Thomas Tütken

Research Synopsis


Bones and teeth are valuable archives of the life history and behaviour of vertebrates. The bioapatite of the skeletal remains records in its element and isotope composition information about the animal’s diet, physiology and mobility as well as climate and environmental conditions (Fig. 1). If this geochemical information is not biased by chemical alteration during fossilisation, it can provide valuable insights into the palaeobiology, palaeoecology, and evolution of extinct vertebrates.

Figure 1: Bone isotopes.

I use different isotope systems (C, O, Ca, Sr, Nd, Lu-Hf) in fossil bones and teeth to infer their diet, body temperature, mobility and age. For such geochemical investigations it is crucial to monitor the chemical changes resulting from the fossilisation. Tooth enamel is the tissue with the best preservation potential for the original biogenic isotope compositions even over millions of years while bone seems to behave as an open system.

The chemical, mineralogical and histological changes in fossil skeletal remains during diagenesis themselves are a valuable source of information in their own right. They enable us to characterise and quantify the post-mortem history, diagenetic milieu, taphonomic processes and the timing of fossilisation and hence to what extent the original chemical information stored in the bioapatite and the biomolecules has been altered or retained.

As geochemist and palaeontologist my main research focus is on the isotope geochemistry of skeletal remains of fossil vertebrates of various taxa such as dinosaurs, mammals (including humans), sharks and others. I pursue my research in interdisciplinary research contexts with colleagues from different fields such as geochemistry, palaeontology, archaeology, anthropology, material sciences and animal nutrition.

My research directions include the following:

• Development and application of non-traditional isotope proxies for bioapatite

• Diet of extinct taxa; combined calcium isotope and dental wear analysis

• Thermophysiology of fossil vertebrates inferred from clumped isotope analysis

• Palaeoclimate reconstruction by phosphate oxygen isotopes

• Provenance and mobility determination of humans and animals by isotope fingerprinting

• Diagenesis and fossilisation processes of bones and teeth


CV

since October 2013: Academic Councilor (“Akademischer Rat”), Institute of Geosciences, Applied and Analytical Paleontology, University of Mainz, Germany

2013: Assistant professor, Steinmann-Institute, Environmental Geology, University of Bonn, Germany

2007–2012: Research group leader of the Emmy Noether-Group „Bone geochemistry”, Steinmann-Institute, Geochemistry, University of Bonn, Germany

2006–2007: Senior Research Associate, Institute of Geosciences, Applied and Analytical Paleontology, University of Mainz, Germany

2005–2006: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Geosciences, Geochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany

2003–2005: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Mineralogy and Geochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

1999–2003: Ph.D. student, Institute for Geoscience, Geochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany


Degrees earned

2003: Dr. rer. nat., Institute for Geoscience, Geochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany

1998: Diploma in Geology and Paleontology, University of Göttingen, Germany


Fellowships

2007-2012: Emmy Noether Research fellowship (DFG TU 148/2-1)

2005-2006: Postdoctoral fellowship (DFG TU 148/1-1)

1995-1998: Scholarship by the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"


Awards

2011: Best oral presentation, 22nd Senckenberg Conference "The World at the Time of Messel"

2004: Dissertation award: best geoscience dissertation, University of Tübingen, Germany


Publications

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    (46) Pietsch S and Tütken T 2015. Oxygen isotope composition of North American bobcat and puma bone phosphate: Implications for provenance and climate reconstruction. Isotopes in Environmental Science and Health Studies, accepted.

    (45) [pdf] McCormack JM, Bahr A, Gerdes A, Tütken T and Prinz-Grimm P 2015. Preservation of successive diagenetic events in Middle Triassic bonebeds: evidence from in situ trace element and strontium isotope analysis of vertebrate fossils. Chemical Geology 410, 108-123.

    (44) [pdf] Eagle RA, Enriquez M, Grellet-Tinner G., Hu D, Tütken T, Montanari S, Loyd SJ, Ramirez P, Tripati AK, Kohn M, Cerling THE, Chiappe LM, Eiler JM 2015. Isotopic (13C-18O) ordering in calcium carbonate eggshells reflects body temperatures and suggests differing thermophysiology in two Cretaceous dinosaurs. Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms9296.

    (43) [pdf] Walliser EO, Schöne BR, Tütken T, Zirkel J, Grimm KI and Pross J 2015. The bivalve Glycymeris planicostalis as a high-resolution paleoclimate archive for the Rupelian (early Oligocene) of Central Europe. Climate of the Past 11, 653-668. Full text available here.

    (42) [pdf] Britton K, Fuller BT, Tütken T, Mays S and Richards MP 2015. Oxygen isotope analysis of human bone phosphate evidences weaning in archaeological populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 157, 226-241.

    (41) [pdf] Tütken T and Absolon J 2015. Late Oligocene ambient temperatures reconstructed by stable isotope analysis of terrestrial and aquatic vertebrate fossils of Enspel. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 95, 17-31

    (40) [pdf] Wings O, Tütken T, Fowler DW, Martin T, Pfretzschner H-U and Ge S 2015. Dinosaur teeth from the Late Jurassic Qigu and Shishugou Formations of the Junggar Basin (Xinjiang/China) and their palaeoecologic implications. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 89, 485-502.

    (39) [pdf] Maurer A-F, Person A, Tütken T, Amblard-Pison S and Segalen L 2014. Bone diagenesis in arid environments: an intra-skeletal approach. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 416, 17-29.

    (38) [pdf] Tütken T 2014. Isotope compositions (C, O, Sr, Nd) of vertebrate fossils from the middle Eocene oil shale of Messel, Germany: implications for their taphonomy and palaeoenvironment. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 416, 17-29.

