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Heinz Furrer

portrait Dr. Heinz Furrer
Curator, Senior scientist (retired)

Katzenrütistrasse 78, CH-8153 Rümlang

E-mail: heinz.furrer-paleo(at)
E-mail: heinz.furrer-paleo(at)

Additional functions:
since 2014 Member of the «Commission Paléontologie et Transjurane, Le Canton de Jura»
since 2013 Member of the “Commissione scientifica transnazionale del Monte San Giorgio“, UNESCO world heritage
since 2004 Member of the “Museumskommission Mammutmuseum Niederweningen“
since 2001 Member of the “Schweizerische Kommission für Stratigraphie”, Scnat

Key Publications of Heinz Furrer (up to ten) :
Furrer, H. 2019: Fische und Saurier aus dem Hochgebirge. Fossilien aus der mittleren Trias bei Davos. Neujahrsblatt der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich 221: 112 S.

Cavin, L., Mennecart, B., Obrist, C., Costeur, L. & Furrer, H. 2017: Heterochronic evolution explains unusual body shape in a Triassic coelacanth from Switzerland. Scientific Reports 7: 13695.

Whiteside, D.I., Duffin, C.J. & Furrer, H. 2017: The Late Triassic lepidosaur fauna from Hallau, North-Eastern Switzerland, and a new ‘basal’ rhynchocephalian Deltadectes elvetica gen et. sp. nov. N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. Abh. 285/1 (2017), 53–74. DOI 10.1127/njgpa/2017/0669

Scheyer, T., Neenan, J.M., Bodogan, T., Furrer, H., Obrist, C. & Plamondon, M. 2017: A new, exceptionally preserved juvenile specimen of Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi (Diapsida) and implications for Mesozoic marine diapsid phylogeny. Scientific Reports 7: 4406. Supplementary information DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-04514-x

Maxwell, E.E., Romano, C., Wu, F. & Furrer, H. 2015: Two new species of Saurichthys (Actinopterygii: Saurichthyidae) from the Middle Triassic of Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland, with implications for character evolution in the genus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 173, 887-912. doi: 10.1111/zoj.12224

Furrer, H. & Vandelli, A. 2014: Guide to the Museum of fossils from Monte San Giorgio Meride. Fondazione del Monte San Giorgio, 128 pp. ISBN 978-88-940067-2-8

Fraser, N., Furrer, H. 2013: A New Species of Macrocnemus from the Middle Triassic of the Eastern Swiss Alps. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 106: 199–206. DOI 10.1007/s00015-013-0137-5

Dehnert, A., Lowick, S.L., Preusser, F., Anselmetti, F.A., Drescher-Schneider, R., Graf, H.R., Heller, F., Horstmeyer, H., Kemna, H.A., Nowaczyk, N.R., Züger, A., and Furrer, H. 2012: Evolution of an overdeepened trough in the northern Alpine Foreland at Niederweningen, Switzerland. Quaternary Science Reviews 34: 127–145.

Anselmetti, F.S., Drescher-Schneider, R., Furrer, H., Graf, H.R., Lowick, S.E., Preusser, F. & Riedi, M.A. 2010: A ~180'000 years sedimentation history of a perialpine overdeepened glacial trough (Wehntal, N-Switzerland). Swiss Journal of Geosciences 103, 345–361; online version

Furrer, H. & Mäder, A. 2008: Mammutmuseum Niederweningen. Eine natur- und kulturgeschichtliche Ausstellung (2., erweiterte Auflage). Stiftung Mammutmuseum Niederweningen, 87 S.

Expertise of Heinz Furrer:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Topic LithosphereSediments: Formation, Dynamics, Metamorphism
Topic BiosphereBiodiversity
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems
Time FramePast: Quarternary
Past: Tertiary
Past: Jurassic
Past: Triassic
Time ScaleBillenial (Mio yrs)
MethodsData Collection
Data Analysis

Specialties of Heinz Furrer:
  • Stratigraphy of the Triassic and Jurassic

  • Paleoecology and taphonomy of marine and terrestrial Fossil-Lagerstaetten

  • Consulting for geological and palaeontological museums and collections

    Last update: 12/21/18
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