Prehistoric human and faunal evidence of late Pleistocene-early Holocene age in submerged caves of the Yucatan peninsula, southern Mexico
Dr. Wolfgang Stinnesbeck (Heidelberg University, Germany), Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer (KU)
Widespread karst cave systems, so-called ‘cenotes’, developed during the Pleistocene in northeastern Yucatán (southeastern Mexico), and were inhabited by both ‘prehistoric’ animals and different human civilizations. The continuous formation speleothems inhabit high potential for stable-isotope and radiometric age determination. Holocene sea-level rise submerged and preserved the vast of the caves, creating a relatively stable archive to study the paleontology and climatic history since the Pleistocene glaciations.
Paleobiology and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of an Aquitanian microbial bioherm (Miocene, Rhine Rift Valley, Germany)
Dr. Patrick Zell (LfD Hessen, Germany), Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer (KU)
The early Miocene (Aquitanian) hosts the terminal record of marine transgression in the Rhine rift system. This project investigates a marine to brackish sediment succession and associated microbial bioherm in the Mainz Basin that further hosts a diverse vertebrate and invertebrate faunal assemblage. The combination of sedimentological, paleontological and geochemical analyses creates a detailed reconstruction of this dynamic paleoenvironment.