    (37) [pdf] Wacker U, Fiebig J, Schöne BR, Bahr A, Friedrich O, Tütken T, Gischler E and Joachimski MM 2014. Empirical calibration of the clumped isotope paleothermometer using calcites of various origins. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 141 , 127-144.

    (36) [pdf] Scherler L, Tütken T and Becker D 2014. Carbon and oxygen stable isotope compositions of late Pleistocene mammal teeth from dolines of the Ajoie (Northwestern Switzerland). Quaternary Research 82, 378-387.

    (35) [pdf] Steuer P, Südekum K-H, Tütken T, Müller DWH, Kaandorp J, Bucher M, Clauss M and Hummel J 2014. Does body mass convey a digestive advantage for large herbivores? Functional Ecology 28, 1127-1134.

    (34) [pdf] Dumont M, Tütken T, Kostka A, Duarte J and Borodin S 2014. Structural and functional characterization of enamel pigmentation in shrews. Journal of Structural Biology 186, 38-48.

    (33) [pdf] Tütken T, Kaiser TM, Vennemann TW and Merceron G 2013. Opportunistic feeding strategy for the earliest Old World hypsodont equids: evidence from stable isotope and dental wear proxies. PloS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074463.

    (32) [pdf] Fischer J, Schneider J, Voigt S, Joachimski M, Tichomirowa M, Tütken T, Götze J and Berner U 2013. Oxygen and strontium isotopes from fossil shark teeth: environmental and ecological implications for Late Palaeozoic European basins. Chemical Geology 342, 44-62.

    (31) [pdf] Herwartz D, Tütken T, Jochum K-P and Sander PM 2013. REE systematics of fossil bone revealed by LA-ICPMS. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 103, 161-183.

    (30) [pdf] Herwartz D, Münker C, Tütken T, Hoffmann JE, Wittke A and Barbier B 2013. Lu-Hf systematics of fossil biogenic apatite and their effects on geochronology. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 101, 328-343.

    (29) [pdf] Gehler A, Tütken T and Pack A 2012. Oxygen and carbon isotope variations in a modern rodent community – Implications for palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstructions. PloS ONE 7, e49531. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049531.

    (28) [pdf] Maurer A-F, Galer SJG, Knipper C, Beierlein L, Nunn EV, Peters D, Tütken T, Alt KW and Schöne BR 2012. Bioavailable 87Sr/86Sr in different environmental samples - Effects of anthropogenic contamination and implications for isoscapes in past migration studies. Science of the Total Environment 433, 216-229.

    (27) [pdf] Pietsch SJ, Hobson KA, Wassenaar LI and Tütken T 2011. Tracking cats: Problems with placing feline carnivores on δ18O, δD isoscapes. PloS ONE 6: e24601. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024601.

    (26) [pdf] Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2011. Nd and Sr isotope compositions in modern and fossil bones - proxies for vertebrate provenance and taphonomy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 5951-5970.

    (25) [pdf] Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2011. Fossil bones and teeth: Preservation or alteration of biogenic compositions? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310, 1-8.

    (24) [pdf] Eagle RA, Tütken T, Martin TS, Tripati AK, Fricke HC, Connely M, Cifelli RL and Eiler JM 2011. Dinosaur body temperatures determined from isotopic (13C-18O) bond ordering in fossil biominerals. Science 333, 443-445.

    (23) [pdf] Gehler A, Tütken T and Pack A 2011. Triple oxygen isotope analysis of bioapatite as tracer for diagenetic alteration of bones and teeth. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310, 84-91.

    (22) [pdf] Pfretzschner H-U and Tütken T 2011. Rolling bones - Taphonomy of Jurassic dinosaur bones inferred from diagenetic microcracks and mineral infillings. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 310, 117-123.

    (21) [pdf] [pdf] Bocherens H, Stiller M, Hobson KA, Pacher M, Rabeder G, Burns JA, Tütken T and Hofreiter M 2011. Niche partition between two sympatric genetically distinct cave bears (Ursus spelaeus and Ursus ingressus) and brown bear (Ursus arctos) from Austria: isotopic evidence from fossil bones. Quaternary International 245, 238-248.

    (20) [pdf] Sander PM, Christian A, Clauss M, Fechner R, Gee C, Griebeler E-M, Gunga H-C, Hummel J, Mallison H, Perry S, Preuschoft H, Rauhut O, Remes K, Tütken T, Wings O and Witzel U 2011. Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: the evolution of gigantism. Biological Reviews 86, 117-155.

    (19) [pdf] Heuser A, Tütken T, Gussone N and Galer SJG 2011. Calcium isotopes of fossil bones and teeth — diagenetic versus biogenic origin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3419-3433.

    (18) [pdf] Herwartz D, Tütken T, Münker C, Jochum K-P, Stoll B and Sander PM 2011. Timescales and mechanisms of REE and Hf uptake in fossil bones. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 82-105.

    (17) [pdf] Tütken, T. (2011): The diet of sauropod dinosaurs – Implications from carbon isotope analysis of teeth, bones, and plants. In: Klein, N., Remes, K., Gee, C. T. and Sander, P. M. (eds.): Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: Understanding the life of giants. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, pp 57-79.

    (16) [pdf] Klug S, Tütken T, Wings O, Sun G and Martin, T 2010. A Late Jurassic freshwater shark assemblage (Chondrichthyes, Hybodontiformes) from the southern Junggar Basin (Xinjiang, NW China). Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 90, 241-257.

