Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Alpine Molasse

Small Mammal Biostratigraphy and Geochronology in the Upper Freshwater Molasse of Southern Germany

The main goal of this research project is the establishment of a highly resolved Geochronology of the North Alpine Foreland Basin in Southern Germany by the combination of biostratigraphic and magnetostratigraphic methods for the period ~18 - ~10 million years ago. The results of this interdisciplinary project should clarify the existing temporal discrepancies between the geochronological scales for continental sediments of Western Europe and Central Europe and facilitate a highly resolved correlation (≤ 100 kyr) between the continental series of Central and Western Europe as well as with a global Geochronology (Global Polarity Timescale).


Böhme, M., Spassov, N., Fuss, J., Tröscher, A., Deane, A.S., Prieto, J., Kirscher, U., Lechner T., Begun, D.R. (2019): A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1731-0

Kirscher, U., Prieto, J., Bachtadse, V., Abdul Aziz, H., Doppler, G., Hagmaier, M., Böhme, M. (2016): A biochronologic tie-point for the base of the Tortonian stage in European terrestrial settings: Magnetostratigraphy of the topmost Upper Freshwater Molasse sediments of the North Alpine Foreland Basin in Bavaria (Germany). Newsletter on Stratigraphy 49(3): 445-467

Prieto, J. & Dam, J.A.van (2012): Primitive Anourosoricini and Allosoricinae from the Miocene of Germany.- Geobios, 45: 581-589

Prieto, J. (2012): The rare cricetid rodent Karydomys Theocharopoulos, 2000 in the fissure filling Petersbuch 6 (Middle Miocene, Germany).-Zitteliana, A52: 67-70.

Prieto, J. (2012): Comments on the morphologic and metric variability in the cricetid rodent Deperetomys hagni (Fahlbusch, 1964) from the Middle Miocene of South Germany.- Zitteliana, A52: 71-77.

Prieto, J. (2012): The Genus Eomyops Engesser, 1979 (Rodentia, Eomyidae) from the youngest deposits of the German part of the North Alpine Foreland Basin.- Swiss Journal of Paleontology, 131(1): 95-106.

Prieto, J. (2011): The Miocene insectivores and marsupial from Affalterbach (North Alpine Foreland Basin, Germany).- Zitteliana, A 51: 297-301.
Prieto, J. (2011): The Miocene small mammals from Münchsmünster (North Alpine Foreland Basin, Bavaria).- Zitteliana, A 51: 291-296.

Ivanov, M. & Böhme, M. (2011): Snakes from Griesbeckerzell (Langhian, Early Badenian), North Alpine Foreland Basin (Germany), with comments on the evolution of snake faunas in Central Europe during the Miocene Climatic Optimum.- Geodiversitas, 33 (3): 411-449.

Prieto, J., van den Hoek Ostende L.W. & Böhme, M. (2011): Reappearance of Galerix (Erinaceomorpha, Mammalia) at the Middle to Late Miocene transition in South Germany: biostratigraphic and palaeoecologic implications.- Contributions to Zoology, 80 (3): 179-189.

Schneider, S. & Prieto, J. (2011): First record of an autochthonous community of fluviatile freshwater molluscs from the Middle/Late Miocene Upper Freshwater Molasse (southern Germany).- Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 140 (1): 1-18.

Böhme, M., Abdul Aziz, H. Prieto, J., Bachtadse, V. & Schweigert, G.(2011): Bio-magnetostratigraphy and Environment of the oldest Eurasian Hominoid from the Early Miocene of Engelswies (Germany).- Journal of Human Evolution, 61(3): 332-339. DOI 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.04.012.

Abdul Aziz, H., Böhme, M., Rocholl, A., Prieto, J., Wijbrans, J.R., Bachtadse, V., Ulbig, A. (2010): Integrated stratigraphy and 40Ar/39Ar chronology of the early to middle Miocene Upper Freshwater Molasse in western Bavaria (Germany). - Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch) 99: 1859-1886

Prieto, J. (2010): Note on the morphologic variability of Keramidomys thaleri (Eomyidae, Mammalia) from Puttenhausen (Germany, North Alpine Foreland Basin).- Zitteliana, Reihe A 50: 103-109.

Prieto, J. (2010): The Middle Miocene mole Desmanodon crocheti sp. nov. (Talpidae, Mammalia): the last representative of the genus in the North Alpine Foreland Basin.- Paläontologische Zeitschrift 84(2): 217-225. DOI 10.1007/s12542-009-0038-0

Prieto, J. & Rummel, M. (2009): The genus Collimys Daxner-Höck, 1972 (Rodentia, Cricetidae) in the Middle Miocene fissure fillings of the Frankian Alb (Germany).– Zitteliana 48/49: 75-88.

Prieto, J. & Rummel, M. (2009): Small and medium sized Cricetidae (Mammalia, Rodentia) from the Middle Miocene fissure filling Petersbuch 68 (South Germany).– Zitteliana 48/49: 89-102.

Prieto, J. & Rummel, M. (2009):Erinaceidae (Mammalia, Erinaceomorpha) from the Middle Miocene fissure filling Petersbuch 68 (South Germany).– Zitteliana 48/49: 103-111.

Prieto, J., Böhme, M., Maurer, H., Heissig, K., Abdul-Aziz, H. (2009): Sedimentology, biostratigraphy and environments of the Untere Fluviatile Serie (Lower and Middle Miocene) in the central part of the North Alpine Foreland Basin – implications for basin evolution.- International Journal of Earth Sciences 98(7): 1767-1791. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-008-0331-2

Prieto, J. (2009): Comparison of the dormice (Gliridae, Mammalia) Seorsumuscardinus alpinus Bruijn, 1998 and Heissigia bolligeri Prieto & Böhme, 2007.- Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 252(3): 377-379.

Prieto, J. & Rummel, M. (2009): Evolution of the genus Collimys Daxner-Höck, 1972 (Rodentia, Cricetidae)- A key to Middle to Late Miocene biostratigraphy in Central Europe. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 252(2): 237-247.

Abdul-Aziz, H., Böhme, M., Rocholl, A., Zwing, A., Prieto, J., Wijbrans, J., Heissig, K. & Bachtadse, V. (2008): Integrated stratigraphy of the Early to Middle Miocene Upper Freshwater Molasse in eastern Bavaria (Germany).- International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geol Rundsch) 97: 115-134, DOI 10.1007/s00531-006-0166-7.

Prieto, J. & Böhme, M. (2007): Heissigia bolligeri gen. et sp. nov.: a new enigmatic dormouse (Gliridae, Rodentia) from the Miocene of the Northern Alpine Foreland Basin.- Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 245(3): 301 - 307