE Rössner, G Métais, JM Neenan, Shiqi Wang, Georg Schulz, Bert Müller, Loïc Costeur. Bony labyrinth morphology clarifies the origin and evolution of deer. Scientific Reports 7 (1), 13176

Bibi, F., J. Rowan, and K. Reed. 2017. Late Pliocene Bovidae from Ledi-Geraru (Lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia) and their implications for Afar paleoecology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1337639

Cantalapiedra JL, Prado JL, Hernández Fernández M, Alberdi MT (2017) Decoupled ecomorphological evolution and diversification in Neogene-Quaternary horsesScience 355(6325):627–630.

Hipsley CA, Müller J (2017) Developmental dynamics of ecomorphological convergence in a transcontinental lizard radiation. Evolution doi:10.1111/evo.13186.

Boisserie, J.-R., Schuster, M. Beech, M., Hill, A., and F. Bibi. A new species of hippopotamine (Cetartiodactyla, Hippopotamidae) from the late Miocene Baynunah Formation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesA new species of hippopotamine (Cetartiodactyla, Hippopotamidae) from the late Miocene Baynunah Formation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Palaeovertebrata doi: 10.18563/pv.41.1.e2

Domingo SM, Martín-Perea D, Domingo L, Cantero E, Cantalapiedra JL, García Yelo BA, Gómez Cano AR, Alcalde G, Fesharaki O, Hernández Fernández M (2017) Taphonomy of mammalian fossil bones from the debris-flow deposits of Somosaguas-North (Middle Miocene, Madrid Basin, Spain)Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol 465: 103-121. (doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.10.023)

Pimiento, C, Griffin, J, Clements, C, Silvestro, D, Varela, S, Uhen, M and Jaramillo, C (2017) The Pliocene marine megafauna extinction and its impact on functional diversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0223-6

Dellicour, S, Kastally, C, Varela, S, Michez, D, Rasmont, P, Mardulyn, P, Lecocq, T (2017) Ecological niche modelling and coalescent simulations to explore the recent demographic history of five widespread bumblebee species in Europe. Journal of Biogeography, 44 (1), 39–50.

Torres-Romero, EJ, Varela, S, Fisher, JT, Olalla-Tárraga, MA (2017) The relationship between mammal faunas and climatic instability since the Last Glacial Maximum: A Nearctic vs. Western Palearctic comparison. Acta Oecologica, 82, 10-15.

Romero-Alvarez, D, Escobar, LE, Varela, S, Larkin, DJ, Phelps, NBD (2017) Forecasting distributions of an aquatic invasive species (Nitellopsis obtusa) under future climate scenarios. PLOS ONE 12(7): e0180930.

Sánchez D, Abellán, P, Aragón, P, Varela, S, Cabeza, M (2017) Matches and mismatches between conservation investments and biodiversity values in the European Union. Conservation biology.


Sobral G, Reisz R, Neenan JM, Müller J, Scheyer TM (2016) Basal Reptilians, Marine Diapsids and Turtles: The Flowering of Reptile Diversity. Chapter 8. In: Evolution of the Vertebrate Ear. (Eds: Clack J et al). Springer, Berlin.

Sobral G, Müller J (2016) Archosaurs and their Kin: The Ruling Reptiles. Chapter 10. In: Evolution of the Vertebrate Ear. (Eds: Clack J et al). Springer, Berlin.

Reisz RR, Haridy Y, Müller J (2016) Euconcordia nom. nov., a replacement name for the captorhinid eureptile Concordia Müller and Reisz, 2005 (non Kingsley, 1880), with new data on its dentition. Vertebrate Anatomy Morphology Palaeontology 3: 1-6.

Liebrecht T, Fortuny J, Galobart A, Müller, J, Sander M (2016) A large multiple tooth-rowed captorhinid reptile (Amniota: Eureptilia) from the Upper Permian of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1251936. 

Head, JJ, Mahlow K, Müller J (2016) Fossil calibration dates for molecular phylogenetic analysis of snakes 2: Caenophidia, Colubroidea, Elapoidea, Colubridae. Palaeontologica Electronica 19.2.2FC: 1-21

Rödel MO, Dittrich C, Kirchhof S, Penner J (2016) Amphibien und Reptilien im Klimawandel: eine differenzierte Sicht der Gefahren und Anpassungen. pp. 139-144, in: Lozán, J.L., S.-W. Breckle, R. Müller & E. Rachor (eds.). Warnsignal Klima: Die Biodiversität.; doi:10.2312/ warnsignal.klima.die-biodiversität.23.