    (15) [pdf] Müller S, Tarasova PE, Andreev AA, Tütken T, Gartz S and Diekmann B 2010: Late Quaternary vegetation and environments 1 in the Verkhoyansk Mountains region (NE Asia) reconstructed from a 50-kyr fossil pollen record from Lake Billyakh. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 2071-2086.

    (14) [pdf] Eagle RA, Schauble EA, Tripati AK, Tütken T, Hulbert RC and Eiler JM 2010. Body temperatures of modern and extinct vertebrates from 13C-18O bond abundances in bioapatite. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, 10377-10382.

    (13) [pdf] Schöne BR, Zhang Z, Jacob D, Gillikin DP, Tütken T, Garbe-Schönberg D, McConnaughey T and Soldati A 2010. Effect of organic matrices on the determination of the trace element chemistry (Mg, Sr, Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca) of aragonitic bivalve shells (Arctica islandica) – comparison of ICP-OES and LA-ICP-MS data. Geochemical Journal 44, 23-37.

    (12) [pdf] Zacke A, Voigt S, Joachimski M, Gale A, Ward D and Tütken T 2009. Surface water freshening and high-latitude river discharge in the Eocene North Sea. Journal of the Geological Society 166, 969-980.

    (11) [pdf] Klein N, Scheyer T and Tütken T 2009. Skeletochronology and isotopic analysis of a captive individual of Alligator mississippiensis Daudin, 1802. Fossil Record 12, 121-131

    (10) [pdf] Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2009. Stable isotope ecology of Miocene mammals of Sandelzhausen, Germany. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 83, 207-226

    (9) [pdf] Kocsis L, Vennemann TW, Hegner E, Fontignie D and Tütken T 2009. Constraints on the paleoceanography and paleoclimate of the Miocene north Alpine Molasse, Vienna and Pannonian Basins: records of the O-, Sr-, and Nd-isotope composition of marine fish and mammal remains. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 271, 117-129.

    (8) [pdf] Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2008. Early diagenesis of bone and tooth apatite in fluvial and marine settings: Constraints from combined oxygen isotope, nitrogen and REE analysis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 266, 254-268.

    (7) [pdf] Tütken T, Langenegger E and Wild W 2008. Einheimisch oder fremd? Isotopenanalyse einer Frau des 9. Jh. n. Chr. aus Elsau, Kanton Zürich, Schweiz. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 66, 1-32.

    (6) [pdf] Tütken T, Furrer H and Vennemann TW 2007. Stable isotope compositions of mammoth teeth from Niederweningen, Switzerland: Implications for the Late Pleistocene climate, environment and diet. Quaternary International 164-165, 139-150.

    (5) [pdf] Tütken T, Vennemann TW, Janz H and Heizmann HEP 2006. Palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate of the Middle Miocene lake in the Steinheim basin, SW Germany, a reconstruction from C, O, and Sr isotopes of fossil remains. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 241, 457-491.

    (4) [pdf] Tütken T, Pfretzschner H-U, Vennemann TW, Sun G and Wang YD 2004. Paleobiology and Skeletochronology of Jurassic Dinosaurs: Implications from the histology and oxygen isotope compositions of bones. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 206, 217-238.

    (3) [pdf] Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2004. Analyse stabiler und radiogener Isotope in archäologischem Skelettmaterial: Herkunftsbestimmung des karolingischen Maultiers von Frankenthal und Vergleich mit spätpleistozänen Großsäugerknochen aus den Rheinablagerungen. Prähistorische Zeitschrift 79, 89-110.

    (2) [pdf] Tütken T, Eisenhauer A, Wiegand B and Hansen BT 2002. Glacial-interglacial cycles in Sr and Nd isotopic composition of Arctic marine sediments triggered by the Svalbard/Barents Sea ice sheet. Marine Geology 182, 351-372.

    (1) [pdf] Eisenhauer A, Meyer H, Rachold V, Tuetken T, Wiegand B, Hansen BT, Spielhagen RF, Lindemann F and Kassens H 1999. Grain size separation and sediment mixing in Arctic Ocean sediments; evidence from the strontium isotope systematic. Chemical Geology 158, 173-188.

  • Other publicationsOpen or Close

    (5) Karl H-V, Lindow BEK and Tütken T 2012. Miocene Leatherback turtle material of the genus Psephophorus (Testudines: Dermochelyoidea) from the Gram Formation (Denmark). Studia Palaeocheloniologica 4, 247-258

    (4) Tütken T 2010. Die Isotopenanalyse fossiler Skelettreste – Bestimmung der Herkunft und Mobilität von Menschen und Tieren. In: H. Meller and K.W. Alt (Hrsg.), Anthropologie, Isotopie und DNA – biografische Annäherung an namenlose vorgeschichtliche Skelette. Tagungsband 2. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag. Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 3, 33-51.

    (3) Reimann CK and Tütken T 2009. Isotopengeochemische Untersuchungen zur Ermittlung der Ernährungsgewohnheiten frühholozäner Menschen in der Oberrheinebene. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte 16, 147-159.

    (2) Tütken T, Knipper C and Alt KW 2008. Mobilität und Migration im archäologischen Kontext: Informationspotential von Multi-Element-Isotopenanalysen (Sr, Pb, O). In: Kulturwandel in Mitteleuropa Langobarden – Awaren – Slawen, Akten der Internationalen Tagung in Bonn vom 25. bis 28. Februar, Hrsg.: Jan Bemmann and Michael Schmauder, Kolloquien zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte 11, 13-42.

    (1) Emery E, Tütken T, Becker D, Bucher S, Flückiger PF and Berger J-P 2007. Rickenbach unter der Tropen…vor 25 Millionen Jahren. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft des Kantons Solothurn 40, 53-63.

