Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Philipe Havlik, Dipl. Geol., Kustos

Curriculum Vitae

2000 - 2003

2003 - 2008

2008 - 2009

2009 - 2014

since 2015


2007 honour medal of the city Eislingen/Fils

2009 Werner and Inge Grueter price for knowledge transfer

Research interests

Palaeoherpetology in the Neogene

Crocodile and turtle finds are common in Neogene sediments. Their systematic connections and palaeogeographic relations in Oligocene to Miocene localities in Eurasia and Africa are of large importance for the interpretation of former land connections and palaeotemperature estimates. The locality of Djebel Zelten (Libya; with a high-diversity of Crocodilians), as well as the Oligocene of Vietnam (with a remarkable frequency of turtle remains) is the primary focus of the research.

Biostratigraphy and Palaeogeography in the Toarcian of South Germany

The black shales of the Posidoniashale formation of Southern Germany were researched intensively over 150 years. Nevertheless, they still offer new finds, refined contour maps and biostratigraphic indications supply fertile soil for new questions: Did there exist a sea connections to the Tethys and if so, when and where; when and how did the formation of black shales end, and how the biostratigraphic conductance is to judge in particular in the bifrons zone? New interdisciplinary studies offer the basis for new models of sedimentation development, which are presented for discussion.

Mesozoic marine reptiles

Ichthyosaurs and marine crocodiles are common in Jurassic sediments of Europe. But some questions remain despite the outstanding fossil record: Where do the roots of the Ichthyosaurs lie? Which functional-morphologic meaning is to be attributed to the extreme „over bite” in Eurhinosaurus? Beyond that the abundance of available material offers the possibility of testing new methods in paleontology on the material in order to extrapolate new information about the appearance of the complete animal.


Young, M.T., Hua, S., Steel, L., Foffa, D., Brusatte, S.L., Thüring, S., Mateus, O., Ruiz-Omeñaca, J.I., Havlik, P., Lepage, Y., Andrade, M.B.de (2014): Revision of the Late Jurassic teleosaurid genus <i>Machimosaurus</i> (Crocodylomorpha, Thalattosuchia). Royal Society Open Science 1: 140222, dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.140222.

Havlik, P.E., Joyce, W.G., Böhme, M. (2014): Allaeochelys libyca, a New Carettochelyine Turtle from the Middle Miocene (Langhian) of Libya. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 55(2): 201–214.

Gross, M., Böhme, M., Havlik, P. & Aiglstorfer, M. (2014): The late Middle Miocene (Sarmatian s.str.) Fossillagerstätte Gratkorn – First decade of research, geology, stratigraphy and vertebrate fauna. - Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 94: 5-20.

Havlik, P., Aiglstorfer, M., Beckman, A., Gross, M. & Böhme, M. (2014): Taphonomical and ichnological considerations on the late Middle Miocene Gratkorn locality (Styria, Austria) with focus on large mammal taphonomy. - Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 94: 171-188.

Arp, G., Aiglstorfer, M., Havlik, P., Krause, T., Schulbert, C. & Seppelt, S (in press): New exposure of the Ludwigskanal section near Dörlbach – a key section for the Lower Jurassic in the Franconian Alb, Southern Germany. - Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften.

Havlik, P., Aiglstorfer, M., El-Atfy, H. & Uhl, D. (2013). A peculiar bone-bed from the Norian Stubensandstein (Löwenstein-Formation, Late Triassic) of southern Germany and its palaeoenvironmental interpretation. - Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, 269(3): 321-337.

Schweigert, G., Fraaije, R., Havlik, P., Nützel, A. (2013): New Early Jurassic Hermit Crabs from Germany and France. Journal of Crustacean Biology 33: 802-817.

Böhme, M., Aiglstorfer, M., Antoine, P-O., Appel, E., Havlik, P., Métais, G., Laq The Phuc, Schneider, S., Setzer, F., Tappert, R., Dang Ngoc Tran, Uhl, D., Prieto, J. (2013): Na Duong (northern Vietnam) - an exceptional window into Eocene ecosystems from Southeast Asia. - Zitteliana A 53: 120-167.

Havlik, P., Aiglstorfer, M. & Lautenschlager, S. (2008): New considerations on the old Posidonia Shale Formation – A palaeogeographic reinterpretation.– Erlanger Geologische Abhandlungen, Sonderband 6, S. 33-34.