Müller J, Hipsley CA, Maisano JA (2016) Skull osteology of the Eocene amphisbaenian Spathorhynchus fossorium (Reptilia, Squamata) suggests convergent evolution and reversals of fossorial adaptations in worm lizards. Journal of Anatomy: doi:10.1111/joa.12513

Sobral G, Sookias RB, Bhullar BAS, Smith R, Butler RJ, Müller J (2016) New information on the braincase and inner ear of Euparkeria capensis Broom: implications for diapsid and archosaur evolution. Royal Society Open Science: DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160072

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Gignac, P. M., Kley, N. J., Clarke, J. A., Colbert, M. W., Morhardt, A. C., Cerio, D., Cost, I. N., Cox, P. G., Daza, J. D., Early, C. M., Echols, M. S., Henkelman, R. M., Herdina, A. N., Holliday, C. M., Li, Z., Mahlow, K., Merchant, S., Müller, J., Orsbon, C. P., Paluh, D. J., Thies, M. L., Tsai, H. P. and Witmer, L. M. (2016), Diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography (diceCT): an emerging tool for rapid, high-resolution, 3-D imaging of metazoan soft tissues. Journal of Anatomy, 228: 889–909. doi: 10.1111/joa.12449

Hipsley, C. A., Rentinck, M.-N., Rödel, M.-O. and Müller, J. (2016) Ontogenetic allometry constrains cranial shape of the head-first burrowing worm lizard Cynisca leucura (Squamata: Amphisbaenidae). Journal of Morphology. doi: 10.1002/jmor.20564

Klein, N., Bussert, R., Evans, D., Salih, K., Eisawi, A. A. M., Nafi, M., and Müller, J.(2016) Turtle remains from the Wadi Milk Formation (Late Cretaceous) of Northern Sudan. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 96: 281-303.

Čerňanský A, Klembara J, Müller J (2016) The new rare record of the late Oligocene lizards and amphisbaenians from Germany and its impact on our knowledge of the European terminal Palaeogene. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments

Schott RK, Müller J, Yang CGY, Bhattacharyya N, Chan N, Xu M, Morrow JM, Ghenua AH, Loew ER, Tropepe V, Chang BSW (2016) Evolutionary transformation of rod photoreceptors in the all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Katoh, S., Y. Beyene, T. Itaya, H. Hyodo, M. Hyodo, K. Yagi, C. Gouzu, G. WoldeGabriel, W. K. Hart, S. H. Ambrose, H. Nakaya, R. L. Bernor, J.-R. Boisserie, F. Bibi, H. Saegusa, T. Sasaki, K. Sano, B. Asfaw, and G. Suwa. (2016) New geological and palaeontological age constraint for the gorilla–human lineage split. Nature 530:215-218.

Salih, KAO, Evans DC, Bussert R, Klein N, Nafi M, Müller J (2016) First record of Hyposaurus (Dyrosauridae, Crocodyliformes) from the Upper Cretaceous Shendi Formation of Sudan. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Huang, M., Kong, X.,Varela, S., Duan, R.(2016) The Niche Limitation Method (NicheLim), a new algorithm for generating virtual species to study biogeography. Ecological Modelling 320, 197-202.

Kaya, F., N. Kaymakçi, F. Bibi, J. T. Eronen, C. Pehlevan, A. C. Erkman, C. G. Langereis, and M. Fortelius. (2016) Magnetostratigraphy and paleoecology of the hominid-bearing locality Corakyerler, Tuğlu Formation (Çankiri Basin, Central Anatolia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology:e1071710.

Amr, Z. S., E. N. Handal, F. Bibi, M. H. Najajrah & M. B. Qumsiyeh. 2016. Change in diet of the Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) suggests decline in biodiversity in Wadi Al Makhrour, Bethlehem Governorate, Palestinian Territories. Slovak Raptor Journal, 10: 75–79. DOI: 10.1515/srj-2016-0002

Bibi, F. and G. Métais. 2016. Evolutionary history of the large herbivores of South and South East Asia (Indomalayan Realm), in Ahrestani, F. S. and Sankaran, M. (eds.), The Ecology of Large Herbivores in South and Southeast Asia. Springer.

C Pimiento, BJ MacFadden, CF Clements, S Varela, C Jaramillo, J Velez‐Juarbe, B R Silliman (2016) Geographical distribution patterns of Carcharocles megalodon over time reveal clues about extinction mechanisms. Journal of Biogeography

S Dellicour, C Kastally, S Varela, D Michez, P Rasmont, P Mardulyn, T Lecocq (2016) Ecological niche modelling and coalescent simulations to explore the recent geographical range history of five widespread bumblebee species in Europe. Journal of Biogeography

JFM Rodrigues, MTP Coelho, S. Varela, JAF Diniz‐Filho (2016) Invasion risk of the pond slider turtle is underestimated when niche expansion occurs. Freshwater Biology 61 (7), 1119-1127

A Nemésio, DP Silva, JC Nabout, S Varela (2016) Effects of climate change and habitat loss on a forest‐dependent bee species in a tropical fragmented landscape. Insect Conservation and Diversity

Duan, XQ Kong, MY Huang, S Varela, X Ji (2016) The potential effects of climate change on amphibian distribution, range fragmentation and turnover in China. PeerJ PrePrints


Bibi F, Kiessling, W (2015) Continuous evolutionary change in Plio-Pleistocene mammals of eastern Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112: 10623–10628.

Denzer W, Manthey U, Mahlow K, Böhme W. (2015) The systematic status of Gonocephalus robinsonii Boulenger, 1908 (Squamata: Agamidae: Draconinae). Zootaxa 4039 (1): 129–144.

