Marty Daniel

Research director

"Resp. scientifique et membre de la direction "

TEL +41 (0)32 420 84 28





- Master in Earth Sciences (2001, University of Basel, Switzerland)

- PhD thesis (2008, University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

- Editor-in-chief Swiss Journal of Palaeontology

- Editor (Palaeontology) Swiss Journal of Geosciences

- Associate editor Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity

- Board member of the Swiss Palaeontological Society and the Commission of the Swiss

- Palaeontological Memoires



I am a research palaeontologist at the Palaeontology A16 responsible for the excavation, documentation, and scientific research of several, large-scale dinosaur tracksites of international importance. During ten years, from 2002 until 2011, these sites were systematically excavated in the Canton Jura (NW Switzerland) prior to the construction of Highway A16. This resulted in the documentation of six tracksites with four Late Jurassic track-bearing intervals, deposited on tidal flats of the Jura carbonate platform. 59 ichnoassemblages (equalling approximately 17’000 m2) with at least 13’475 tracks including 256 sauropod trackways and 405 trackways of tridactyl, bipedal dinosaurs (chiefly theropods) were documented with standard ichnological and state-of-the-art 3D imaging technologies, i.e. LIDAR (Riedl) laserscanning, high-resolution (Faro) laserscanning, close-range photogrammetry, and stereo photographs.Until the project end of the Palaeontology A16 in 2018, this unique dinosaur ichnological database (collection & documentation) will be evaluated, organized, and subjected to scientific studies.I can invite you to a dropbox folder with pdfs of my publications and a documentary movie about the highway excavations. Simply let me know your e-mail address.



My research mainly focuses on vertebrate (dinosaur) ichnology. Besides preservational (sedimentological and taphonomical) aspects of vertebrate tracks including neoichnological experiments, I am also interested in the systematic (statistical) analyses of trackway parameters in order to better understand their variability and their relationships with the locomotion capabilities and paleoecology of the trackmakers. Working part time at the Natural History Museum Base, I’m editor-in-chief of the Swiss Journal of Palaeontology and editor (Palaeontology) for the Swiss Journal of Geosciences. In the fall semester 2014 I have obtained a lectureship for “Introduction to palaeontology and exercises” at the University of Basel. Besides dinosaurs, I’m also interested in the aquatic realm (coral reefs), sports (windsurfing, yoga, cycling, swimming), photography, and (classical) music.




Natural History Museum Basel, Switzerland University of Basel, Switzerland Ruhr-University, Bochum, GermanyRoyal Veterinary College, London, UK University of Oregon, USA University of Colorado, USA University of Sao Paulo, Brasil University of Geosciences, Beijing, China Naturkundemuseum Berlin, Germany Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover, Germany



Marty, D., Cavin, L., Hug, W.A., Meyer, C.A., Lockley, M.G. & Iberg, A. 2003: Preliminary Report on the Courtedoux Dinosaur Tracksite from the Kimmeridgian of Switzerland. Ichnos 10, 209–219.

Marty, D., Cavin, L., Hug, W.A., Jordan, P., Lockley, M.G. & Meyer, C.A. 2004: The protection, conservation and sustainable use of the Courtedoux dinosaur tracksite, Canton Jura, Switzerland. Revue de Paléobiologie Special Volume 9, 39–49.

Marty, D. & Meyer, C.A. 2006: Insight into depositional conditions of carbonate-dominated palustrine sedimentation around the K/T-boundary (Faciès Rognacien, northeastern Pyrenean foreland, southwestern France). Geological Society of America Special Paper 416, 169–187.

Marty, D. 2007: Comparative taphonomy of human footprints left in microbial mats of tidal flats and dinosaur footprints of Late Jurassic biolaminites; a key for the interpretation of fossil vertebrate tracks. 5th Swiss Geoscience meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, p. 203. (Prize for young researchers of the Commission of the Swiss Palaeontological Memoirs for best paper and presentation).

Marty, D., Ayer, J., Becker, D., Berger, J.-P., Billon-Bruyat, J.-P., Braillard, L., Hug, W.A. & Meyer, C.A. 2007: Late Jurassic dinosaur tracksites of the Transjurane highway (Canton Jura, NW Switzerland): overview and measures for their protection and valorisation.Bulletin of applied Geology 12, 75–89.

Marty, D. 2008: Sedimentology, taphonomy, and ichnology of Late Jurassic dinosaur tracks from the Jura carbonate platform (Chevenez—Combe Ronde tracksite, NW Switzerland): insights into the tidal-flat palaeoenvironment and dinosaur diversity, locomotion, and palaeoecology. PhD Thesis, University of Fribourg, GeoFocus 21, 278 pp. (Award of the Science Faculty of the University of Fribourg for the best doctoral thesis of the year in the area of experimental sciences).

Kindler, P., Curran, H.A., Marty, D. & Samankassou, E. 2008: Multiple sedimentary sequences, bird tracks and lagoon beaches in last interglacial oolites, Boiling Hole, North Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. In: Park, L. & Freile, B. (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Symposium on the Geology of the Bahamas and other carbonate regions, Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas, 169–181.

Marty, D., Strasser, A. & Meyer, C.A. 2009: Formation and taphonomy of human footprints in microbial mats of present-day tidal-flat environments: implications for the study of fossil footprints. Ichnos 16/1-2, 127–142.

Marty, D., Belvedere, M., Meyer, C.A., Mietto, P., Paratte, G., Lovis, C. & Thüring, B. 2010: Comparative analysis of Late Jurassic sauropod trackways from the Jura Mountains (NW Switzerland) and the central High Atlas Mountains (Morocco): implications for sauropod ichnotaxonomy. Historical Biology, 22/1-3, 109–133.

Billon-Bruyat, J.-P. & Marty, D. 2010: Symposium on Stegosauria proceedings. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 103, 139-240.


Marty, D., Billon-Bruyat, J.-P., Costeur, L., Meyer, C.A. & Thüring, B. (Eds.) 2011: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, Supplementary Issue, 178 pp.

Waite, R., Marty, D., Strasser, A. & Wetzel, A. 2013: The lost paleosols: masked evidence for emergence and soil formation on the Kimmeridgian Jura platform (NW Switzerland). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 376, 73–90.

Marty, D., Becker, D., Pirkenseer, C., Cavin. L. & Grimm, K. 2013: Special Issue: A tribute to the late Professor Jean-Pierre Berger (8 July 1956 – 18 January 2012). Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 106, 119–426.

Thuy, B., Marty, D. & Comment, G. 2013: An outstanding example of a Late Jurassic shallow-water ophiuroid assemblage from the Swiss Jura Mountains. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 106, 409–426.

Schudack, U., Schudack, M., Marty, D. & Comment, G. 2013: Kimmeridgian (Late Jurassic) ostracods from Highway A16 (NW Switzerland): taxonomy,stratigraphy,palaeoecology, and palaeobiogeography. Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 106, 371–395.

Xing, L., Lockley, M. G., Marty, D., Klein, H., Buckley, L. G., McCrea, R. T., Zhang, J., Gierlinski, G., Divay, J. D. & Wu, Q. 2013: Diverse dinosaur ichnoassemblages from the Lower Cretaceous Dasheng Group in the Yishu fault zone, Shandong Province, China. Cretaceous Research 45, 114–134.