  • ThesesOpen or Close

    (3) Tütken T 2003. Die Bedeutung der Knochenfrühdiagenese für die Erhaltungsfähigkeit in vivo erworbener Element- und Isotopenzusammensetzungen in fossilen Knochen. Universität Tübingen, 343 p. Online Dissertation.

    (2) Tütken T 1998. Mittelproterozoische Magmatite, Metamorphite und Migmatite des Transskandinavischen Magmatitgürtels, E´ von Västrum, SE Schweden. Unpublished Diploma map and report, 62 p., Universität Göttingen.

    (1) Tütken T 1998. Sr- und Nd-Isotopenmessungen an marinen Sedimenten als Tracer für die zeitliche und räumliche Variation der spätquartären Sedimentation im östlichen Arktischen Ozean. Unpublished Diploma thesis, 127 p., Universität Göttingen.

  • Conference contributionsOpen or Close

    (92) Stamm FM, Tütken T, Heuser A, Bernard A, Nagel T and Geisler T 2014. Experimental alteration of bone in acidic solutions. 92. DMG-Jahrestagung, Jena 21-24.9.2014.

    (91) den Ouden N, van Oostrom R, Tütken T, van der Plicht J, Kuitems M and de Vos J 2014. Contamination study: a possibly Holocene mammoth tooth appears to be from just another old mammoth. VIth International Conference on Mammoths and their Relatives, Grevena, 5.-12.5.2014, Siatista.

    (90) Tütken T 2014. Isotope compositions (C, O, Sr) of vertebrate fossils from the Middle Eocene oil shale of Messel, Germany: implications for their taphonomy and palaeoenvironment. SVP 74 Annual Meeting, Berlin 5-8.11.2014 (Poster)

    (89) Žigaite Z, Kear B, Tütken T, Whitehouse M, Jochimski MM, Jeffries T and Blom H 2014. Oxygen isotope records in fossil bioapatite reveal southern high-latitude low-temperature environment during the Early Cretaceous. 24ième Reunion Sciences de la Terre, Pau 27-31.10.2014.

    (88) Müller-Scheeßel N, Grupe G and Tütken T 2014. The usage of the Dietersberg cave during the Early Iron Age: old theories tested by new methods. European Association of Archaeologists, 20th Annual Meeting, Istanbul 10.-14.9.2014.

    (87) Tütken T 2014. Non-traditional isotope approaches to infer the (thermo-)physiology of fossil vertebrates. 3rd International Congress of Respiratory Science, Bad Honnef 6-10.7.2014. (Talk, invited)

    (86) Zigaite Z, Kear B, Joachimski MM, Tütken T, Whitehouse M, Blom H 2013. Geochemistry of dental bioapatite, the key to palaeoclimate. Proceedings of the 3rd IGCP 591 Annual Meeting, 361.

    (85) Eagle R, Enriquez M, Grellet-Tinner G, Tütken T and Eiler J 2013. Measuring the body temperature of a dinosaur? The potential for paleophysiological studies from the analysis of 13C-18O ordering in fossil biominerals. SVP Program and Abstracts 119.

    (84) Stamm FM, Tütken T, Heuser A, Bernard A, Nagel T, Geisler T 2013. Experimental alteration of bone in acidic solutions. 7th International Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Lyon 22-25.10.2013. Abstract volume, p. 45.

    (83) Tütken T 2013. Preservation of pristine stable isotope signatures (C, O, Sr) in 47 Myr-old enamel from Eocene oil shales of Messel, Germany. 7th International Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Lyon 22-25.10.2013. Abstract volume, p. 19. (Talk)

    (82) Bernard A, Tütken T, Gerdes A 2013. Boron isotopes in bones and teeth: a new proxy for dietary reconstructions and its resistance to diagenetic alteration. 7th International Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Lyon 22-25.10.2013. Abstract volume, p. 48.

    (81) Tütken T, Held P, Galer SJG 2013. Isotopes in vertebrate bioapatite: proxies for climate, pCO2 and diet. Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, 25.-30.5.2013 (Keynote Talk)

    (80) Tütken T 2013. Skeletochronology and beyond – reading fossil bones and teeth; histological and geochemical archives for life history. 3rd International Sclerochronology Meeting, Bangor, 18.-22.5.2013 (Keynote Talk)

    (79) Tütken T 2013. Stable isotope compositions of fossil vertebrate remains and their potential for palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. Sino-German Symposium: Late Cenozoic Environmental Change in Eastern Eurasia and Its impact on Past and Present Biodiversity, Xishuangbanna, China. 19.-25.3.2013 (Talk, invited)

    (78) Enriquez MV, Eagle R, Eiler JM, Tripati AK, Ramirez PC, Loyd SJ, Chiappe L, Montanari S., Norell M, Tuetken T 2012. Assessment of diagenetic alteration of dinosaur eggshells through petrography and geochemical analysis. ED23B-0771 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.

    (77) Tütken T 2012. Exceptional geochemical preservation of 47 Myr-old vertebrate remains from the Eocene Messel Pit, Germany? Terra Nostra 2012/3, P. 180. (Talk)

    (76) Soler-Gijón R, Tütken T and Witzmann F 2012. The phosphate nodules associated to skeletons of the Triassic temnospondyl Plagiosuchus pustuliferus – biogenic versus diagenetic origin? Terra Nostra 2012/3, P. 169.

    (75) Rutz T, Tütken T, Wacker U and Fiebig J 2012. Readdressing the calibration of the ‘clumped isotope’ paleothermometer for bioapatites. European Mineralogical Conference, Vol. 1, EMC2012-376.

