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PD Dr. Florian Witzmann

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Aufgabengebiete

  • Kustos für fossile Fische und Amphibien
  • Chefredakteur von "Fossil Record", der paläontologischen open-access Zeitschrift des Museums für Naturkunde

Forschung

- Physiologische Aspekte des Fisch-Tetrapoden-Übergangs im späten Paläozoikum. Dies betrifft die Veränderungen der Hautstruktur (Morphologie und Histologie von Hautknochen und Knochenschuppen) und die Umstrukturierung des Kiemenskeletts (Nahrungsaufnahme und Atmung im Wasser und an Land)

- Evolution der Muskulatur des Kopfes bei frühen Tetrapoden und Amphibien 

- Paläopathologie: Erkrankungen der Wirbelsäule bei fossilen Amphibien und Reptilien; Evolution von Knochenheilung

Publikationen (Auswahl)

Witzmann, F. & Werneburg, I. 2017. The palatal interpterygoid vacuities of temnospondyls and the implications for the associated eye- and jaw musculature. Anatomical Record 300: 1240-1269

Witzmann, F. 2016. CO2-metabolism in early tetrapods revisited: inferences from osteological correlates of gills, skin and lung ventilation in the fossil record. Lethaia 49: 492-506.

Fröbisch, N. B., Bickelmann, C., Olori, J. C. & Witzmann, F. 2015. Deep-time evolution of regeneration and preaxial polarity in tetrapod limb development. Nature 527: 231-234.

Janis, C. M., Devlin, K., Warren, D. E. & Witzmann, F. 2012. Dermal bone in early tetrapods: a palaeophysiological hypothesis of adaptation for terrestrial acidosis. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279: 3035-3040.

Witzmann, F., Claeson, K. M., Hampe, O., Wieder, F., Hilger, A., Manke, I., Niederhagen, M., Rothschild, B. M. & Asbach, P. 2011. Paget disease of bone in a Jurassic dinosaur. Current Biology 21: 647-648.

 

 

Lebenslauf

Florian Witzmann

Ausbildung:

11/2014: Habilitation. Titel der Habilitationsschrift: "Physiological aspects of the fish-to-tetrapod transition - skin structure, breathing and feeding in early tetrapods". Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Mentor: Prof. Johannes Müller.

09/2004: Promotion. Titel der Doktorarbeit: "Morphology and paleobiology of the Permo-Carboniferous temnospondyl amphibian Archegosaurus decheni Goldfuss, 1847 from the Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany". Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Betreuer: Prof. Hans-Peter Schultze.

02/2001: Diplom in Geologie-Paläontologie, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.

10/2000-02/2001: Geologische Diplomkartierung für das Landesamt für Geologie, Rohstoffe und Bergbau Baden-Württemberg (LGRB) in der mittleren Trias und im frühen Jura von Württemberg (Süddeutschland). Betreuer: Andreas Etzold und Prof. Hans-Ulrich Pfretzschner.

2000: Diplomarbeit in Geologie-Paläontologie. Titel der Arbeit: "Biometrische Analysen zur ontogenetischen Entwicklung an Micromelerpeton credneri (Amphibia, Temnospondyli)." Betreuer: Prof. Hans-Ulrich Pfretzschner.

1995-2001: Studium der Geologie-Paläontologie an der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.

Beruflicher Werdegang:

seit 06/2016: Kustos für fossile Fische und Amphibien am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

12/2014-05/2016: Feodor Lynen-Forschungsstipendiat der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung am Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, USA. Gastgeber: Prof. Elizabeth Brainerd und Prof. Peter Richardson.

04/2009-11/2014: Kustos für fossile Fische und Amphibien am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

2008: Gastwissenschaftler am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

2006-2007: Postdoktorand am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin mit eigenem DFG-geförderten Projekt über die Histologie der Dermalknochen von basalen Tetrapoden.

2005: Gastwissenschaftler am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

2002-2003: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im DFG-Projekt "Ontogeny and metamorphosis of Palaeozoic amphibians" von Prof. Hans-Peter Schultze und Dr. Rainer Schoch.

