Vertebrate Paleontology

Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology David S Berman

Dave BermanBermanD@carnegiemnh.org
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.622.3248

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Academic Training 

PhD, 1969, University of California, Los Angeles

General Research Interests 

  • Terrestrial vertebrate faunas of the Late Paleozoic
  • Evolution of early tetrapods and early amniotes
  • Dinosaur paleontology 

Research Projects  

Selected Publications  

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2011 

  • Henrici, A. C., D. S Berman, T. Martens, and S. S. Sumida. Collection and preparation of vertebrate fossils from the Early Permian Bromacker Quarry Locality, central Germany. Supplement to the online Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31: 124-125.
  • Berman, D. S, A. C. Henrici, T. Martens, S. S. Sumida, and J. Anderson. A second, new species of trematopid amphibian from the Lower Permian Bromacker Locality of central Germany. Supplement to the online Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31:70.
  • Martens, T., D. S Berman, A. C. Henrici, and S. S. Sumida. Paleogeographical and paleontological characteristics of the Lower Permian redbeds of north-central Texas and the Bromacker Quarry in the Lower Permian Tambach Formation in central Germany. Supplement to the online Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31:152.
  • Sues, H-D., S. J. Nesbitt, D.S Berman, and A.C. Henrici. A late-surviving basal theropod dinosaur from the latest Triassic illustrates ecological diversification of Theropoda prior to the end of the Triassic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278:3459-3464.
  • 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, 31:997-1004.

2010 

  • Berman, D.S, A.C. Henrici, D. Brezinski, and A. Kollar. A new trematopid (Temnospondyli: Dissorophoidae) from the Upper Pennsylvanian of western Pennsylvania: earliest record of terrestrial vertebrates responding to a warmer, drier climate. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 78:289-318.
  • Berman, D.S, R.R. Reisz, and D. Scott. Redescription of the skull of Limnoscelis paludis Williston (Diadectomorpha: Limnoscelidae). New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Bulletin 49, pp. 185-210.
  • Spielmann, J.A., L.F. Rinehart, S.G. Lucas, D.S Berman, A.C. Henrici, and S. K. Harris. Redescription of the cranial anatomy of Sphenacodon ferox Marsh (Eupelycosauria: Sphenacodontidae) from the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian eupelycosaur of New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Bulletin 49, pp. 159-184.
  • Werneburg, R., D.S Berman, and S.G. Lucas. Dissorophoid record from the Upper Pennsylvanian of Cañon del Cobre, New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Bulletin 49, pp. 129-136.
  • Lucas, S.G., S.K. Harris, J.A. Spielmann, L.F. Rhinehart, D.S Berman, A.C. Henrici, and K. Krainer. Vertebrate paleontology, biostratigraphy and biochronology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian Cutler Group, Canon de Cobre, northern New Mexico. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Bulletin 49, pp. 115-124.
  • Martens, T., D. S Berman, A. C. Henrici, and S. S. Sumida. The Bromacker horizon—the most important sequence of lower Permian terrestrial vertebrate fossils outside of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book, 2010: 130A.
  • Reisz, R. R., J. Frobisch, D. S Berman, and A. C. Henrici. New Permo-Carboniferous caseid synapsids from North America and Europe, and their evolutionary significance. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book, 2010: 150A
  • Spielmann, J.A., L.F. Rinehart, S.G. Lucas, D.S Berman, A.C. Henrici. The species-level taxonomy of Sphenacodon ferox Marsh (Eupelycosauria: Sphenacodontidae) from the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian of New Mexico. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book, 2010:169A.
  • Sues, H-D., S. Nesbitt, D. S Berman, A. C. Henrici, and R. Sullivan. A new basal theropod dinosaur from the Coelophysis Quarry (Upper Triassic) of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, SVP Program and Abstracts Book, 2010: 172A.