    (74) Gehler A, Tütken T and Pack A 2012. Oxygen isotope analysis of skeletal bioapatite of modern rodents - implications for (palaeo-)climatic studies. European Mineralogical Conference, Vol. 1, EMC2012-717-1.

    (73) Herwartz D, Münker C, Tütken T, Hoffmann JE, Wittke A and Barbier B 2012. Fossil bones in action – uptake, loss and redistribution of REE and Hf. European Mineralogical Conference, Vol. 1, EMC2012-474.

    (72) Dumont M, Kostka A and Tütken T 2012. Early diagenesis in Late Jurassic sauropod teeth revealed by transmission electron microscopy. Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, PSSA’2012 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 5 – 8 September 2012.

    (71) Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2012. Tertiary climate in Central Europe inferred from δ18Op analysis of fossil mammal teeth from Germany and Switzerland. IsoPhos Meeting, Ascona 24.-29.6.2012. (Talk)

    (70) Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2012. Tertiary climate in Molasse basin inferred from δ18Op analysis of fossil mammal teeth from Germany and Switzerland. Molasse Meeting, Vienna 27.4.-38.4.2012. (Talk)

    (69) Tütken T, Turck R and Zeeb-Lanz A 2012. Provenance of butchered human individuals discovered in the exceptional Neolithic site of Herxheim, SW Germany: Evidence from phosphate oxygen isotope analysis of human teeth. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, EGU2012-4711-2. (Talk)

    (68) Tütken T and Poppe H 2011. Paleoenvironment and habitat of Late Miocene mammals from Höwenegg, SW Germany inferred from O, C and Sr isotope compositions of fossil teeth. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 212 (Talk, invited)

    (67) Broska J, Tütken T, Galer SJG, Held P and Alt KW 2011. Assessing calcium isotopes as a dietary proxy for terrestrial vertebrates. Mineralogical Magazine 75, 585.

    (66) Herwartz D, Tütken T, Jochum KP and Sander M 2011. REE in fossil biogenic apatite. Mineralogical Magazine 75, 1017.

    (65) Tütken T 2011. Fossilisation processes and timescales of bones and teeth – implications for geochemcial reconstructions of palaeoenvironment and taphonomy. 6th International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization. Tübingen, June 14-17, 2011. (Keynote)

    (64) Pietsch S and Tütken T 2011. Wild cats forensics: Multi-isotope fingerprinting as a tool to trace the geographic origin of North American felids. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13, EGU2011-10943-1.

    (63) Tütken T, Eagle RA, Heuser A, Herwartz D and Galer SJG 2011. Non-traditional isotope analysis of fossil bones and teeth – Preservation of biogenic compositions or diagenetic alteration? Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13, EGU2011-12976. (Keynote)

    (62) Santillan JD, Boyce JW, Eagle RA, Martin T, Tütken T and Eiler JM 2010. X-ray tomography as a non-destructive tool for evaluating the preservation of primary isotope signatures and mineralogy of Mesozoic fossils. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010, abstract V43F-06.

    (61) Tütken T and Herwartz D 2010. Timescales of REE and element uptake into fossil bones – Implications for palaeoenvironmental and taphonomic reconstructions. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 160. (Talk, invited)

    (60) Tütken T 2010. Isotope analysis of Eocene vertebrate remains from the Messel Pit, Germany – Preservation of original compositions? Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften Heft 68, 559. (Talk)

    (59) Broska J, Tütken T and Alt K 2010. Assessing calcium isotopes as dietary proxy for terrestrial vertebrates. SVP Program and Abstracts A65.

    (58) Heuser A, Tütken T, Gussone N and Galer SJG 2010. Calcium isotopes of fossil bones and teeth – biogenic versus diagenetic origin. DMG 2010 Abstracts P154.

    (57) Pietsch S and Tütken T 2010. Tracing the geographic origin of felids with multi-isotope fingerprinting: A case study of North American bobcats and pumas. VII ISOECOL Meeting, Fairbanks 8.-13.8.2010.

    (56) Tütken T 2010. Fossil bones and teeth: geochemical and histological archives for life history and palaeobiology. Terra Nostra 2010/3, 82. 2nd Sclerochronology Meeting, 24-28 July, Mainz (Keynote)

    (55) Eagle R, Schauble E, Tripati A, Tütken T, Fricke H, Hulburt R and Eiler J 2010. Clumped isotope’ thermometry in bioapatite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74 (12), Supplement 1, A256.

    (54) Scherler L, Tütken T, Vennemann T, Becker D and Berger J-P 2010. Palaeoecological considerations in Oligocene vertebrates of Western Europe — C and O stable isotope compositions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74 (12), Supplement 1, A921.

    (53) Müller S, Tarasov PE, Andreev AA, Tütken T, Gartz S and Diekmann B 2010. 50-kyr vegetation history in the western Verkhoyansk Mountains region (NE Asia) reconstructed from fossil pollen data. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-4581-1.

    (52) Eagle R, Schauble EA, Tripati AK, Fricke HC, Tuetken T and Eiler JM 2009. A paleothermometer based on abundances of 13C-18O bonds in bioapatite: Calibration and reconstruction of the body temperatures of extinct Cenozoic mammals and Mesozoic dinosaurs. Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Abstract PP31B-1342.

    (51) Scherler L Tütken T, Becker D and Berger J-P 2009. Terrestrial palaeoclimatical and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in Northwestern Switzerland: carbon and oxygen isotope compositions of Early Oligocene and Late Pleistocene vertebrate remains. 7th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Neuchâtel 20.-21.11.2009.

