Daniel Falk


Since I was a child I wanted to become a dinosaur scientist. In 2014 I did it! I actually currently don’t deal with dinosaurs, but with Eocene individuals and their exceptional soft-tissues preservation (“Geiseltal collection”, Germany). However, I still have a strong interest in dinosaur excavations, as well as sedimentology, stratigraphy, the reconstruction of ancient ecosystems and museology. I also work on Permian ecosystems and trace fossils.



  • Falk, D., Wings, O., McNamara, M.E., 2022. The skeletal taphonomy of anurans from the Eocene Geiseltal Konservat-Lagerstätte, Germany: insights into the controls on fossil anuran preservation. Papers in Palaeontology8, e1453, p. 1-34. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/spp2.1453. Please see the media articles on this publication here!
  • Falk, D., Grosse, W.-R., McNamara, M., Wings, O. Der mysteriöse Tod der Frösche des Geiseltales/Sachsen-Anhalt im Mitteleozän. Jahresschrift für Feldherpetologie und Ichthyofaunistik in Sachsen, in print.
  • Falk, D., Stache, M., 2021. Die eozänen Froschlurche der Geiseltal-Sammlung. 39-47. In Seidl, E., Steinheimer, F. and Weber, C. (eds): Eine Frage der Perspektive. Objekte als Vermittler von Wissenschaft. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung. Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft für Universitätssammlungen e.V. Bd. V, 126 p. https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/handle/18452/24596.
  • Marchetti, L., Klein, H., Falk, D., Wings, O., 2020. Synaptichnium tracks from the middle Muschelkalk (Middle Triassic, Anisian) Bernburg site (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae90, p. 321-331. http://www.asgp.pl/90_3_321_330_Marchetti_et_al.
  • Buchwitz, M., Marchetti, L., Jansen, M., Falk, D., Trostheide, F., Schneider, J.W., 2020. Ichnotaxonomy and trackmaker assignment of tetrapod tracks and swimming traces from the Middle Permian Hornburg Formation of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany). Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae90, p. 291-320. http://www.asgp.pl/90_3_291_320_Buchwitz_et_al.
  • Buchwitz, M., Falk, D., Klein, H., Mertmann, D., Perl, A., Wings, O. (eds.), 2019. 3rd International Conference of Continental Ichnology (ICCI 2019) – Abstract Volume & Field Trip Guide. Hallesches Jahrbuch für Geowissenschaften, Institut für Geowissenschaften und Geographie der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), 150 p. https://sites.google.com/view/3rd-icci-2019/home/abstract-volume-field-trip-guide.
  • Falk, D., Lechner, T., Fuhrmann, A., 2018. Sammeln für die Ewigkeit – Ideen zur nachhaltigen Inventarisierung von geowissenschaftlichen Objekten. Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Carolinea76, p. 5-19. ResearchGate link to article available here.
  • Falk, D., Treptow, K., 2017. Biegsame Gesteine!? Itacolumite aus der petrographischen Sammlung des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde Karlsruhe. Carolinea75, p. 5-13. ResearchGate link to article available here.
  • Legler, C., Barth, A., Mruma, A.H., Magigita, M., Boniface, N., Falk, D., Stanek, K.P., 2015. Minerogenic Map of Tanzania – Map and Explanatory Notes, Ministry of Energy and Mines/Geological Survey of Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam/Dodoma, 2015, 376 p.
  • Wings, O., Falk, D., Knötschke, N., Richter, A., 2012. Excursion Guide B1: The Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Trackways in Münchehagen (Lower Saxony, Germany) – The Natural Monument ‚Saurierfährten Münchehagen‘ and the adjacent Wesling Quarry, in Richter, A., Reich, M., eds., Dinosaur Tracks 2011 – An International Symposium, Obernkirchen, April 14-17, 2011; Abstract Volume and Field Guide to Excursions, Universitätsdrucke Göttingen, Landesmuseum Hannover, Obernkirchen, p. 113-142. ResearchGate link to article available here.


  • Oct 2018 – present: Geology PhD student at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (Ireland). PhD Thesis: Taphonomy of the Eocene Geiseltal Konservat-Lagerstätte, Germany.
  • Feb 2016 – Feb 2018: State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (Germany). Scientific trainee/volunteer (full-time): Collection work, research, museum education (guided tours, presentations, pedagogy), exhibition work.
  • Nov 2014 – Nov 2015: BEAK Consultants GmbH Freiberg (Germany). Engineering work in Germany and abroad with focus on ore research and prospection.
  • Dec 2011 – Sept 2014: MSc Geo Sciences at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). Main subjects: applied palaeontology & stratigraphy. Thesis (partly published): Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Environmental Reconstruction of the Hornburg-Formation, Southern Permian basin (Late Guadalupian, Permian).
  • Oct 2008 – Dec 2011: BSc Geology/Mineralogy at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). Thesis (partly published): Sedimentology and 3D-Modelling of Dinosaur Trackways of the Lowermost Cretaceous (Berriasian, Bückeberg-Formation) from Münchehagen (Lower Saxony).

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland