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PD Dr. Brigitte Schoenemann

Contact information

Nussallee 8
Telefon: +49 (0)2227 80058
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-3103 (Sekretariat)
E-Mail: bschoenem(at)

Research interests


  • Structural analysis of fossilised visual systems
  • Evolution of eyes
  • Vision in trilobites

Ongoing projects


  • Analysis of trilobite compound eyes (sensory structures, µct-scanning, in collaboration with Prof. E.N.K. Clarkson, University of Edinburgh)
  • Internal structures of Jurassic compound eyes (in collaboration with Prof. J. Vannier, University of Lyon)
  • Compound eyes of “Orsten“- Crustaceans (in collaboration with C.O.R.E., University of Ulm, and Prof. V.B. Meyer-Rochow, University of Oulu, Finland)

Selected publications


  • Schoenemann B. & Clarkson E.N.K. (2013) Discovery of some 400 million year-old sensory structures in the compound eyes of trilobites Scientific Reports, 3, 1429
  • Schoenemann B. (2013) The eyes of a tiny ‘Orsten’ crustacean – A compound eye at receptor level? Vision Research, 76, 89-93.
  • Schoenemann, B., Castellani, C., Clarkson, E.N.K., Haug, J.T., Maas, A., Haug, C. & Waloszek, D. (2012) The sophisticated visual system of a tiny Cambrian crustacean: analysis of a stalked fossil compound eye. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B, 279, 1335-1340.
  • Schoenemann B. & Clarkson E.N.K. (2012) At First Sight – Functional Analysis of Lower Cambrian eye systems. Palaeontographica A, 297, 123-149
  • Schoenemann, B. & Clarkson E.N.K. (2011) The eyes of Isoxys – Eye morphology indicates the ecological habitat of an a half million year old animal Lethaia, 44(2), 223-230.
  • Schoenemann, B. & Clarkson E.N.K. (2011) A light guide lens in ancient trilobites? Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 102, 17-23.
  • Schoenemann B. & Clarkson E.N.K. (2011) The eyes of Bohemian Trilobites. Geological Research, 1, 45-50.
  • Schoenemann B., Clarkson E.N.K., Ahlberg P. & Dies Alvarez M. E. (2010) A Tiny Eye Indicating a Planctonic Trilobite. Palaeontology, 53, 695-701.
  • Schoenemann B., Liu J.-n., Shu D.-g., Han J.-a. & Zhang Z.-f. A (2009) A Miniscule Optimised Visual System in the Lower Cambrian. Lethaia, 42, 265–273
  • Schoenemann B. (2007) Trilobite Eyes and a New Type of Neuronal Superpositional Eye in an Ancient System. Palaeontographica A, 281, 63-91.