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Veterinary Sciences

Craniomandibular system in rabbits

In contrast to wild lagomorphs, pet rabbits exhibit a noticeably high frequency of dental problems. Although dietary habits are considered as a major factor contributing to acquired malocclusions, the exact causes and interrelationships are still under debate. In this regard, an important aspect that has not been considered thoroughly to date is the effect of diet-induced phenotypic plasticity in skull morphology. Our findings suggest that the phenotypic changes in domestic rabbits impact mastication performance and, consequently, oral health.

Böhmer C, Böhmer E. 2017 Shape variation in the craniomandibular system and prevalence of dental problems in domestic rabbits: a case study in Evolutionary Veterinary Science.
Veterinary Sciences.
DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010005.


Great meeting

ICVM in Washington D.C.

ICVM 2016 logo1-300x300The congress of the International Society of Vertebrate  Morphology in Washington DC. was a highly interesting meeting.

I gave an oral presentation about Hox code in extinct archosaurs and presented a poster about form-function relationships & the evolution of arboreal locomotion. In my poster, I used augmented reality in order to visualize muscle attachment areas.

What is augmented reality? And why use it in science? [read more]


Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Dental ontogeny in Miocene rhinos

1959II5192_002 Nashorn-Zahn_vFossil evidence of complete sequences of dental ontogeny in extinct mammals is rare but contains valuable information on the animal’s physiology, life history, and individual age. Here, we analyzed an exceptionally high number of juvenile dentaries at different developmental stages including highly fragile tooth germs of the  extinct rhinoceros Prosantorhinus germanicus from the Miocene fossil lagerstätte Sandelzhausen in Germany.

Böhmer C, Heissig K, Rössner EG. 2015 Dental eruption series and replacement pattern in Miocene Prosantorhinus (Rhinocerotidae) as reveaed by macroscopy and X-ray: implications for ontogeny and mortality profile. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. DOI: 10.1007/s10914-015-9313-x.

Please feel free to [contact me] for details.

Fossil of the Month - April 2016

Mandible of Miocene rhino

Sammlung_LogoFossil des Monats April 2016 in der Bayerischen Staatssammlung für Paläontologie & Geologie in München.

Flyer: Böhmer et al. 2016 [download]

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from Böhmer & Böhmer. 2017. Veterinary Sciences 4 (1), 5. DOI: 10.3390/vetsci4010005

December 2016: Paris

3rd LabEx BCDiv conference

From December 5 to 6, researchers funded by LabEx BCDiv report on their projects. I presented the results on my PostDoc project “Evolutionary functional morphology: arboreal evolution in mammals

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Invited talk: Berlin (Germany)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

I look forward to travel to Berlin and meet Prof. Dr. John Nyakatura and his research group again at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. There are a number of interesting events, such as the special exhibition Orobates. Reanimated after 300 million years" and the exhibition at the Natural History MuseumTristan - Berlin bares teeth”. Furthermore, I am pleased to give a talk in which I present an overview of my major research projects.

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Invited talk: Switzerland

Panzerechsen sorgen für Wirbel

Was die Wirbelsäule der Krokodile über Dinosaurier verrät.

I was invited by Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez-Villagra to give a talk to the general public about crocodiles, dinosaurs and the evolution of the vertebral column in archosaurs. Until January 2017 there is a special exhibition in the museum in Zurich “Das Krokodil im Baum” (the crocodile in the tree).

Universität Zürich UZH

German Palaeontological Society

Tilly Edinger Prize

PalGes_Logo_gelb-frei_verklThe Tilly Edinger Prize of the German Palaeontological Society has been awarded to me, acknowledging my work on Hox genes and the evolution of the vertebral column in archosaurs.

I thank all who supported me in various ways throughout the years!
Thank you very much!!

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