2009 

  • Spielmann, J.A., Lucas, S.G., Berman, D.S, and Henrici, A.C. An Early Permian (Wolfcampian-Seymourian) vertebrate fauna from the Abo Formation (Scholle Member), Gallina Well, Socorro County, NM. Quebradas Country, 60th New Mexico Geological Society fall field conference, 2009, pp. 69-70.
  • Henrici, A.C., Martens, T., and Berman, D.S. A new microsaur from an excavation site in the Lower Permian Tambach Formation, Tambach-Dietharz, Thuringia, Germany. Journal of Paleontology. Presented at SVP meetings, Bristol, UK.
  • Sumida, S.S., Pelletier, V., and Berman, D. S. New information on the basal pelycosauria-grade synapsid Oedaleops. Presented in symposim New Perspectives on the Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida at SVP meetings, Bristol, UK.
  • Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C., and Sumida, S.S. Pelycosaurian-grade synapsids from the Lower Permian Bromacker locality, Tambach Formation, Tambach Basin of central Germany. Presented in symposim New Perspectives on the Early Evolutionary History of the Synapsida at SVP meetings, Bristol, UK.

2008 

  • Anderson, J., Henrici, A. C., Sumida, S. S., Martens, T., and Berman, D. S. Georgenthalia clavinasica, a new genus and species of dissorophoid temnospondyl from the Early Permian of Germany, and the relationships of the Family Amphibamidae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28:61-75.

2007 

  • Klembara, J., Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C., Cernansky, A., Werneburg, R., and Martens, T. First description of skull of Lower Permian Seymouria sanjuanensis (Seymouriamorpha: Seymouridae) at an early juvenile growth stage. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 76:53-72.
  • Voigt, S., Berman, D. S, and Henrici, A. C. First well-established track-trackmaker association of Paleozoic tetrapods based on Ichniotherium trackways and diadectid skeletons from the Lower Permian of Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27:553-570.
  • Modesto, S. P., Scott, D., Berman, D. S, Müller, J., and Reisz, R. R. The skull and palaeoecological significance of Laidosaurus hamatus, a captorhinid reptile from the Lower Permian of Texas. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 149:237-262.
  • Urban, M. and Berman, D. S. First occurrence of the late Paleozoic amphibian Zatrachys serratus (Temnospondyli, Zatrachydidae) in the eastern United States. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 76:157-164.
  • Martens, T., Berman, D. S, Henrici, A. C., and Sumida, S. S. The Bromacker Quarry—the most important locality of Lower Permian terrestrial vertebrate fossils outside of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27:112 (Abstract).
  • Pelletier, V., Sumida, S. S., Walliser, J., and Berman, D. S. Hindlimb structure of the rare Lower Permian diadectomorph Tseajaia campi Vaughn. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27:128A (Abstract).
  • Berman, D. S, and Henrici, A. C. A new Late Pernnsylvanian trematopid (Temnspondyli: Dissorophoidea) from western Pennsylvania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 27:47A (Abstract).

2006 

  • Klembara, J., Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C., Cernansky, A. Comparison of cranial anatomy and proportions of similarly sized Seymouria sanjuanensis and Discosauriscus austriacus. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 75:37-49.
  • Müller J., Berman, D. S, Henrici, A. C., Martens, T., and Sumida, S. S. The basal reptile Thuringothyris mahlendorffae (Amniota: Eureptilia) from the Lower Permian of Germany. Journal of Paleontology, 80:726-739.
  • Sumida, S. S., Berman, D. S, Eberth, D. A., and Henrici, A. C. Paleoecological significance of a Lower Permian terrestrial vertebrate assemblage from central Germany. In: Fossils and Strata, 50:1-22, Australian Symposium.
  • Henrici, A. C., Klembara, J., Berman, D. S, and Martens, T. First widely spaced cranial growth series of a Seymouriidae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. JVP, 26:74A (Abstract).