Brocklehurst N., Ruta M., Müller J., Fröbisch J. (2015)  Elevated Extinction Rates as a Trigger for Diversification Rate Shifts: Early Amniotes as a Case Study. Nature Scientific Reports 5:17104 | DOI: 10.1038/srep17104

Varela, S. (2015) Cómo crear paquetes de R: “R packages. Organize, test, document, and share your code”, de Hadley Wickham. Ecosistemas 24(3): 103. Doi.: 10.7818/ECOS.2015.24-3.14

Suwa, G., Y. Beyene, H. Nakaya, R. L. Bernor, J.-R. Boisserie, F. Bibi, S. H. Ambrose, K. Sano, S. Katoh, and B. Asfaw (2015) Newly discovered cercopithecid, equid and other mammalian fossils from the Chorora Formation, Ethiopia. Anthropological Science 123:201-201.

Varela, S., Terribile, L. C., Oliveira, G., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F., González-Hernández, J., Lima-Ribeiro, M.S. (2015) ecoClimate: un nuevo repositorio open-access con variables climáticas para el pasado, presente y futuro. Ecosistemas 24(3): 88-92. Doi.: 10.7818/ECOS.2015.24-3.11

Sánchez IM, Cantalapiedra JL, Ríos M, Quiralte V, Morales J (2015) Systematics and Evolution of the Miocene Three-Horned Palaeomerycid Ruminants (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla). PLoS ONE 10(12). (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143034).

Cantalapiedra JL, Hernández Fernández M, Azanza B, Morales J (2015) Congruent phylogenetic and fossil signatures of ruminant diversification dynamics driven by Tertiary climate change. Evolution 69(11):2941-2953. (doi:10.1111/evo.12787).

Morales J, Cantalapiedra JL, Valenciano A, Hontecillas D, Fraile S, García Yelo BA, Montoya P, Abella J (2015) The fossil record of the Neogene Carnivora from Spain. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 95(3):373-386. (doi:10.1007/s12549-015-0206-z).

Hernández Fernández M, Cantalapiedra JL, Gómez Cano AR (2015) Plio-Pleistocene climatic change had a major impact in the assembly and disassembly processes of Iberian rodent communities. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 95(3):387-404. (doi:10.1007/s12549-015-0196-x).

Bickelmann, C., Morrow, J. M., Du, J., Schott, R. K., van Hazel, I., Lim, S., Müller, J. and Chang, B. S. W. (2015) The molecular origin and evolution of dim-light vision in mammals. Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.12794

Sobral, G., Sues, H.-D., Müller, J. (2015). Anatomy of the Enigmatic Reptile Elachistosuchus huenei Janensch, 1949 (Reptilia: Diapsida) from the Upper Triassic of Germany and Its Relevance for the Origin of Sauria. PLoS ONE 10 (9): e0135114. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135114.

Čerňanský, A., Klembara, J., Smith, K.. Fossil lizard from central Europe resolves the origin of large body size and herbivory in giant Canary Island lacertids. The Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. In press.

Lima-Ribeiro, M.S., Varela, S., González-Hernández, J., de Oliveira, G., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F., Terribile, L.C. (2015) ecoClimate: a database of climate data from multiple models for past, present, and future for Macroecologists and Biogeographers. Biodiversity Informatics 10, 1-21

Aragón, P., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Abellán, P.,Varela, S. (2015) Effects of temporal bias on the assessment of an ecological perturbation: a case study of the Prestige oil spill. Environmental Research Letters 10 (2015) 094006

Varela S, Lima-Ribeiro MS, Terribile LC (2015) A Short Guide to the Climatic Variables of the Last Glacial Maximum for Biogeographers. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129037

Silva DP, Varela S, Nemésio A, De Marco P Jr (2015) Adding Biotic Interactions into Paleodistribution Models: A Host-Cleptoparasite Complex of Neotropical Orchid Bees. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129890. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129890

Vrba, E. S., F. Bibi, A. G. Costa. 2015. First Asian record of a late Pleistocene reduncine (Artiodactyla, Bovidae, Reduncini), Sivacobus sankaliai, sp. nov., from Gopnath (Miliolite Formation) Gujarat, India, and a revision of the Asian genus Sivacobus Pilgrim, 1939. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.943399

Miralles A., Hipsley C.A., Erens J., Gehara M., Rakotoarison A., Glaw F., Müller J., Vences M. (2015): Distinct Patterns of Desynchronized Limb Regression in Malagasy Scincine Lizards (Squamata, Scincidae).  PLoS ONE 10(6): e0126074. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126074

Hampe O., Franke H., Hipsley C.A., Kardjilov N., Müller J. (2015): Prenatal cranial ossification of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). – Journal of Morphology 276: 564-582.

Rakotoarison, A., Crottini A., Müller J., Rödel M.-O., Glaw F., Vences M. (2015): Revision and phylogeny of narrow-mouthed treefrogs (Cophyla) from northern Madagascar: integration of molecular, osteological, and bioacoustic data reveals three new species. – Zootaxa 3937: 61-89.

DiMaggio, E. N., C. J. Campisano, J. Rowan, G. Dupont-Nivet, A. L. Deino, F. Bibi, M. E. Lewis, A. Souron, L. Werdelin, and K. E. Reed. 2015. Late Pliocene fossiliferous sedimentary record and the environmental context of early Homo from Afar, Ethiopia. Science,10.1126/science.aaa1415.