Publikationen

PD Dr. Florian Witzmann

Witzmann, F., Sues, H. D., Kammerer, C. F., & Fröbisch, J. 2019. A new bystrowianid from the late Permian of Germany: First record of a Permian chroniosuchian (Tetrapoda) outside Russia and China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, e1667366.

Fröbisch, N. B. & Witzmann, F. 2019. Early tetrapods had an eye on the land. Nature 574: 494-495.

Haridy, Y., Gee, B. M., Witzmann, F., Bevitt, J. J. & Reisz, R. R. 2019. Retention of fish-like odontode overgrowth in Permian tetrapod dentition supports outside-in theory of tooth origins. Biology letters, 15(9), 20190514.

Haridy, Y., Witzmann, F., Asbach, P. & Reisz, R. R. 2019. Permian metabolic bone disease revealed by microCT: Paget’s disease-like pathology in vertebrae of an early amniote. PloS one, 14(8), e0219662.

Witzmann, F., Brainerd, E.L. & Konow, N. 2019. Eye movements in frogs and salamanders–testing the palatal buccal pump hypothesis. Integrative Organismal Biology, pp. 1–13, doi:10.1093/iob/obz011

Haridy, Y., Witzmann, F., Asbach, P., Schoch, R.R., Fröbisch, N. and Rothschild, B.M. 2019. Triassic Cancer—Osteosarcoma in a 240-Million-Year-Old Stem-Turtle. JAMA oncology, 5(3), 425–426

Witzmann, F. & Ruta, M. 2019. Evolutionary changes in the orbits and palatal openings of early tetrapods, with emphasis on temnospondyls. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 109(1-2): 333–350

Werneburg, R., Witzmann, F. & Schneider, J.W. 2019. The oldest known tetrapod (Temnospondyli) from Germany (Early Carboniferous, Viséan). Paläontologische Zeitschrift, early view, 1–12, doi.org/10.1007/s12542-018-00442-x

Danto, M., Witzmann, F., Kamenz, S.K. and Fröbisch, N.B. 2019. How informative is vertebral development for the origin of lissamphibians? Journal of Zoology, 307(4), 292–305

Schoch, R. R. & Witzmann, F. 2018: Morphology of the Late Carboniferous temnospondyl Limnogyrinus elegans, and the evolutionary history of the Micromelerpetidae. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 289/3: 293–310

Neumann, C., Schultka, S. & Witzmann, F. 2018. The paleontological collections of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. In Beck, L.A. & Joger, U. (Hrsg.): Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, p. 39-56. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland

Witzmann, F. 2018: Mini-series: palaeopathology - a fresh look at ancient diseases in the fossil record. Journal of Zoology 304: 1-2

Van der Vos, W., Witzmann, F. & Fröbisch, N. 2018: Tail regeneration in the Paleozoic tetrapod Microbrachis pelikani and comparison with extant salamanders and squamates. Journal of Zoology 304: 34-44

Witzmann, F. 2018: Mini-series: palaeopathology - a fresh look at ancient diseases in the fossil record. Journal of Zoology 304: 1-2

Van der Vos, W., Witzmann, F. & Fröbisch, N. 2018: Tail regeneration in the Paleozoic tetrapod Microbrachis pelikani and comparison with extant salamanders and squamates. Journal of Zoology 304: 34-44

Witzmann, F. & Schoch, R.R. 2018: Skull and postcranium of the bystrowianid Bystrowiella schumanni from the Middle Triassic of Germany, and the position of chroniosuchians within Tetrapoda. Journal of systematic Palaeontology 16(9): 711-739

Danto, M., Witzmann, F., Pierce, S.E. & Fröbisch, N.B. 2017: Intercentrum versus pleurocentrum growth in early tetrapods: a paleohistological approach. Journal of Morphology. Early view, DOI:10.1002/jmor.20709

Witzmann, F., Werneburg, R. & Milner, A.R. 2017. A partial skull roof of an embolomere from Linton, Ohio (Middle Pennsylvanian) and its phylogenetic affinities. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, early view, DOI 10.1007/s12542-017-0374-4.