    (50) Tütken T 2009. Dinosaur bones and teeth – a geochemical archive to Jurassic Park. Japanese-German Frontiers of Science (JAGFoS) Symposium. Tokio 20.10.-1.11.2009. (Poster)

    (49) Tütken T 2009. Isotope analysis a tool to reconstruct the behaviour and environment of early humans. Symposium and workshops “Human expansions and Global Change in the Pleistocene – Methods and Problems”. Frankfurt a. M., 16.-20.11.2009. Program and abstracts, 49-50. (Keynote)

    (48) Tütken T and Poppe H 2009. Palaeoecology and habitat of the Late Miocene mammals from Höwenegg (MN 9): Implications of isotope (O, C, Sr) compositions of fossil teeth. Terra Nostra 2009/3, 116. (Poster)

    (47) Gehler A, Kröger M, Tütken T and Pack A 2009. Oxygen triple isotope composition as a new tracer for tooth and bone diagenesis of fossil vertebrates. 6th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Bonn 18.-21.9.2009.

    (46) Herwartz D, Tütken T, Münker C and Sander PM 2009. The timescales of REE uptake in fossil bone: Implications for Lu-Hf geochronology. 6th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Bonn 18.-21.9.2009.

    (45) Heuser A, Tütken T and Galer SJG 2009. Calcium isotopes (44/40Ca) of fossil bones and teeth – biogenic versus diagenetic origin. 6th Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Bonn 18.-21.9.2009.

    (44) Tütken T, Rollion-Bard C and Sander PM 2009. Ion probe intra-bone oxygen isotope analysis – implications for archosaur growth and biomineralization. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (suppl. to 3), A193-A194. (Talk)

    (43) Heuser A, Tütken T and Galer SJG 2009. Calcium isotope systematics of dinosaur Teeth. 19th Goldschmidt Conference, Davos 21. -26.06.2009. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73 (13), Supplement 1, A528.

    (42) Herwartz D, Tütken T, Münker C and Sander PM 2009. Lu-Hf dating of biogenic phosphates - prospects and pitfalls. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73 (13), Supplement 1, A527.

    (41) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2009. Nd isotopes in modern and fossil bones – tracers for provenance and diagenesis. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73 (13), Supplement 1, A1356. (Talk)

    (40) Becker D, Scherler L, Tütken T, Aubry D and Detrey J. 2008. The Late Pleistocene mammalian fauna from Ajoie (Northwestern Switzerland): stratigraphy, taphonomy, palaeoecology. 6th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lugano 21.-23.11.2008.

    (39) Herwartz D. Tütken T, Münker C, Sander PM, Stoll B and Jochum KP 2008. Trace element and REE distribution in fossil bone – implications for Lu-Hf dating of diagenesis. Jahrestagung Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, Berlin 15.-17.9.2008.

    (38) Tütken T, Heuser A and Herwartz D 2008. Fossilisation of bones and teeth – which information is lost, which preserved? Erlanger geologische Abhandlungen, Sonderband 6, 67-68. (Keynote)

    (37) Tütken T, Gee C, Sander M and Hummel J 2008. The diet of sauropods: implications from carbon isotope compositions of potential food plants and skeletal remains. 12th International Palynological Congress / 8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference, Bonn 31.8.-5.9.2008. Terra Nostra 2008/2, 287. (Poster)

    (36) Tütken T, Kaiser T and Vennemann TW 2008. Diet and habitat of Upper Miocene Hippotherium primigenium (Perissodactyla, Equidae) of central Europe: implications from stable isotope and mesowear analyses of teeth. Molasse Meeting, Stuttgart 16.-17.5.2008. (Talk)

    (35) Poppe H and Tütken T 2008. Palaeoecology and habitat of the mammals from Höwenegg (MN 9): Implications of isotope (O, C, Sr) compositions of teeth. Molasse Meeting, Stuttgart 16.-17.5.2008.

    (34) Tütken T and Mörs T 2008. Isotope fingerprinting of the first Tertiary land mammal from Scandinavia. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver 13.-18.7.2008. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, (12), Supplement 1, A 963 (Talk)

    (33) Heuser A, Tütken T, Gussone N and Galer SJG 2008. δ44/40Ca of fossil bones and teeth – ontogenetic versus diagenetic origin. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver 13.-18.7.2008. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, (12), Supplement 1, A 374

    (32) Herwartz D, Tütken T, Münker C, Sander PM, Stoll B and Jochum KP 2008. Concentration profiles of trace elements in fossil dinosaur bone. Goldschmidt Conference, Vancouver 13.-18.7.2008. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, (12), Supplement 1, A 373.

    (31) Kalthoff DC and Tütken T 2007. Stable isotope compositions of extant xenarthran teeth and their potential for the reconstruction of the diet of fossil xenarthrans (Mammalia). 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, ICVM 8 - Abstracts: 62.

    (30) Tütken T, Rollion-Bard C and Sander M 2007. Intra-bone oxygen isotope seasonality patterns – a promising new approach for vertebrate skeletochronology? 1st Sclerochronology Conference (17.-20.3.2007, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA). (Keynote)

    (29) Tütken T, Rollion-Bard C and Sander M 2007. Bone oxygen isotope profiles (SIMS, Micromill) −Implications for archosaur growth and biomineralization. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, (15), Supplement 1, A1043. (Talk)

    (28) Tütken T 2007. Geochemistry of fossil bones and teeth – reconstruction of past environments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, (15), Supplement 1, A1043. (Keynote)

    (27) Wings O, Sander PM, Tütken T, Fowler DW and Sun G 2007. Growth and life history of Asia´s largest dinosaur. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27, (suppl. to 3), A167.

    (26) Kalthoff DC and Tütken T 2007. Stable isotope and elemental compositions of extant xenarthran teeth and their potential as diet and habitat proxies of fossil xenarthrans (Mammalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27, (suppl. to 3), A97.