Suwa, G., Y. Beyene, H. Nakaya, R. L. Bernor, J.-R. Boisserie, F. Bibi, S. H. Ambrose, K. Sano, S. Katoh, B. Asfaw. 2015. Newly discovered cercopithecid, equid and other mammalian fossils from the Chorora Formation, Ethiopia. Anthropological Science.

Varela, S., Lima-Ribeiro, M.S., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F., Storch, D. (2015) Differential effects of climate change and human impact on Late Quaternary extinctions of European large mammals. Global Change Biology, 21 (4):1475-1481

Varela, S., J. González-Hernández, L. Fabris Sgarbi, C. Marshall, M. D. Uhen, S. Peters, M. McClennen (2015). paleobioDB: an R-package for downloading, visualizing and processing data from the Paleobiology Database. Ecography, 38 (4): 41-425

Nafi M, El Amein M, El Dawi K, Salih K, Elbahi O, Abou A (2015). Wadi Halfa Oolitic Ironstone Formation, Wadi Halfa and Argein Areas, North Sudan. – International Journal of Environmental, Chemical, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering 9: 881-886.


C. C. Gilbert, F. Bibi, A. Hill, and M. J. Beech. 2014. Early guenon from the late Miocene Baynunah Formation, Abu Dhabi, with implications for cercopithecoid biogeography and evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323888111

Hipsley C. A., Miles, D. B. & Müller, J. (2014): Morphological disparity opposes latitudinal diversity gradient in lacertid lizards. – Biology Letters 10 no. 5 20140101.

M. F. Barej, A. Schmitz, R. Günther, S. P. Loader, K. Mahlow & M.-O. Rödel: The first endemic West African vertebrate family – a new anuran family highlighting the uniqueness of the Upper Guinean biodiversity hotspot. –  Frontiers in Zoology, 11, S. 8, 2014 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-11-8

Hipsley, C. A., & Müller, J. 2014. Beyond fossil calibrations: realities of molecular clock practices in evolutionary biology. – Front. Genet. 5:138. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00138

Hipsley, C. A., & Müller, J. 2014. Relict Endemism of Extant Rhineuridae (Amphisbaenia): Testing for Phylogenetic Niche Conservatism in the Fossil Record. – Anatomical Record 297: 473-481.


Bibi, F., A. Hill, M. Beech and W. Yasin (2013). Late Miocene fossils from the Baynunah Formation, United Arab Emirates: Summary of a decade of new work. Fossil Mammals of Asia: Neogene Biostratigraphy and Chronology. X. Wang, L. J. Flynn and M. Fortelius. New York, Columbia Univ. Press: 583-594.

Bibi, F. (2013). A multi-calibrated mitochondrial phylogeny of extant Bovidae (Artiodactyla, Ruminantia) and the importance of the fossil record to systematics. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 166.

Tsuji, L. A., Sobral, G., Müller, J. 2013. Ruhuhuaria reiszi, a new procolophonoid reptile from the Triassic Ruhuhu Basin of Tanzania. – Comptes Rendus Palevol. 12: 487–494

Klages, J., Glaw F., Köhler J., Müller J., Hipsley C.A. & Vences M. (2013): Molecular, morphological and osteological differentiation of a new species of microhylid frog of the genus Stumpffia from northwestern Madagascar. – Zootaxa 3717: 280-300. 

Jones M.E.H., Anderson C.L., Hipsley C.A., Müller J., Evans S., & Schoch R. ( 2013): Integration of molecules and  new fossils supports a Triassic origin for Lepidosauria (lizards, snakes, and  tuatara). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 208 .

Carabajal A.P., Sterli J., Müller J. & Hilger, A. (2013) Neuroanatomy of the Marine Jurassic Turtle Plesiochelys etalloni (Testudinata, Plesiochelyidae). – PLoS ONE 8(7): e69264. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069264

Witzmann, F., Rothschild, B. M., Hampe, O., Sobral, G., Gubin Y. M., &  Asbach, P. (2013): Congenital Malformations of the Vertebral Column in Ancient Amphibians. – Anat. Histol. Embryol., doi: 10.1111/ahe.12050

Mahlow, K., Tillack, F., Schmidtler, J.-F. & Müller J. (2013): An annotated checklist, description and key to the dwarf snakes of the Genus Eirenis JAN, 1863 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae), with special emphasis on the dentition. – Vertebrate Zoology 63: 41-85.

Engleder, A., Haring, E., Kirchhof, S. & Mayer, W. (2013):  Multiple nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences provide new insights into the phylogeny of South African Lacertids (Lacertidae, Eremiadinae). – Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research doi: 10.1111/jzs.12012

Düring, D.N., Ziegler, A., Thompson, C.K., Ziegler, A., Faber, C., Müller, J., Scharff, C. & Elemans, C.P.H. (2013): The songbird syrinx morphome: a three-dimensional, high-resolution, interactive morphological map of the zebra finch vocal organ. – BMC Biology 2013, 11:1 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-1 


Sobral, G., Hipsley, C. A. & Müller, J. (2012): Braincase redescription of Dysalotosaurus lettowvorbecki (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) based on computed tomography. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32: 1090-1102.

