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author ritscheIndira S. Ritsche. Bezirksamt Lichtenberg von Berlin, Rathaus Lichtenberg, Möllendorfstraße 6, D-10367 Berlin, Germany.

Indira Ritsche studied Biology from 2002 to 2008 in Greifswald and Berlin. She became research assistent at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin between 2013 to 2016. In 2018, the graduated biologist specialized in palaeontology completed her doctorate at the Humboldt University Berlin. Indira continued in 2020 her career as a collections manager in the Museum für Naturkunde but changed recently to the Berlin public governance branch in the Lichtenberg district. Her research focus continues to be on marine mammals and specially on whales with particular interest in functional morphology of the auditory organ.



author hampeOliver Hampe. Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Invalidenstraße 43, D-10115 Berlin, and Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Fachrichtung Paläontologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin, Germany. Corresponding author.

The German Associate Professor Oliver Hampe studied Chemistry and Geology-Palaeontology from 1981 to 1987 in Düsseldorf and Mainz. In 1991, the graduated geologist completed his doctorate at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. In 1996 he began his work as a curator in the fossil vertebrate collections of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and is now senior scientist in the Department of Evolutionary Morphology. In 2003 he habilitated in Palaeobiology and Zoology at the Humboldt University Berlin. His research focuses on extinct aquatic vertebrates (elasmobranchs, plesiosaurs, cetaceans), palaeopathology, and geoarchaeology. Currently, Oliver teaches Vertebrate Palaeontology and Historical Geology at the Free University Berlin.