Witzmann, F. & Werneburg, I. 2017: The palatal interpterygoid vacuities of temnospondyls and the implications for the associated eye- and jaw musculature. Anatomical Record 300: 1240-1269

Witzmann, F. & Brainerd, E. L. 2017. Modeling the physiology of the aquatic temnospondyl Archegosaurus decheni from the early Permian of Germany. Fossil Record 20: 105-127.

Cernansky, A., Witzmann, F., Klembara, J. & van Heteren, A. H. 2016. The quadratojugal of Eryops studied by computed tomography and the morphological variability of foramina and canals in the quadratojugal of basal tetrapods. Anatomical Record. DOI 10.1002/ar.23373

Lautenschlager, S., Witzmann, F. & Werneburg, I. 2016. Palate anatomy and morphofunctional aspects of interpterygoid vacuities in temnospondyl cranial evolution. The Science of Nature (Naturwissenschaften) 103: 79

Witzmann, F., Sachs, S. & Nyhuis, C. J. 2016. A new species of Cyclotosaurus (Stereospondyli, Capitosauria) from the Late Triassic of Bielefeld, NW Germany, and teh intrarelationships of teh genus. Fossil Record 19: 83-100.

Witzmann, F., Hampe, O., Rothschild, B. M., Joger, U., Kosma, R., Schwarz, D. & Asbach, P. 2016. Subchondral cysts at synovial vertebral joints as analogies of Schmorl's nodes in a sauropod dinosaur from Niger. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, DOI 10.1080/02724634.2016.1080719

Danto, M., Witzmann, F. & Fröbisch, N. B. 2016. Vertebral development in Paleozoic and Mesozoic tetrapods revealed by paleohistological data. Plos One 11(4): e0152586.

Witzmann, F. 2016. CO2-metabolism in early tetrapods revisited: inferences from osteological correlates of gills, skin and lung ventilation in the fossil record. Lethaia 49: 492-506.

Fröbisch, N. B., Bickelmann, C., Olori, J. C. & Witzmann, F. 2015. Deep-time evolution of regeneration and preaxial polarity in tetrapod limb development. Nature 527: 231-234.

Marjanovic, D. & Witzmann, F. 2015. An extremely peramorphic newt (Urodela: Salamandridae: Pleurodelini) from the latest Oligocene of Germany, and a new phylogenetic analysis of extant and extinct salamandrids. Plos One 10(9): e0137068.

Witzmann, F. & Voigt, S. 2015. An Eryops-like interclavicle from the Saar-Nahe Basin, and a discussion of temnospondyl interclavicle characters. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 89: 449-458.

Fröbisch, N. B., Bickelmann, C. & Witzmann, F. 2014. Early evolution of limb regeneration in tetrapods: evidence from a 300-million-year-old amphibian. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 281: 20141550.

Schoch, R. R., Milner, A. R. & Witzmann, F. 2014. Skull morphology and phylogenetic relationships of a new Middle Triassic plagiosaurid temnospondyl from Germany, and the evolution of plagiosaurid eyes. Palaeontology 57: 1045-1058.

Witzmann, F., Schwarz-Wings, D., Hampe, O., Fritsch, G. & Asbach, P. 2014. Evidence of spondylarthropathy in the spine of a phytosaur (Reptilia: Archosauriformes) from the Late Triassic of Halberstadt, Germany. Plos One 9(1): p.e85511.

Hampe, O., Witzmann, F. & Asbach, P. 2014. A benign bone-forming tumour (osteoma) on the skull of a fossil balaenopterid whale from the Pliocene of Chile. Alcheringa 38: 266-272.

Witzmann, F., Rothschild, B. M., Hampe, O., Sobral, G., Gubin, Y. M. & Asbach, P. 2014. Congenital malformations of the vertebral column in ancient amphibians. Anatomia, Histologia, Enbryologia 43: 90-102.

Witzmann, F. 2013. Phylogenetic patterns of character evolution in the hyobranchial apparatus of early tetrapods. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 104: 145-167.

Witzmann, F. & Schoch, R. R. 2013. Reconstruction of cranial and hyobranchial muscles in the Triassic temnospondyl Gerrothorax provides evidence for akinetic suction feeding. Journal of Morphology 274: 525-542.

Witzmann, F. 2013. The stratigraphically oldest eryopoid temnospondyl from teh Permo-Carboniferous Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 87: 259-267.

Hampe, O., Hairapetian, V., Dorka, M., Witzmann, F., Amir M. Akbari, A. M. & Korn, D. 2013. A first Late Permian fish fauna from Baghuk Mountain (Neo-Tethyan shelf, central Iran). Bulletin of Geosciences 88: 1-20.

Clack, J. A., Witzmann, F., Müller, J. & Snyder, D. 2012. A colosteid-like early tetrapod from the St. Louis Limestone (Early Carboniferous, Meramecian), St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Fieldiana 5: 17-39.

Janis, C. M., Devlin, K., Warren, D. E. & Witzmann, F. 2012. Dermal bone in early tetrapods: a palaeophysiological hypothesis of adaptation for terrestrial acidosis. Proceedings of teh Royal Society of London, Series B 279: 3035-3040.

Danto, M., Witzmann, F. & Müller, J. 2012. Redescription and phylogeny of Solenodonsaurus janenschi Broili, 1924 from the Upper Carboniferous of Nyrany, Czech Republic. Fossil Record 15: 45-59.

Witzmann, F. & Schoch, R. R. 2012. A megalichthyid sarcopterygian fish from teh Lower Permian (Autunian) of the Saar-nahe Basin, Germany. Geobios 45: 241-248.

Witzmann, F. & Schoch, R. R. 2012. Braincase, palatoquadrate and ear region of the plagiosaurid Gerrothorax pulcherrimus from the Middle Triassic of Germany. Palaeontology 55: 31-50.

Schoch, R. R. & Witzmann, F. 2012. Cranial morphology of the plagiosaurid Gerrothorax pulcherrimus as an extreme example of evolutionary stasis. Lethaia 45: 371-385.

Witzmann, F., Claeson, K. M., Hampe, O., Wieder, F., Hilger, A., Manke, I., Niederhagen, M., Rothschild, B. M. & Asbach, P. 2011. Paget disease of bone in a Jurassic dinosaur. Current Biology 21: 647-648. 

Buchwitz, M., Witzmann, F., Voigt, S. & Golubev, V. 2011. Osteoderm microstructure indicates the presence of a crocodylian-like trunk bracing system in a group of armoured basal tetrapods. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 93: 260-280.

Witzmann, F. 2011. Morphological and histological changes of dermal scales during the fish-to-tetrapod transition. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 92: 281-302.

Schoch, R. R., Witzmann, F. 2011. Bystrow's Paradox: gills, fossils, and the fish-to-tetrapod transition. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 92: 251-265.

Witzmann, F., Dorka, M., Korn, D. 2010. A juvenile Early Carboniferous (Viséan) coelacanth from Rösenbeck (Rhenish Mountains, Germany) with derived postcranial characters. Fossil Record 13: 309-316.

Witzmann, F. 2010. A skull fragment of a Devonian tetrapod in the collection of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin showing a unique lateral line morphology. Fossil Record 13: 297-302.

Witzmann, F., Scholz, H., Müller, J. & Kardjilov, N. 2010. Sculpture and vascularization of dermal bones, and the implications for the physiology of basal tetrapods. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 160: 302-340.

Fröbisch, N. B., Olori, J., Schoch, R. R. & Witzmann, F. 2010. Amphibian development in the fossil record. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 21: 424-431.

Witzmann, F., Soler-Gijà³n, R. 2010. The bone histology of osteoderms in temnospondyl amphibians and in the chroniosuchian Bystrowiella. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 91: 96-114.