Bickelmann, C., Morrow, J. M., Müller, J. & Chang, B. S. W. (2012): Functional characterization of the rod visual pigment of the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), a basal mammal. – Visual Neuroscience 29: 211–217.

Kirchhof, S., Jacobsen N. & Richter (2012): Intraspecific variation of morphology, colouration, pholidosis and tail loss rate in a relic lacertid of South Africa, Australolacerta rupicola (FITZSIMONS, 1933) (Sauria: Lacertidae). – Salamandra 48: 125-132.

Schulte, U., Kirchhof, S. & Wagner, N. (2012): Populationsgröße, Abundanzen und Habitatnutzung einer Schlingnatter-Population (Coronella austriaca) bei Trier. – Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie 19: 185–200.

Miralles, A., Anjeriniaina, M., Hipsley, C. A., Müller, J., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2012): Variations on a bauplan: a new Malagasy “mermaid skink” with flipper-like forelimbs only (Scincidae: Sirenoscincus Sakata & Hikida, 2003). – Zoosystema 34: 701-719.

Parham, J. F., Donoghue, P. C. J., Bell, C. J., Calway, T. D., Head, J. J, Holroyd, P. A., Inoue, J. G., Irmis, R. B., Joyce, W. G., Ksepka, D. T., Patané, J. S. L., Smith, N. D., Tarver, J. E., van Tuinen, M., Yang, Z., Angielczyk, K. D., Greenwood, J., Hipsley, C. A. , Jacobs, L., Makovicky, P. J., Müller, J. , Smith, K. T., Theodor, J. M., Warnock, R. C. & Benton, M. J. (2012): Best practices for justifying fossil calibrations. – Systematic Biology 61: 346–359.

Danto, M., Witzmann, F. & Müller, J. (2012): Redescription and phylogeny of Solenodonsaurus janenschi from the Upper Carboniferous of Nýrany, Czech Republic. – Fossil Record 15: 45-59.

Clack, J. A., Witzmann, F., Müller, J. & Snyder, D. (2012): A colosteid-like early tetrapod from the St Louis Limestone (Early Carboniferous, Meramecian), St Louis, Missouri, USA. – Fieldiana Life and Earth Sciences 5: 17-39.

Simpson, C. & Müller, J. (2012): Species selection in the molecular age. – In: Asher, R. J. & Müller, J. (Eds.) From Clone to Bone: the Synergy of Morphological and Molecular Tools in Paleobiology. Cambridge University Press, pp. 116-134.

Asher, R. J. & Müller, J. (2012): Molecular tools in paleobiology: divergence and mechanisms. – In: Asher, R. J. & Müller, J. (Eds.) From Clone to Bone: the Synergy of Morphological and Molecular Tools in Paleobiology. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-15.

Asher, R. J. & Müller, J. (Eds.) 2012: From Clone to Bone: the Synergy of Morphological and Molecular Tools in Paleobiology. Cambridge University Press, 387 pp.

Chang, B. S. W., Du, J., Weadick, C. J., Müller, J., Bickelmann, C., Yu, D. & Morrow, J. J. (2012): The Future of Codon Models in Studies of Molecular Function: Ancestral Reconstruction, and Clade Models of Functional Divergence – In: Gina M. Cannarozzi & A. Schneider (Eds.): “Codon Evolution – Mechanisms and Models”; Oxford University Press: 145-163.

Tsuji, L. A., Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2012): Anatomy of Emeroleter levis and the phylogeny of the nycteroleter parareptiles. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32: 45-67.

Maxwell, E. (2012): New Metrics To Differentiate Species of Stenopterygius (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) from the Lower Jurassic of Southwestern Germany. – Journal of Paleontology 86: 105-115.

Maxwell, E. (2012): Unraveling the Influences of Soft-Tissue Flipper Development on Skeletal Variation Using an Extinct Taxon. – Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 00B: 1–10.

Maxwell, E., Fernández, M. S. & Schoch, R. R. (2012): First Diagnostic Marine Reptile Remains from the Aalenian (Middle Jurassic): A New Ichthyosaur from Southwestern Germany. – PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0041692.


Simpson, C., Kiessling, W., Mewis, H., Baron-Szabo, R. C. & Müller, J. (2011): Evolutionary diversification of reef corals: a comparison of the molecular and fossil records. – Evolution 65: 3274–3284.

Ruta, M., Cisneros, J. C., Liebrecht, T., Tsuji, L. A. Müller, J. (2011): Amniotes through major biological crises: faunal turnover among parareptiles and the end-Permian mass extinction. – Palaeontology 54: 1117-1137.

