Terrestrische Paläoklimatologie

Madelaine Böhme, Prof. Dr.

Curriculum Vitae:


  • Diploma in Geology (Technical University Mining Academy Freiberg)


  • PhD in Palaeontology (University Leipzig)


  • Habilitation in Geology and Palaeontology (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich)


Terrestrial ecological systems and terrestrial climate are extraordinarily dynamic and are characterized by a strong spatial and temporal heterogeneity. They were and are of crucial importance for the evolution of humans and our natural environment.

My research profile is aligned on terrestrial ecological systems and terrestrial climate using bio-indicators as proxies. On the basis of terrestrial organisms (e.g. vertebrate animals) feedback processes between climate changes and ecological systems in recent geologic history are examined. The research profile is material-based and fieldwork-oriented and covers research on osteology, taxonomy and phylogeny of all modern groups of vertebrate animals. The main focus of research is in continental biostratigraphy, geochronology, vegetation development and terrestrial paleoclimatology of the Neogene. The scientific work covers the development of new paleoclimatological proxie methods and the analysis of highly temporary resolved continental climatic archives.

The central question of past and future research is of the origin of modern ecological systems and the extrinsic mechanisms of the evolution of the Hominids, as well as the influence of human settlement and abrupt climate change on the breakdown and resilience of terrestrial ecological systems.

Information to individual projects can be found under Research.

Additionally an on-line data base is administered and operated by my working group of fossil fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds (fosFARbase). Also, with over 41.000 entries it is the largest world-wide of its kind.


Böhme M., Van Baak C.G.C., Prieto J., Winklhofer M., Spassov N. 2018: Late Miocene stratigraphy, palaeoclimate and evolution of the Sandanski Basin (Bulgaria) and the chronology of the Pikermian faunal changes. Global and Planetary Change 170: 1-19.

Fuss J., Uhlig G., Böhme M. 2018: Earliest evidence of caries lesion in hominids reveal sugar-rich diet for a Middle Miocene dryopithecine from Europe. PLOS ONE,  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203307

Böhme M., Spassov N., Ebner M., Geraads D., Hristova L, Kirscher U., Kötter S., Linnemann U, Prieto J., Roussiakis S., Theodorou G, Uhlig G., Winklhofer M. 2017: Messinian age and savannah environment of the possible hominin Graecopithecus from Europe. PLOS ONE,

Fuss J., Spassov N., Begun D, Böhme M. 2017: Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the late Miocene of Europe. PLOS ONE,

Vasilyan D., Zazhigin V.S., Böhme M., 2017: Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan. PeerJ 5:e3025, DOI 10.7717/peerj.3025

Vasilyan D., Böhme M. 2012: Pronounced Peramorphosis in
Lissamphibians—Aviturus exsecratus (Urodela, Cryptobranchidae) from the
Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum of Mongolia. - PLoS ONE 7(9): e40665

List of publications with pdfs


Vasilyan D., Böhme M., Winklhofer M. 2010. The paleoclimatic significance of Eurasian Giant Salamanders (Cryptobranchidae) – indications for elevated humidity in the Eastern Paratethys area during global warm periods (Late Oligocene warming, Miocene Climate Optimum, Early Pliocene warming). AAPG European Region Annual Conference and Exhibition. 17-19 October 2010, Kiev, Ukraine.