    (25) Tütken T, Sander M and Hummel J 2006. The diet of sauropod dinosaurs – carbon isotope compositions of fossil bones and potential food plants. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26, (suppl. to 3), 134A. (Poster)

    (24) Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2006. A 30 Ma record of palaeoclimate for Central Europe on the basis of stable isotope compositions of Middle Eocene to Late Miocene mammal teeth from the Molasse Basin. Molasse Meeting (5.-6.5.2006, Geneva, Switzerland). (Talk)

    (23) Vennemann TW, Tütken T, Kocsis L and Mullis J 2005. Changes in the Circum-Alpine Climate as a Function of the Alpine Upliftment: Constraints from Isotopic Compositions of Fossils, Sediments, and Vein Quartz. Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract T31E-01.

    (22) Vennemann TW, Tütken T, Kocsis L and Mullis J 2005. Changes in the north-Alpine climate as a function of the Alpine upliftment: constraints from isotopic compositions of fossils and sediments of the Molasse, and Alpine vein quartz. 3rd Swiss Geoscience Meeting SGM (18.-19.11.2005, Zurich, Switzerland).

    (21) Tütken T and Vennemann TW 2005. A 20 Ma record of paleoclimate for Central Europe and mammalian paleodiet on the basis of stable isotope compositions of Oligocene/Miocene mammal teeth from the Northern Alpine Foreland Basin. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 37, 7, p. 459. (Talk)

    (20) Tütken T, Pfretzschner H-U and Vennemann TW 2005. Early diagenesis of bone and tooth phosphate: Implications from isotopic and elemental compositions of Late Pleistocene mammal remains from fluvial, marine, and permafrost settings. 5th International Bone Diagenesis Meeting, Beyond Documenting Diagenesis, Cape Town, Abstract Vol, p. 50. (Talk)

    (19) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2005. Oxygen isotope composition of bone and tooth phosphate – a proxy for palaeoclimate and the influence of diagenesis. First international workshop on taphonomy and biochemistry applied to human and environmental sciences, Paris, Topic: Is the geochemical record of ecological and biological signals in skeletal remains reliable enough? Abstract-Volume, pp. 21-22. (Talk)

    (18) Tütken T, Vennemann TW, Janz H and Heizmann EPJ 2005. Palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstructions for the impact-crater lake of the Steinheim Basin, Middle Miocene, SW Germany: a multi-proxy stable isotope approach on phosphatic and carbonaceous fossil skeletal remains. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 7, EGU05-A05672. (Poster)

    (17) Tütken T, Vennemann TW, Janz H and Heizmann EPJ 2004. Palaeoclimate reconstruction for the Middle Miocene using the oxygen isotope compositions of mammal teeth and biogenic carbonates from the Steinheim and Molasse basins. 2nd Swiss Geoscience Meeting SGM, Abstract Volume, pp. 314-315. (Talk)

    (16) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Janz H 2004. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction from stable isotopic compositions of fossil skeletal remains of the Middle Miocene freshwater Steinheim basin, SW Germany. Geological Society of America, GSA Abstracts with Programs, 36, A13-3, 37. (Talk)

    (15) Tütken T, Kocsis L and Vennemann TW 2004. Palaeoclimatic and palaeoceanographic reconstructions for the Molasse Basin: application of multiple isotope proxies on fossil skeletal remains and sediments. Molasse Meeting, Freiburg, Abstracts. (Talk)

    (14) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2003. Isotopenzusammensetzung (O, Sr, Nd) oligozäner Seekuhknochen und Haizähne aus dem Unteren Meeressand, Rückschlüsse auf die Paläozeanographie des Mainzer Beckens. Terra Nostra, 03/3, 159-160. (Talk)

    (13) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2003. Oxygen isotope composition of bone and tooth phosphate – a palaeoclimate proxy for the terrestrial and marine fossil record and its diagenetic alteration. 1st Swiss Geoscience Meeting SGM (28.-29.11.2003, Basel, Switzerland) Abstract Volume, p. 105. (Talk)

    (12) Tütken T 2002. Klima und Knochen – Die Mammutsteppenfauna Sibiriens, ein kontinentales Klima-Archiv. 29. Treffen des Arbeitskreises Wirbeltierpaläntologie, Laimering bei München, Abstract Volume. (Talk)

    (11) Kuznetsova TV, Sulerzhitski LD, Tütken T and Schirrmeister L 2002. New evidence of the „Mammoth“ fauna from the Arctic region of northern Siberia: mammals environment and ecology. QUEEN Abschluß-Meeting in Spiez/Schweiz, Abstract Volume.

    (10) Tütken T, Kuznetsova TV, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2002. Late Pleistocene-Holocene climate of Siberia deduced from oxygen isotope compositions of mammoth and horse bone phosphate. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 66, S 1, A885. (Talk)

    (9) Tütken T, Pfretzschner H-U and Vennemann TW 2002. Klimabeeinflusste Wachstumszyklen in Dinosaurierknochen – Histologische und isotopengeochemische Untersuchungen. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft, 21, A 334-335. (Talk)

    (8) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2001. Diagenetic alteration of biogenic phosphate. – constraints from oxygen isotope analysis of vertebrate fossils from Neogene marine deposits. EUG 11, Strasbourg, J. Conf. Abs., 6, 500. (Talk)

    (7) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2001. Neodym in fossilen Knochen – ein elementarer und isotopischer Tracer für das Milieu der Knochendiagenese. 5. Geochemie Tagung, Tübingen, Terra Nostra, 5/01, 72-74. (Poster)

