Dr. Márton Rabi

Post-doctoral researcher

Room S505A
Sigwartstr. 10
72076 Tübingen

 +49 (0)7071 / 29-78930

Fields of interest

Macroevolution of Mesozoic and Cenozoic turtles and crocodyliforms (systematics, morphological evolution, diversity, biogeography and paleobiology).

Current projects

  • Systematics and phylogeny of Mesozoic and Early Tertiary stem-cryptodires (Xinjiangchelyidae, „Sinemydidae/Macrobaenidae”) from Asia and North America (in collaboration with Walter G. Joyce)
  • A new global phylogeny of the primary clades of turtles (in collaboration with Walter G. Joyce and Juliana Sterli)
  • Systematics and paleobiogeography of European Late Cretaceous turtles and crocodyliforms

Curriculum Vitae


PhD (Department of Geosciences)


PhD studies, University of Tübingen (Department of Geosciences, supervised by

Prof. Walter G. Joyce and Prof. Hervé Brocherens)


PhD studies at the Eötvös Loránd University of Hungary (Department of Paleontology, supervised by

Prof András Galácz)


Diploma (MSc) in Geology, Eötvös Loránd University of Hungary, Budapest


Rabi, M., Bastl, K., Botfalvai, G., Evanics, Z., Peigné, S. In press. A new carnivoran fauna from the late Oligocene of Hungary. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments.

Szabó, M., Botfalvai, G., Kocsis, L., Carnevale, G., Rabi, M. In press. 2017. Upper Oligocene marine fishes from nearshore deposits of the Central Paratethys (Máriahalom, Hungary). Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments.

Vlachos, E., Rabi, M. In press. Total evidence analysis and body size evolution of extant and extinct tortoises (Testudines: Cryptodira: Pan-Testudinidae). Cladistics.

Brinkman, D.B.*, Rabi, M.*, Lijun, Z. 2017. Lower Cretaceous fossils from China shed light on the ancestral body plan of crown softshell turtles (Trionychidae, Cryptodira). Scientific Reports 7, 6719.

Foth, C., Rabi, M., & Joyce, W. G. 2017. Skull shape variation in extant and extinct Testudinata and its relation to habitat and feeding ecology. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm). 98(3), 310-325.

Joyce, W. G*., Rabi, M.*, Clark, J. M., & Xu, X. 2016. A toothed turtle from the Late Jurassic of China and the global biogeographic history of turtles. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16(1), 236.

Young, M. T., Rabi, M., Bell, M. A., Foffa, D., Steel, L., Sachs, S., & Peyer, K. (2016). Big-headed marine crocodyliforms and why we must be cautious when using extant species as body length proxies for long-extinct relatives. Palaeontologia Electronica, 19(3), 1-14.

Sachs, S., Scheer, U., & Rabi, M. 2016. Reste von protostegiden Meeresschildkröten aus dem Cenomanium (Oberkreide) des Kassenberges (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Westdeutschland). Berichte Naturwiss. Verein für Bielefeld und Umgegend 54 S.32-43.

Foth, C., Rabi, M., & Joyce, W. G. In press. Skull shape variation in extant and extinct Testudinata and its relation to habitat and feeding ecology. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm).

Zhou, C.-F. & Rabi, M.* 2015. A sinemydid turtle from the Jehol Biota provides insights into the basal divergence of crown-turtles. Scientific Reports 5, 16299.

Ősi, A. Rabi, M. & Makádi, L. 2015. An enigmatic crocodyliform tooth from the bauxites of western Hungary suggests hidden mesoeucrocodylian diversity in the Early Cretaceous European archipelago. PeerJ 3:e1160.

Ősi, A., Bodor, E., Makádi, L., Rabi, M. 2016. Vertebrate remains from the Upper Cretaceous (Santonian) Ajka Coal Formation, western Hungary. Cretaceous Research. 57: 228-238.

Brinkman, D.B., Michael Densmore, Rabi, M., Ryan, M.J., & Evans, D.C. 2015. Marine turtles from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 52: 581–589.

Rabi, M. & Sebők, N. 2015. A revised Eurogondwana model: Notosuchian crocodyliforms and other vertebrate taxa suggest the retention of episodic faunal links during the most of the Cretaceous. Gondwana Research. 28: 1197–1211.