2005 

  • Lucas, G.S., Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C., and Hunt, A. P. Bolosauruus from the Lower Permian at Arroyo del Agua, New Mexico and its biostratigraphic significance. Pp. 125-127, in: The Permian of Central New Mexico (Lucas, S.G., Zeigler, K.E., Spielmann, J.A., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 31.
  • Lucas, G.S., Harris, S.K., Spielmann, J.A., Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C. Vertebrate Biostratigraphy and Biochronology of the Pennsylvanian-Permian Cutler Group, El Cobre Canyon, northern New Mexico. Pp. 128-129, in: The Permian of Central New Mexico (Lucas, S.G., Zeigler, K.E., Spielmann, J.A., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 31.
  • Lucas, G.S., Harris, S.K., Spielmann, J.A., Berman, D.S., Henrici, A.C., Heckert, A.B., Zeigler, K.E., and Rinehart, L.F. Early Permian vertebrate biostratigraphy at Arroyo del Agua, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Pp. 163-169,in: The Permian of Central New Mexico (Lucas, S.G., Zeigler, K.E., Spielmann, J.A., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 31.
  • Zeigler, K.E., Lucas, G.S., Heckert, A.C., Henrici, A.C., and Berman, D.S. Taphonomy of the Lower Permian Cardillo Quarry, Chama Basin, north-central New Mexico. Pp. 297-301, in: New Mexico Geological Society, 56th Field Conference Guidebook, Geology of the Chama Basin.
  • Lucas, G.S., Harris, S.K., Spielmann, J.A., Berman, D.S., Henrici, A.C., Heckert, A.B., Zeigler, K.E., and Rinehart, L.F. Early Permian vertebrate assemblage and its biostratigraphic significance, Arroyo del Agua, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Pp. 288-296, in: New Mexico Geological Society, 56th Field Conference Guidebook, Geology of the Chama Basin.
  • Eberth, D.A. and Berman, D.S. A cryptalgal laminite from the Cutler Formation alluvial redbeds (Lower Permian, Wolfcampian), north-central New Mexico. Pp. 80-89, in: The Nonmarine Permian (Lucas, S.G. and Zeigler K.E., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 30.
  • Harris, S., Lucas, S. G., Berman, D. S, and Henrici, A. C. Diplocaulus cranial material from the Lower Abo Formation (Wolfcampian) of New Mexico and the stratigraphic distribution of the genus. Pp. 101-103, in: The Nonmarine Permian (Lucas, S.G. and Zeigler K.E., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 30.
  • Henrici, A.C., Berman, D.S., Lucas, S.G., Heckert, A.B., and Zeigler, K.E. The carpus and tarsus of the Early Permian synapsid Sphenacodon ferox (Eupelycosauria: Sphenacodontidae). Pp. 106-110, in: The Nonmarine Permian (Lucas, S.G. and Zeigler K.E., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 30.
  • Martens, T., Berman, D. S, Henrici, A. C., and Sumida, S. S. The Bromacker quarry—the most important locality of the Lower Permian terrestrial vertebrate fossils outside of North America. Pp. 214-215, in: The Nonmarine Permian (Lucas, S.G. and Zeigler K.E., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 30.
  • Reisz, R.R., Berman, D.S, and Henrici, A.C. A new skull of the cochleosaurid amphibian Chenoprosopus (Amphibia: Temnospondyli) from the Early Permian of New Mexico. Pp. 253-255, in: The Nonmarine Permian (Lucas, S.G. and Zeigler K.E., eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 30.
  • Berman, D. S and Rothschild, B. M. Neck posture of sauropods determined using radiological imaging to reveal three-dimensional structure of cervical vertebrae. Pp. 233-247, in: Thurnder-Lizards: the Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs (V. Tidwell and K. Carpenter eds.), Bloomington, Indiana University Press.
  • Klembara, J., Berman, D.S, Henrici, A.C., and Cernansky, A. New structures and reconstructions of the skull of the seymouriamorph Seymouria sanjuanensis, Vaughn. Annals of Carnegie Museum.
  • Modesto, D.M., Berman, D.S, Scott, D., Müller, J., and Reisz, R.R. The cranial skeleton of the captorhinid reptile Labidosaurus hamatus from the Lower Permian of Texas. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25:93A.
  • Kissel, R., Reisz, R. R., and Berman, D. S. Revisiting the taxonomy of Diadectidae (Cotlyosauria: Diadectomorpha): a phylogenetic approach. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25:78A. (Abstract)