    (6) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2001. Neodymium isotopic composition of fossil bones – a diagenetic tracer. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 33, A390. (Talk)

    (5) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2000. Bone diagenesis - effects on S, O, Sr, and Nd isotopic composition of biogenic phosphate. 78. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft, Heidelberg, Berichte der Deutschen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft, Beiheft zum European Journal of Mineralogy, 12, 218. (Talk)

    (4) Tütken T, Vennemann TW and Pfretzschner H-U 2000. Early diagenesis of mammal bone - a multi isotopic approach (S, O, Sr and Nd). – on fossilized material. 2nd Conference on: Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies, Braunschweig, Book of Abstracts, 119. (Poster)

    (3) Tuetken T, Eisenhauer A, Hansen B and Wiegand B 1999. Sr and Nd isotopes as tracers for climate dependent variations of the sediment provenance and transport processes in the eastern Arctic Ocean during the late Quaternary. In: European Union of Geosciences conference abstracts; EUG 10. Journal of Conference Abstracts, 4, 1, 165. Cambridge Publications, Cambridge, United Kingdom. (Talk)

    (2) Tütken T, Eisenhauer A, and Hansen BT 1999. Strontium and Neodymium isotopes as tracers for climate induced variations of the sediment provenance and transport processes in the Eastern Arctic Ocean during the Late Quaternary. 3. Geochemiker-Tagung, Göttingen, Abstract Volume, 51-52. (Talk)

    (1) Tütken T, Eisenhauer A and Hansen BT 1998. Strontium and Neodymium isotopes as tracers for climate induced variations of the sediment transport processes in the Eastern Arctic Ocean during the late Quaternary. Terra Nostra, 98/3. Geo-Berlin. (Talk)

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    (5) [pdf] Tütken T, Turck R and Zeeb-Lanz A 2012. Sauerstoffisotopenanalysen menschlicher Zähne der jungsteinzeitlichen Grubenanlage von Herxheim – Hinweise zur Herkunft und Mobilität der Individuen. Metalla, Sonderheft 5, 95-98. (Poster)

    (4) [pdf] Tütken T 2011. Exceptional geochemical preservation of vertebrate remains from the Eocene Messel Pit, Germany – Paleoenvironmental and paleoecological implications of the stable isotope signatures. In: The world at the time of Messel: Puzzles in palaeobiology, palaeoenvironment, and the history of early primates. (eds. Lehmann T. and Schaal S. F. K.) 22nd International Senckenberg Conference, Frankfurt am Main. Conference Volume. Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 164-165. (Talk)

    (3) Tütken T and Hone DWE 2010. The ecology of pterosaurs based on carbon and oxygen isotope analysis. Third International Symposium on Pterosaurs. Acta Geoscientica Sinica 31, Supp.1, 65-67. (Poster)

    (2) [pdf] Tütken T, Sander M, Hummel J and Gee C 2007. Ernährung und Mobilität von Sauropoden – Informationspotential der Isotopenzusammensetzung von Knochen und Zähnen. Hallesches Jahrb. Geowiss. Beiheft 23, 85-92. (Talk)

    (1) [pdf] Bocherens H, Conard NJ, Germonpré M, Hofreiter M, Münzel S, Stephan E and Tütken T 2007. Isotopic biogeochemistry and the evolution of cave bear ecology during Marine Oxygen Isotopic Stage 3 in Western and Central Europe. Scripta Fac. Sci. Nat. Univ. Masaryk. Brun., Geology 35, 103-106.

Research


Skeletochronology
  • Assessing the diet of the extinct giant flightless bird Gastornis by Ca isotope analysis (Collaborators: Dr. Stephen Galer MPI for Chemistry Mainz; Dipl. Biol. Petra Held, Univ. Mainz, Dr. Meinolf Hellmund, Geiseltalmuseum, ZNS, Univ. Halle )

  • Calcium isotopes in human teeth: a proxy for breast feeding? (Collaborators: Dr. Stephen Galer, MPI for Chemistry Mainz; Dipl. Biol. Petra Held, Univ. Mainz)

  • Provenance determination of medieval humans and horses from Diepensee (Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Gisela Grupe, Univ. Munich, Germany; Dr. Susanne Jahns, Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Zossen, Germany)

  • Provenancing the victims of ritual Neolithic cannibalism from Herxheim (Collaborators: Dr. Andrea Zeeb-Lanz, Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz Landesarchäologie, Außenstelle Speyer; Dr. Rouven Turck, Univ. Zurich)

  • Mobility of Pleistocene horses in the Neuwied Basin inferred from intra-tooth isotope analysis (Collaborators: Dr. Olaf Joeris and Dr. Lutz Kindler, RGZM, Mon Repos; MSc. Andreas Wittke, Univ. Cologne)

  • Palaeoecology and palaeoenvironment of Eocene vertebrates from Messel (Collaborators: Dr. Stephan Schaal and Dr. Sonja Wedmann, Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt / Main, Messel Research Station)

  • Pterosaur diets inferred from stable isotope analysis (Collaborator: Dr. David Hone, Univ. London, UK)

  • Isotopologue thermometry of fossil hard tissues: A new approach to inferring dinosaur body temperature (Collaborators: Dr. Robert Eagle, UCLA, USA; Prof. Dr. John Eiler, Caltech, USA)

  • Bioapatite clumped isotope thermometry - ambient and body temperature reconstruction (Collaborators: Dr. Jens Fiebig, Univ. Frankfurt, Germany; Prof. Dr. Michael Böttcher, Inst. Baltic Sea Research)

  • Boron isotope analysis of bioapatite: a new proxy for diet and seawater pH? (Collaborator: Dr. Aurélien Bernard, Univ. Nantes, France)