Dr. Manja Voß

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 8662
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8868
E-mail manja.voss(at)mfn-berlin.de


  • Research on marine mammals
  • Scientific fellow in the EU-Project SYNTHESYS (Acces and NA2)
  • Service for public education

Research interests

  • Evolution, Morphology and Diversity of marine mammals, especially of sea cows (Sirenia), but also whales (Cetacea) and seals (Pinnipedia)
  • evolutionary drivers for the secondary adaptations to life in the water
  • Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, Palaeobiogeography and Palaeoecology
  • Paläopathology and skeletal anomalies
  • Application of computed tomography (CT)

Research projects

  • Revision of the Halitherium - species complex (DFG, PD Dr. Oliver Hampe)

Publications (selection)

  • Voss, M. 2014. On the invalidity of Halitherium schinzii Kaup, 1838 (Mammalia, Sirenia), with comments on systematic consequences. Zoosystematics and Evolution 90(1): 87-93
  • Voss M. 2012. A new sea cow record from the lower Oligocene of western Germany: new indications on the skeletal morphology of Halitherium schinzii (Mammalia: Sirenia). Paläontologische Zeitschrift 86: 205-217.
  • Voss M, Asbach P, Hilger A. 2011. Vertebral anomaly in fossil sea cows (Sirenia, Mammalia). The Anatomical Record 294: 980-986.

Last update: 03.08.2015