Witzmann, F. 2009. Comparative histology of sculptured dermal bones in basal tetrapods, and the implications for the soft tissue dermis. Palaeodiversity 2: 233-270.

Witzmann, F., Scholz, H., Ruta, M. 2009. The skull ontogeny of temnospondyls: a geometric morphometrics approach. Alcheringa 33: 237-255.

Schoch, R. R., Witzmann, F. 2009. Osteology and relationships of the temnospondyl genus Sclerocephalus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society London 157: 135-168.

Schoch, R. R., Witzmann, F. 2009. The temnospondyl Glanochthon from the Lower Permian Meisenheim Formation of Germany. Special Papers in Palaeontology 81: 121-136.

Witzmann, F. 2009. Cannibalism in a small growth stage of the branchiosaurid Apateon gracilis (Credner, 1881) from the Early Permian Döhlen Basin, Saxony. Fossil Record 12(1): 7-11.

Witzmann, F., Asbach, P., Remes, K., Hampe, O., Hilger, A., and Paulke, A. 2008. Vertebral pathology in an ornithopod dinosaur: a hemivertebra in Dysalotosaurus lettowvorbecki from the Jurassic of Tanzania. Anatomical Record 291: 1149-1155.

Witzmann, F., Gassner, T. 2008. Metoposaurid and mastodonsaurid stereospondyls from the Triassic-Jurassic boundary of Portugal. Alcheringa 32(1): 37-51.

Witzmann, F., Schoch, R. R., Maisch, M. 2008. A relict basal tetrapod from Germany: first evidence of a Triassic chroniosuchian outside Russia. Naturwissenschaften, 95: 67-72.

Kriwet, J., Witzmann, F., Klug, S., Heidtke, U.J.H. 2008. First direct evidence of a vertebrate three-level trophic chain in the fossil record. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 275: 181-186.

Witzmann, F., Scholz, H. 2007. Morphometric study of allometric skull growth in the temnospondyl Archegosaurus decheni from the Permian/Carboniferous of Germany. Géobios, 40: 541-554.

Witzmann, F. 2007. The evolution of the scalation pattern in temnospondyl amphibians. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society London, 150: 815-834.

Witzmann, F. 2007. Wirbelfehlbildungen und Asymmetrie der Wirbelsäule bei temnospondylen Amphibien. Hallesches Jahrbuch für Geowissenschaften, Beiheft, 23: 93-96.

Witzmann, F. 2007. A hemivertebra in a temnospondyl amphibian: the oldest record of scoliosis. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27: 1043-1046.

Witzmann, F., Schoch, R. R. 2006. Skeletal development of the temnospondyl Acanthostomatops vorax from the Lower Permian Döhlen basin of Saxony. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 96: 365-385.

Witzmann, F., Schoch, R. R. 2006. The postcranium of Archegosaurus decheni, and a phylogenetic analysis of temnospondyl postcrania. Palaeontology, 49: 1211-1235.

Witzmann, F. 2006. Cranial anatomy and ontogeny of the Permo-Carboniferous temnospondyl Archegosaurus decheni from the Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences, 96(2): 131-162.

Witzmann, F. 2006. Developmental patterns and ossification sequence in the Permo-Carboniferous temnospondyl Archegosaurus decheni (Saar-Nahe Basin, Germany). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26(1): 7-17.

Witzmann, F. 2005. Hyobranchial and postcranial ontogeny of the temnospondyl Onchiodon labyrinthicus from Niederhäslich (Döhlen Basin, Autunian, Saxony). Paläontologische Zeitschrift 79(4): 479-492.

Witzmann, F. 2005. A dissorophid temnospondyl in the Upper Permian Kupferschiefer of Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Monatshefte, 2005(5): 289-300.

Witzmann, F. 2004. The external gills of Palaeozoic amphibians. In: Studies in lower vertebrate palaeontology in honor of Jürgen Boy, Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, 232: 375-401.

Witzmann, F., Pfretzschner, H.-U. 2003. Larval ontogeny of Micromelerpeton credneri (Temnospondyli, Dissorophoidea). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 23(4): 750-768