Corona, the Swabian Alb, and Africa

Ever since my childhood, so since I was about seven years old, I have been familiar with the mountains of the Swabian Alb. The fossils I found while hiking inspired my decision to become a palaeontologist. I am most familiar with the area of the Zollernalb. In autumn of the very hot year 2003 I […]

The genomic footprint of the crested ibis

During guided tours through the museum’s bird collection, I keep emphasizing that our over 150,000 bird objects can be regarded as a DNA bank. It is possible to extract genetic material from a small skin sample. Especially in the case of species threatened with extinction with small remnant populations, it is important to know whether […]