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Dr. Julia Schultz












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Postal address:

Universität Bonn
Steinmann-Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie, Abteilung Paläontologie
Nussallee 8
53115 Bonn

Main research interests:


  • Functional morphology of the early mammalian dentition and jaw biomechanics, reconstruction of mastication pattern, striation analysis, facet formation and wear pattern
  • Evolution of the mammalian middle and inner ear
  • Mammalian diversity and disparity in the Mesozoic
  • Micro-computed tomography, 3D-reconstruction and virtual simulation

Short CV


Selected Publications:

Schultz, J. A., I. Ruf & T. Martin (2018). Oldest known multituberculate stapes suggests an asymmetric bicrural pattern as ancestral for Multituberculata. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285: 20172779.

Schultz, J. A., B. A. S. Bhullar & Z. X. Luo (2017). Re-examination of the Jurassic mammaliaform Docodon victor by computed tomography and occlusal functional analysis. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 1-30.

Schultz, J. A.; U. Zeller & Z.-X. Luo (2016): Inner ear labyrinth anatomy of monotremes and implications for mammalian inner ear evolution. Journal of Morphology 278(2), 236-263.

Luo, Z.-X.; J. A. Schultz & E. G. Ekdale (2016): Chapter 6. Evolution of the middle and inner ears of mammaliaforms: The approach to mammals. In: Evolution of the vertebrate ear: A paleontological perspective (eds. J. A. Clack, R. R. Fay and A. N. Popper). Springer Handbook of Auditory Research 59: 139-174.

Schultz J. A., D. W. Kause, W. v. Koenigswald & E. R. Dumont (2015). Dental function and diet of Vintana sertichi (Mammalia, Gondwanatheria) from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34, Memoir 1: 182-202.

Krause, D. W., S. Hoffmann, J. R. Wible, E. C. Kirk, J. A. Schultz, W. v. Koenigswald, J. R. Groenke, J. B. Rossie, P. O’Connor, E. R. Seiffert, E. R. Dumont, W. L. Holloway, R. R. Rogers, L. J. Rahantarisoa, A. D. Kemp & H. Andriamialison (2014). First cranial remains of a gondwanatherian mammal reveal remarkable mosaicism. Nature 515: 512-517

Schultz, J. A. & T. Martin (2014). Function of pretribosphenic and tribosphenic mammalian molars inferred from 3D animation. Naturwissenschaften 101:771-781.

Schultz, J. A. (2012). Funktionelle Morphologie und Abnutzungsmuster prätribosphenischer Molaren am Beispiel der Dryolestida (Mammalia, Cladotheria). Dissertation Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn: 170 pp. Link:

Luo, Z.-X., I. Ruf, J. A. Schultz & T. Martin (2011). Fossil evidence on evolution of inner ear cochlea in Jurassic mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278: 28-34.

Awards and Grants


  • 2015 DAAD Postdoc fellowship, two year research funding in the US
  • 2013 Poster Award of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft
  • 2012 Tilly-Edinger-Award for young academics of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft
  • 2009 Project EC-440 at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) in Grenoble, France

Fieldwork experiences


  • Excavation; Middle Jurassic vertebrate fossil remains (Bathonian, Itat Fm.) from the Berezovsk Quarry of West-Sibiria, Russia (Collaboration Universität Bonn and Zoological Insitute of the Russian Academy of Science)
  • Excavation; Early Cretaceous vertebrate fossil remains (Cenomanian, Mata Amarilla Fm.) in Patagonia, South America (Collaboration Universität Bonn and Museo de La Plata)
  • Field assistant for ecological study of small mammal behavior in arid habitats in Namibia (Collaboration Humboldt Universität Berlin and Universität Köln)
  • Field training for collecting and quarrying fossils from the late Oligocene oil shale sediments of the Ölschiefergrube Enspel, (Germany)

Student experiences:


  • Research student in the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 503 “Evolutionary Transformations and Mass Extinctions” of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany); Project Title: Comparative investigations of the neonates of the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus), the grey short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) and the short-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus)
  • Museum guide for the Grube Messel part of the „Menschen-Zeiten-Räume“-Exhibition, Museums für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen Berlin (Germany)
  • Screen washing and picking of mammal remains from sediments of the Tendaguru beds (Tanzania), Humboldt-Universität Berlin