Müller, J. , Sterli, J. & Anquetin, J. (2011): Carotid circulation in amniotes and its implications for turtle relationships. – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 261: DOI: 10.1127/0077-7749/2011/0157

Müller, J., Hipsley, C. A., Head, J. J., Kardjilov, N., Hilger, A., Wuttke, M. & Reisz, R. R. (2011): Eocene lizard from Germany reveals amphisbaenian origins. – Nature 473 (7347): 364–367. doi:10.1038/nature09919

Reisz, R. R., Liu, J., Li, J.-L. & Müller, J. (2011): A new captorhinid reptile, Gansurhinus qingtoushanensis , gen. et sp. nov., from the Permian of China. – Naturwissenschaften 98 (5): 435–441. doi:10.1007/s00114-011-0793-0

Fröbisch, J., Schoch, R. R., Müller, J. , Schindler, T. & Schweiss, D. (2011): A new basal sphenacodontid synapsid from the Late Carboniferous of the Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany. – Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 56 (1): 113–120. doi:10.4202/app.2010.0039

Müller, J. & Bickelmann, C. (2011): Von Genen und Fossilien – paläobiologische Forschung aus dem Molekularlabor. – DFG-Magazin „forschung“ 2011(4): 22-25.

Secondi, J., Bordas, P., Hipsley, C. & Bensch, S. (2011): Bilateral song convergences in a passerine hybrid zone: genetics contribute in one species only. – Evolutionary Biology 38: 444-452.


Müller J. , Scheyer T.M., Head J.J., Barrett P.M., Werneburg I., Ericson P.G.P., Pol D. & Sánchez-Villagra M.R. (2010): Homeotic effects, somitogenesis and the evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:2118-2123.

Schoch, R. R., Nesbitt, S., Müller, J. , Lucas, S. G., Boy, J. A. (2010): The reptile assemblage from the Moenkopi Formation (Middle Triassic) of New Mexico. – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 255: 345-369.

Tsuji, L. A., Müller, J., Reisz, R. R. (2010): Microleter mckinzieorum gen. et sp. nov. from the Lower Permian of Oklahoma: the basalmost parareptile from Laurasia. – Systematic Palaeontology 8: 245-255.

Witzmann, F., Scholz, H., Müller, J. , Kardjilov, N. (2010): Sculpture and vascularization of dermal bones, and the implications for the physiology of basal tetrapods – Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 160: 302–340.

Sterli, J., Müller, J. , Anquetin, J., Hilger, A. (2010): The parabasisphenoid complex in Mesozoic turtles and the evolution of the testudinate basicranium. – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47: 1337-1346.

Kiessling, W., Nützel, A., Korn, D., Kröger, B., Müller, J. (2010): German Paleontology in the Early 21st Century. – Palaeontologia Electronica 13: 2E.

Müller, J. (2010): Auf Saurierjagd in der Karoo – Die paläontologischen Expeditionen nach Südafrika in den Jahren 1929 und 1932. – In: Klasse, Ordnung, Art – 200 Jahre Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Damaschun, F., Hackethal, S., Landsberg, H., Leinfelder, R., Eds.): 206-207. Basilisken-Presse, Berlin.

Nesbitt, S. J., Sidor, C. A., Irmis, R. B., Angielczyk, K. D., Smith, R. M. H., Tsuji, L. A. (2010): Ecologically distinct dinosaurian sister group shows early diversification of Ornithodira. – Nature 464: 95-98.

Sidor, C. A., Angielczyk, K. D., Weide, M. D., Smith, R. M. H., Nesbitt, S. J., Tsuji, Linda A. (2010): Tetrapod fauna of the lowermost Usili Formation (Songea Group, Ruhuhu Basin) of southern Tanzania, with a new burnetiid record. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30: 696-703.

Hampe, O., Schwarz-Wings, D., Bickelmann, C. , Klein, N. (2010): Fore limb bones of late Pleistocene dwarf hippopotamuses (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla) from Madagascar previously determined as belonging to the crocodylid Voay Brochu, 2007. – Fossil Record 13: 303-307.

Friedman, M., Brazeau, M. D. (2010): A reappraisal of the origin and basal radiation of the Osteichthyes. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30:36-56.


Tsuji, L. A. Müller, J. (2009): Assembling the history of the Parareptilia: phylogeny, diversification, and a new definition of the clade. – Fossil Record 12: 71-81.

Cisneros, J. C., & Tsuji, L. A. (2009): Nycteroleter affinities of a Permian parareptile from the South African Karoo Basin. – Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 54: 165-169.

Bickelmann, C. & Klein, N. (2009): The Late Pleistocene horned crocodile Voay robustus (Grandidier & Vaillant, 1872) from Madagascar in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. – Fossil Record 12: 13 – 21.

Werneburg I., Hugi, J., Müller, J. & Sanchez-Villagra M.R. (2009): Embryogenesis and ossification of Emydura subglobosa (Testudines, Pleurodira, Chelidae) and patterns of turtle development. – Developmental Dynamics 238:2770-2786.

Bickelmann, C., Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2009): The enigmatic diapsid Acerosodontosaurus piveteaui (Reptilia: Neodiapsida) from the Upper Permian of Madagascar and the paraphyly of ‘‘younginiform” reptiles. – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 46: 651-666.

Hipsley, C.A., Himmelmann L., Metzler D. & Müller, J. (2009): Integration of Bayesian molecular clock methods and fossil-based soft bounds reveals early Cenozoic colonization of African lacertid lizards. – BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:151. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-9-151.

Lancaster L.T., Hipsley, C.A. & Sinervo B.R. (2009): Female choice for optimal combinations of multiple male display traits improves offspring survival. – Behavioral Ecology 20:993-999.


