Press releases

New light on Patagonian long-necked dinosaur

28. July 2021 | Press Releases | Pressemitteilungen

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Paleontologists of the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (SNSB-BSPG) examined the remains of the long-necked dinosaur Patagosaurus fariasi (175 million years) from Argentina as part of a new description. These investigations have great significance for the understanding of sauropod evolution. The researchers published their results in the […]

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Early dinosaur breathed like a bird

20. May 2021 | Press Releases | Pressemitteilungen

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Pelecanimimus polyodon from the Lower Cretaceous (125 Ma) is the first predatory dinosaur found in Spain. An international team of paleontologists now discovered features on the fossil that are typical of dinosaurs closely related to birds, as well as birds. The researchers published their findings in the prestigious […]

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SNSB receive idw Prize for Science Communication

7. May 2021 | Press Releases

The Science Information Service (idw) has awarded the press office of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) the idw Prize for Science Communication. The SNSB took 3rd place for their press release on the rediscovery of the Voeltzkow chameleon in Madagascar on October 30, 2020. The prize is endowed with 500 €. Due to the […]

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Meet the Nano-Chameleon, a new contender for the title of ‘World’s Smallest Reptile’

28. January 2021 | Press Releases | Pressemitteilungen

Bavarian State Collection of Zoology An international team, led by the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM-SNSB), has discovered a minuscule new species of chameleon. The sole known, apparently adult male of the new species has a body size of just 13.5 mm, making it the smallest known male of the roughly 11,500 known non-avian […]

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Green glowing gecko under UV-light – discovery of a new mechanism for fluorescence in a terrestrial vertebrate

11. January 2021 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Researchers at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (SNSB-ZSM), the Ludwig-Maximilians University and Hochschule München have discovered that the web-footed gecko Pachydactylus rangei from Namibia fluoresces neon-green under UV light in a stripe along its flank and around its eye. These markings, best visible from the perspective of a gecko, […]

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Some like it hot: Global warming triggered the evolution of giant dinosaurs

18. November 2020 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology An international team of paleontologists, including SNSB researcher Oliver Rauhut, finds evidence of rapid climate change 180 million years ago as the cause of the spread of the widely known long-necked dinosaurs (Sauropods). The researchers published their results in the prestigious scientific journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society […]

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Endangered botanic predators: globally, one fourth of carnivorous plants are threatened

24. September 2020 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Botany An international research team including botanist Andreas Fleischmann from SNSB-BSM has evaluated the Red List threat categories for all 860 known species of carnivorous plants in the light of the 21st Century – the Anthropocene, i.e. the geological time impacted by human ecological influences like habitat destruction, pollution and global […]

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Four new species of chameleons from Madagascar – revision of the „nosed-chameleons“

5. February 2020 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Madagascar is home to almost half of all known 217 chameleon species. However, their habitats are also threatened to a dramatic level and the vast majority of the primary rainforest has already been destroyed. Scientists from Germany and Madagascar have now discovered three new species and revalidated another species. The […]

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New light on cichlid evolution in Africa

15. July 2019 | Press Releases

GeoBio-Center at LMU and Bavarian State Collection for Zoology A collaborative research project carried out under the auspices of the GeoBio-Center at LMU has developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids, and identified the oldest known member of the Tribe Oreochromini. Cichlids (Cichlidae) are a group of small to medium-sized fish that […]

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European Commission Recognition of CETAF Code of Conduct and Best Practice on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

24. May 2019 | Press Releases

DNFS and CETAF We are proud to announce that the CETAF Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit Sharing has just been officially recognised as the first best practice on ABS by the European Commission. The CETAF Code of Conduct (CoC) was submitted officially for recognition as best practice to the EU under Article 8 […]

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