Madelaine Böhme

Madelaine Böhme (born 1967) is a German palaeontologist and professor of palaeoclimatology at the University of Tübingen.[1]

Madelaine Böhme
Born1967 (age 54–55)
Academic background
EducationFreiberg University of Mining and Technology
Alma materLeipzig University
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Tübingen

Böhme was born in 1967 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She studied at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology and Leipzig University, completing her doctorate there in 1997 and habilitation at LMU Munich in 2003. In 2009 she became professor of terrestrial palaeoclimatology in Tübingen.[2]

Work published in 2017 by a team including Böhme established that Graecopithecus freybergi fossils found in Greece were 7.2 million years old and the species was hominin.[3][4]

In 2019, Böhme and her team were the first to describe Danuvius guggenmosi, an extinct species of great apes with adaptations for bipedalism that lived 11.6 million years ago.[5]

In 2022, alongside Gerald Mayr and Thomas Lechner, Böhme described Allgoviachen tortonica, a new genus and species of anatid bird from the Hammerschmiede clay pits of Bavaria, Germany.[6]


  1. ^ "Madelaine Böhme, Paläoklimatologin". alpha-Forum (Video interview) (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. July 26, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Seifert, Michael (2010). "Neu berufen: Madelaine Böhme" (Press release) (in German). University of Tübingen. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans". University of Toronto. May 22, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Fuss, Jochen; Spassov, Nikolai; Begun, David R.; Böhme, Madelaine (2017). "Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe". PLOS One. 12 (5): e0177127. Bibcode:2017PLoSO..1277127F. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177127. PMC 5439669. PMID 28531170.
  5. ^ Böhme, M.; Spassov, N.; Fuss, J.; Tröscher, A.; Deane, A. S.; Prieto, J.; Kirscher, U.; Lechner, T.; Begun, D. R. (2019). "A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans". Nature. 575 (7783): 489–493. Bibcode:2019Natur.575..489B. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1731-0. PMID 31695194. S2CID 207888156.
  6. ^ Mayr, Gerald; Lechner, Thomas; Böhme, Madelaine (March 7, 2022). "Nearly complete leg of an unusual, shelduck-sized anseriform bird from the earliest late Miocene hominid locality Hammerschmiede (Germany)". Historical Biology. In press: 1–10. doi:10.1080/08912963.2022.2045285. ISSN 0891-2963. S2CID 247310405.

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