Tsuji, L. A. & Müller, J. (2008): A re-evaluation of Parasaurus geinitzi , the first named pareiasaur (Amniota, Parareptilia). – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 45: 1111-1121.

Müller, J. (2008): The imaginary lab. – Zoosystematics & Evolution 84:313-315.

Müller, J., Li, J.-L. & Reisz, R. R. (2008): A new bolosaurid parareptile, Belebey chengi sp. nov., from the Middle Permian of China and its paleogeographic significance. – Naturwissenschaften:

Bickelmann, C. & Sander, P. M. (2008): A partial skeleton and isolated humeri of Nothosaurus (Reptilia: Eosauropterygia) from Winterswijk, The Netherlands. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28: 326-338.


Brooks, D. R., J. Bileweitch, C. Condy, D. E. Evans, K. E. Folinsbee, J. Fröbisch, D. Halas, S. Hill, M. Mattern, L. A. Tsuji , J. Ward, N. Wahlberg, D. Zamparo, & D. Zanatta. (2007): Quantitative Phylogenetic Analysis in the 21st Century. – Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 78: 225-252.

Müller, J. & Tsuji, L. A. (2007): Impedance-matching hearing in Paleozoic reptiles: evidence of advanced sensory perception at an early stage of amniote evolution. PLoS ONE 2(9): e889. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000889.

Reisz, R. R., Müller, J. , Tsuji, L. A. , & Scott, D. (2007): The cranial osteology of Belebey vegrandis(Parareptilia: Bolosauridae) from the Middle Permian of Russia, and its bearing on reptilian evolution. – Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 151: 191-214.

Folinsbee, K. E., Müller, J . , & Reisz, R. R. (2007): Canine grooves: morphology, function, and relevance to venom. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27: 547-551.

Chang, B. S. W., Matz, M. V., Field, S. F., Müller, J. , & van Hazel, I. (2007): Dealing with model uncertainty in reconstructing ancestral proteins in the laboratory: Examples from ancestral visual pigments and GFP-like proteins. – in: D. Liberles (Ed.): Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction. Oxford University Press, p. 164-180.

Müller, J. (2007): First record of a thalattosaur from the Upper Triassic of Austria. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27: 236-240.

Modesto, S. P., Scott, D. M., Berman, D. S, Müller, J. , & Reisz, R. R. (2007): The skull and the palaeoecological significance of Labidosaurus hamatus , a captorhinid reptile from the Lower Permian of Texas – Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 149: 237-262.

Folinsbee, K. E., Evans D.C., Fröbisch, J., Tsuji, L. A. , & Brooks, D. R. (2007). Qualitative approaches to phylogenetics. – In: W. Henke, H. Rothe and I. Tattersall (eds). Handbook of Paleoanthropology Vol. 1: Principles, Methods, and Approaches. New York : Springer-Verlag, pp. 167-215.


Tsuji, L. A. (2006).  Cranial anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of the Permian Parareptile Macroleter poezicus .  – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(4): 849-865.

Reisz, R. R., & Tsuji, L. A. (2006).  An articulated skeleton of Varanops with bite marks: the oldest known evidence of scavenging among terrestrial vertebrates. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(4): 1021-1023.

Van Hazel, I. , Santini, F., Müller, J., & Chang, B. S.W. (2006): Shortwavelength sensitive opsin (SWS1) as a new marker for vertebrate phylogenetics – BMC Evolutionary Biology 6: 97.

Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2006): Constraining calibrations properly: reply to Hedges, Kumar, and van Tuinen. – BioEssays 28: 772-773, Cambridge .

Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2006): The phylogeny of early eureptiles: comparing parsimony and Bayesian approaches in the investigation of a basal fossil clade. – Systematic Biology 55: 503-511, Philadelphia .

Müller, J., Berman, D. S, Henrici, A. C., Sumida, S. S., & Martens, T. (2006): The basal eureptile Thuringothyris mahlendorffae from the Lower Permian of Germany. – Journal of Paleontology 80: 726-739, Lawrence .

Kuch, U., Müller, J., Mödden, C., Mebs, D. (2006): Snake fangs from the Lower Miocene of Germany: evolutionary stability of perfect weapons. – Naturwissenschaften 93: 84-87, Heidelberg .

Paleozoic – 2005:

Rieppel O., Müller, J., & J. Liu (2005): Rostral structure in Thalattosauria (Reptilia, Diapsida). – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 42: 2081-2086, Ottawa .

Müller, J. & Reisz, R. R. (2005): An early captorhinid reptile (Amniota, Eureptilia) from the Upper Carboniferous of Hamilton, Kansas. – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25: 561-568, Lawrence .

Müller, J. (2005): The anatomy of Askeptosaurus italicus from the Middle Triassic of Monte San Giorgio, and the interrelationships of thalattosaurs (Reptilia, Diapsida). – Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 42: 1347-1367, Ottawa .

Müller, J., & Reisz, R. R. (2005): Four well-constrained calibration points from the vertebrate fossil record for molecular clock estimates. – BioEssays 27: 1069-1075, Cambridge .

