Amy Henrici
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
An unusual terrestrial vertebrate assemblage from the Lower Permian of Germany

Amy C. Henrici
Collection Manager
Vertebrate Paleontology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Earth Theater, First Floor Rear
Noon–1 p.m.

Henrici is one of an international team studying vertebrate fossils from the Bromacker Quarry, Lower Permian Tambach Formation, Germany. The Tambach Formation was deposited in a unique Lower Permian setting and contains extremely well-preserved vertebrate fossils.

The Bromacker fauna is unusual in consisting of highly terrestrial amphibians and reptiles, many of which are herbivores. Contemporaneous faunas in North America are mainly aquatic and semi-terrestrial, and carnivores outnumber herbivores. The Bromacker fauna may represent the initial stage in the development of the modern terrestrial ecosystem, in which a large number of herbivores supports a few top carnivores.

Related Publication: In Press. Henrici, A C., T. Martens, D. S Berman, S. S. Sumida. An ostodolepid ‘microsaur’ (Lepospondyli) from the Lower Permian Tambach Formation of central Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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