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 | Pressemitteilungen

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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First Birds: Archaeopteryx gets company

14. May 2019 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Researchers at the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) and LMU Munich describe a hitherto unknown bird from the late Jurassic period. It is the second bird capable of flight, after the famous Archaeopteryx, to be identified from this era. Archaeopteryx’s throne is tottering. Since the discovery […]

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New giant stick insects with brightly coloured males discovered

4. April 2019 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Scientists of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (SNSB-ZSM) and the University of Göttingen have discovered two new species of giant stick insects, which measure more than 20 centimeters body length and are among the largest insects in Madagascar. Unlike most other stick insects the adult males of these phasmids […]

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Five tiny new frogs discovered in Madagascar

28. March 2019 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology An international team of scientists has named five new species of tiny frogs found across the island of Madagascar. The largest of them could sit happily on your thumbnail. The smallest is just longer than a grain of rice. The study was published in the open access mega-journal PLoS ONE. […]

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DNA library of apoid wasps published

14. January 2019 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Another great success for the Bavarian State Collection for Zoology: 661 species of digger wasps, closely related to the bees, were genetically investigated through DNA barcoding. Together with colleagues from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Canada, ZSM scientists have published the results of an international project to create a genetic […]

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New insights into the diet of the extinct cave bears

17. December 2018 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology During the Late Pleistocene period (between 125,000 to 12,000 years ago) two bear species roamed Europe: brown bears (Ursus arctos) and extinct cave bears (Ursus spelaeus s.l.). It is generally assumed that fossil brown bears had a similar diet to extant brown bears, but the situation is not as clear […]

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Extinct vegetarian cave bear diet mystery examined

26. July 2018 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology During the Late Pleistocene period (between 125,000 to 12,000 years ago) two bear species roamed Europe: omnivorous brown bears (Ursus arctos) and the extinct mostly vegetarian cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). Until now, very little is known about the dietary evolution of the cave bear and how it became a vegetarian, […]

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All the colours of the rainbow

10. April 2018 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Madagascar is a chameleon paradise. More than 40% of the 206 known species are found exclusively on the island. A team of researchers based in Munich, Germany and Madagascar have now discovered three new species, among them a beautifully coloured rainbow chameleon, and a species with a large hole in […]

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The eleventh Archaeopteryx

26. January 2018 | Press Releases

LMU Munich & Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology LMU/SNSB researchers report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable to the genus Archaeopteryx, and provide a new diagnostic key for differentiating bird-like dinosaurs from their closest relatives. Some 150 million years ago in what is now Northern Bavaria, Archaeopteryx – the […]

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Luminescent lizards – Bone-based fluorescence in chameleons

15. January 2018 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Chameleons are famous for their colour language. Using colour changes and colourful patterns they communicate with their conspecifics. A research team from Munich, Germany, has now found that many chameleons have bony tubercles on their head, which glow blue under UV light and form impressive patterns. The skin in this […]

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26 new dwarf frogs from Madagascar

22. November 2017 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Madagascar is a famous hotspot of biodiversity. 319 species of frogs are officially known from this island off the East African coast. Recent studies have shown that at least 200 additional new species are still awaiting scientific description and naming. An international team has now described 26 new species of […]

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Molecular clock: age of volcanic island is redefined using geckos

19. December 2016 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Researchers from the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich, studied a gecko’s colonization of islands in the Western Indian Ocean. By applying molecular dating of a family tree of gecko species (“molecular clock”) they found that the volcanic island of Grand Comoro is likely much older than previously estimated based […]

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Thievish hoverfly steals prey from carnivorous sundews

4. May 2016 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Botany Hoverflies (also called flower flies), are conspicuous flower visitors of the dipteran family Syrphidae which often mimic the colouration of bees and wasps for protection, however they are totally stingless insects. The larvae (“maggots”) of most species are known to be beneficial organisms that feed on aphids and related insect […]

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Orientation in an ocean of data – more than a data portal

11. August 2015 | Press Releases

SNSB IT Center The project GFBio is funded with additional 5.8 million € by the ‚Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft‘ to continue the setup of a national data infrastructure in the field of biological and environmental sciences. Innovative research and new techniques in the field of environmental and ecosystem sciences not only lead to new understandings, but also […]

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Largest carnivorous sundew of the Americas discovered on Facebook

24. July 2015 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Botany An international team of botanists from Brazil, USA and the Botanische Staatssammlung München, Germany described a new species of carnivorous sundew (Drosera, Droseraceae), which was discovered on a not-so-remote mountain in Southeastern Brazil. The new species, which has been named Drosera magnifica (the magnificent sundew), turned out to be the […]

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With a crush: A Jurassic brother of the enigmatic tuataras

1. November 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Tuataras are often regarded as a classic example of a living fossil. They are the last survivors of an ancient lineage, which is said to have lost the evolutionary struggle with the modern lizards. A new find from the Late Jurassic (c. 148 Ma ago) of southern Germany […]

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A hard nut to crack: the Evolution of the armored fishes

12. July 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology They ruled the oceans when the dinosaurs populated the continents: the armored fishes, members of the bony fishes that were armored with hard bony scales, the surface of which was covered with ganoin, a hard calcified substance resembling the teeth’s enamel, which reached up to one centimeter thick […]

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Fluffy, but no less dangerous: A new, juvenile predatory dinosaur from Bavaria

2. July 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Most of us grew up with an image of dinosaurs that was dominated by the “Jurassic Park” movies or documentaries such as “walking with dinosaurs” – dinosaurs were large, though active, reptiles with scaly skin, their outer appearance resembling overgrown lizards or crocodiles. Finds of feathered, bird-like predatory […]

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Rivaling the World’s smallest Reptiles: New tiny Chameleons discovered in Madagascar

15. February 2012 | Press Releases

Bavarian State Collection for Zoology Madagascar is famous for its high levels of species diversity and endemism. Almost 300 species of frogs and approximately 400 species of reptiles live in the rainforests, mountains and arid areas of the island, and new species are regularly discovered. More than 40% of the 193 named chameleon species occur […]

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