Müller, J., Renesto. S., & Evans, S. E. (2005): The marine diapsid reptile Endennasaurus (Reptilia: Thalattosauriformes) from the Late Triassic of Italy. – Palaeontology 48: 15-30, Oxford .

Reisz, R. R. & Müller, J. (2004): The comparative method for evaluating fossil calibration dates: a reply to Hedges and Kumar. – Trends in Genetics 20(12): 596-597, Oxford .

Müller, J. (2004): The relationships among diapsid reptiles and the influence of taxon selection. – in: Arratia, G., Cloutier, R., & Wilson, V. H. (eds.): Recent Advances in the Origin and Early Radiation of Vertebrates: 379-408, München (Dr. Friedrich Pfeil).

Müller, J. (2004): Cranial Osteology of Dracaenosaurus croizeti , a lacertid lizard from the Oligocene of France (Reptilia, Squamata). – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 232: 101-114, Stuttgart .

Reisz, R. R. & Müller, J. (2004): The fossil record and molecular timescales: a paleontological perspective. – Trends in Genetics 20(5): 237-241, Oxford .

Müller, J. (2003): Early Loss and Multiple Return of the Lower Temporal Arcade in Diapsid Reptiles. – Naturwissenschaften, 90: 473-476, Heidelberg .

Müller, J. (2002): Eolacerta from the Eocene of Prémontré , France (Reptilia, Squamata). – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatshefte 2002: 490-500, Stuttgart .

Müller, J. (2002): Skull Osteology of Parvilacerta parva , a small-sized lacertid lizard from Asia Minor . – Journal of Morphology 253(1): 43-50, New York .

Müller, J. (2001): Ursprung und Verwandtschaft der Lacertiden – ein Blick auf den derzeitigen Kenntnisstand. – Die Eidechse 12(3): 71-79, Bonn.

Müller, J. (2001): A new fossil species of Euleptes from the early Miocene of Montaigu , France (Reptilia, Gekkonidae). – Amphibia-Reptilia 22(3): 341-348, Leiden .

Müller, J. & Mödden, C. (2001): A Fossil Leaf-Toed Gecko from the Oppenheim/Nierstein Quarry (Lower Miocene , Germany ). – Journal of Herpetology 35(3): 529-532, St. Louis .

Müller, J. (2001): Osteology and relationships of Eolacerta robusta , a lizard from the middle Eocene of Germany (Reptilia, Squamata). – Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3): 261-278, Lawrence .

Rossmann, T., Müller, J., & Forst, M. (2000): First evidence of an alligatorid from Africa and its implications for crocodilian palaeobiogeography. – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Monatshefte 2000(12): 651-668, Stuttgart .

Müller, J. (2000): Zur Schädelosteologie von Lacerta laevis . – Die Eidechse 10(3): 69-77, Bonn.

Bischoff, W., & Müller, J. (1999): Revision des levantinischen Lacerta laevis/kulzeri -Komplexes: 2. Die Petra-Eidechse Lacerta kulzeri petraea ssp. n. – Salamandra 35(4): 243-254, Rheinbach.

Müller, J. (1998): Untermiozäne Kieferfragmente von Schlangen (Reptilia: Serpentes: Erycinae) aus der französischen Lokalität Poncenat. – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Monatshefte 1998(2): 119-128, Stuttgart.

Müller, J. (1998): Zur besseren Kenntnis von Nucras boulengeri (Neumann, 1900), einer wenig bekannten Eidechse aus Ostafrika. – Die Eidechse 8(3): 88-96, Bonn.

Müller, J. (1996): Eine neue Art der Echten Eidechsen (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Lacertidae) aus dem Unteren Miozän von Poncenat, Frankreich. – Mainzer Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen 25: 79-88, Mainz.

Müller, J. (1996): Angaben über einige Amphibien- und Reptilienfunde in Jordanien. – Sauria 18(3): 3-10, Berlin.

Müller, J. (1995): Fund von Testudo graeca ibera auf der Insel Samos (Ostägäis, Griechenland). – Salamandra 31(4): 243-244, Rheinbach.

Müller, J. (1995): Eidechsenbeobachtungen in Jordanien. – Die Eidechse, 14: 17-19, Bonn.

Müller, J. & Bischoff, W. (1994): Bemerkungen zu den Eidechsen von Petra/Jordanien. – Die Eidechse 13: 10-19, Bonn.

Müller, J. (1994): Einige Beobachtungen bei der Nachzucht der häufig gehaltenen Rotwangenschmuckschildkröte Trachemys scripta elegans (Wied 1839). – Elaphe (n.F.) 2(2): 28-32, Rheinbach.

Müller, J. (1994): Zur besseren Kenntnis des Gestreiften Erdleguans Liolaemus lemniscatus Gravenhorst, 1830. – Sauria 16(1): 35-38, Berlin.

Müller, J. (1992): Zur unterschiedlichen Biotopwahl von Podarcis hispanica (Steindachner, 1870) undPsammodromus algirus (Linnaeus, 1758). – Die Eidechse 6: 11-12, Bonn.

Müller, J. (1991): Erfahrungen mit dem Zwergkrallenfrosch, Hymenochirus boettgeri . – Deutsche Aquarien- und Terrarien-Zeitschrift 44(8): 497-499, Stuttgart/Leipzig.