Dr. Mario Schädel

Function: Biostatistician

 Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

 Room 516,  Hauptgebäude, 2. OG

 +49 (0)7071 29-72416

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Mario Schädel currently holds a biostatistician position in the Palaeoanthropology lab. He is responsible for the strategic planning and the maintainance of the IT infrastructure and imaging equipment, but is also involved in the analysis of morphological data. Mario is a palaeontologist by training, with his main focus of interest being the study of fossil arthropods. His technical interests are the adoption of cutting-edge imaging and visualisation techniques (high magnification macrophotography, multi light imaging, digital rendering techniques, etc.). Mario is a strong proponent of free and open source software and an avid Linux desktop user.


Academic Trajectory


Strategic administration of the Imaging Lab and the IT infrastructure, data analysis, teaching, 3D printing, Palaeoanthroplogy, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment

IT-Technician + Independent research

Strategic administration of the IT infrastructure, Animal Evolutionnary Ecology, University of Tübingen

Receipt of doctoral certificate

Title of dissertation: “The link between true larvae and parasitic forms within Isopoda – insights from the fossil record”, magna cum laude

Doctoral studies of Biology

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Joachim T. Haug, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

M.Sc. Geoecology

Title of master thesis: “The Middle Miocene arthropod taphocoenosis from Schaßbach (Carinthia, Austria) – systematics and paleoecology” supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Betz, University of Tübingen

B.Sc. Biology

Title of bachelor thesis: “First Record of Anisoptera (Insecta: Odonata) from
mid-Cretaceous Burmese Amber”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Betz, University of Tübingen

Studies of Geoscience

University of Tübingen

Selected Publications

For a complete list of references please visit my website

Schädel, M. & Schubert, R. (2024). Flatbed scanners as versatile tools for studying surface details of compression fossils. Palaeontologia Electronica 27(2):a27 HTML PDF

Schädel, M., Nagler, C. & Hyžný, M. (2023). Fossil Relatives of Extant Parasitic Crustaceans from the Mesozoic of Europe. Boletín de La Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 75(2), 1-57. HTML PDF

Schädel, M., Yavorskaya, M. I., Beutel R. G. (2022). The earliest beetle †Coleopsis archaica (Insecta: Coleoptera) – morphological re-evaluation using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and phylogenetic assessment. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, 495-510. HTML PDF

Schädel, M., Hörnig, M. K., Hyžný, M., & Haug, J. T. (2021). Mass occurrence of small isopodan crustaceans in 100-million-year-old amber: an extraordinary view on behaviour of extinct organisms. PalZ, 1-17. HTML PDF

Schädel, M., Hyžný, M. & Haug, J. T. (2021). Ontogenetic development captured in amber - the first record of aquatic representatives of Isopoda in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar. Nauplius 29, e2021003. HTML PDF

Schädel, M., Perrichot, V. & Haug, J. T. (2019). Exceptionally preserved cryptoniscium larvae - morphological details of rare isopod crustaceans from French Cretaceous Vendean amber. Palaeontologia Electronica, 22.3.71, 1-45. HTML PDF