Dyke, G., Vremir, M., Brusatte, S. L., Bever, G. S., Buffetaut, E., Chapman, S., Csiki-Sava, Z., Kellner, A., Martin E., Naish, D., Norell, M., Ősi, A. Pinheiro, F. L., Prondvai, E., Rabi, M. Rodrigues, T., Steel, L., Tong, H., Vila Nova, B. C., Witton, M. 2015. Thalassodromeus sebesensis - a new name for an old turtle. Comment on “Thalassodromeus sebesensis, an out of place and out of time Gondwanan tapejarid pterosaur”, Grellet-Tinner and Codrea. Gondwana Research, 27: 1680-1682.

Martin, J.E, Rabi, M., Csiki, Z. & Vasile, S. 2014. Cranial morphology of Theriosuchus sympiestodon (Mesoeucrocodylia, Atoposauridae) and the widespread occurrence of Theriosuchus in the Late Cretaceous of Europe. Journal of Paleontology, 88(3): 444–456.

Zhou, C.-F., Rabi, M.* & Joyce, W.G. 2014. A new specimen of Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China and the phylogeny of Cretaceous basal eucryptodiran turtles. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14 (77): 1–16

Rabi, M. Sukhanov, V.B., Egorova, V., Danilov, I. & Joyce, W.G. 2014. Osteology, relationships, and ecology Of Annemys(Testudines: Eucryptodira) from the Late Jurassic of Shar Teg, Mongolia and a phylogenetic definition Of Xinjiangchelyidae, Sinemydidae, and Macrobaenidae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 34 (2): 327–352.

Rabi, M., Zhou, C.-F., Wings, O., Sun, G., Joyce, W.G. 2013. A New Xinjiangchelyid turtle from the Middle Jurassic of Xinjiang, China and the evolution of the basipterygoid process in Mesozoic turtles. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 13 (203): 1–28.

Delfino, M., Scheyer, T. M., Chesi, F., Fletcher, T., Gemel, R., Rabi, M. & Salisbury, S. W. 2013. Gross morphology and microstructure of type locality ossicles of Psephophorus polygonus Meyer, 1847 (Testudines, Dermochelyidae). Geological Magazine 150 (5): 767–782.

Ősi, A., Rabi, M., Makádi, L., Szentesi, Z., Botfalvai, G. & Gulyás, P. 2012. The Late Cretaceous continental vertebrate fauna from Iharkút (Western Hungary, Central Europe): a review, pp. 533–570 In “Tribute to Charles Darwin and the Bernissart Iguanodons: new perspectives of vertebrate evolution and Early Cretaceous ecosystems” (ed. Pascal Godfroit), Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Rabi, M., Vremir, M. & Tong, H. 2012. Preliminary overview of Late Cretaceous turtle diversity in eastern Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, and Romania), pp. 307–336 In “Morphology and Evolution of Turtles: Origin and Early Diversification” (eds: D. B. Brinkman, P. A. Holroyd, and J. D. Gardner), Springer, Dordrecht.

Rabi, M., Tong, H. & Botfalvai, G. 2012. A new species of the side-necked turtle Foxemys (Pelomedusoides: Bothremydidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Hungary and the historical biogeography of the Bothremydini. Geological Magazine 149: 662–674.

Wings, O., Rabi, M., Schneider, J. W., Schwermann L., Sun G., Zhou, C.-F., & Joyce, W.G. 2012. An enormous Jurassic turtle bone bed from the Turpan basin of Xinjiang, China. Naturwissenschaften 99: 925–935.

Ősi, A., Palfy, J. Makadi, L. Szentesi, Z. Gulyas, P., Rabi, M., Botfalvai, G. & Hips, K. 2011. Hettangian (Early Jurassic) dinosaur tracksites from the Mecsek Mountains, Hungary. Ichnos 18:79–94.

Martin, J.E., Rabi, M., & Csiki, Z. 2010. Survival of Theriosuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia: Atoposauridae) in a Late Cretaceous archipelago: a new species from the Maastrichtian of Romania. Naturwissenschaften 97: 845–854.

Rabi, M., Joyce, W.G., & Wings, O. 2010. A review of the mesozoic turtles of the Junggar Basin (Xinjiang, Northwest China) and the paleobiogeography of Jurassic to Early Cretaceous Asian testudinates. Paleobiodiversity and paleoenvironments 90: 259–273.

Rabi, M., & Botfalvai G. 2008. A preliminary report on the Late Oligocene vertebrate fauna from Máriahalom, Hungary. Hantkeniana 6: 177–185.