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Manja Voß

Manja Voß
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8561

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Research on marine mammals
  • Scientific fellow in the EU-Project SYNTHESYS (Acces and NA2)
  • Service for public education



Research interests:

  • Evolution, Morphology and Diversity of marine mammals, especially of sea cows (Sirenia), but also whales (Cetacea) and seals (Pinnipedia)
  • evolutionary drivers for the secondary adaptations to life in the water
  • Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, Palaeobiogeography and Palaeoecology
  • Paläopathology and skeletal anomalies
  • Application of computed tomography (CT)

Research projects:

Revision of the Halitherium - species complex (DFG, PD Dr. Oliver Hampe)

Publications (Selection)


Voss, M. 2014. On the invalidity of Halitherium schinzii Kaup, 1838 (Mammalia, Sirenia), with comments on systematic consequences. Zoosystematics and Evolution 90(1): 87-93

Voss M. 2012. A new sea cow record from the lower Oligocene of western Germany: new indications on the skeletal morphology of Halitherium schinzii (Mammalia: Sirenia). Paläontologische Zeitschrift 86: 205-217.

Voss M, Asbach P, Hilger A. 2011. Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Sirenia, Mammalia). The Anatomical Record 294: 980-986.