Dr. Sarah Stinnesbeck, M. Sc.

Project based scientist

Phone: +49 721 175-2802


2018 – today:

Researcher at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

Project: Mexican fossil ground sloths of Mexico. A case study for Late Pleistocene megafaunal turnover in the Mexican Corridor

07/2017 – 10/2017:

Staff of the Museum Education department SMNK

Administrative operations, scientific consultation of the exhibition Hippos on the Upper Rhine. What was the Ice Age really like?

01/2017 – 06/2017:

Project assistant, Earth Science department SMNK

Organization and scientific consultation of the international exhibition America after the ice in cooperation with the Museo del Desierto, Saltillo-Coahuila, Mexico.

01/2015 – 12/2016:

Scientific trainee at the SMNK

Administrative operations, organization and scientific consultation of exhibitions, supervision interns, guided tours and lecturers.



2020: PhD in Palaeontology and  Prehistory (Dr. rer. nat.), Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany

2014: Master of Science Quaternary Sciences and Geoarchaeology, University of Cologne, Germany

2012: Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology: Prehistory and History, University of Cologne, Germany


Research interests:

  • American Megafauna
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Pleistocene-Holocene boundary
  • Palaeoenvironment reconstruction
  • Latin American Archaeology



Stinnesbeck, S. R., Frey, E., Olguín, J. A., Stinnesbeck, W., Zell, P., Mallison, H., González González, A., Nuñez, E. A., Velázquez Morlet, A., Mata, A. T., Benavente Sanvicente, M., Hering, F., Rojas Sandoval, C. (2017). Xibalbaonyx oviceps, a new megalonychid ground sloth (Folivora, Xenarthra) from the late Pleistocene of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, and its paleobiogeographic significance. Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 91, 245-271.

Stinnesbeck, W., Rennie, S. R., Avilés Olguín, J., Stinnesbeck, S. R., Gonzalez, S., Frank, N., Warken, S., Schorndorf, N., Krengel, Th., Velázquez Morlet, A., & González González, A. (2020). New evidence for an early settlement of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico: The Chan Hol 3 woman and her meaning for the Peopling of the Americas. Plos One, 15(2), e0227984.

Dávila, S. L., Stinnesbeck, S. R., Gonzalez, S., Lindauer, S., Escamilla, J., & Stinnesbeck, W. (2019). Guatemala's Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) fauna: Revision and interpretation. Quaternary Science Reviews, 219, 277-296.

Stinnesbeck, W., Frey, E., Zell, P., Avilés, J., Hering, F., Frank, N., Arps, J., Geenen, A., Gescher, J., Isenbeck-Schröter, M., Ritter, S., Stinnesbeck, S. R., Acevez Nuñez, E., Fito Dahne, V., González González, A., Deininger, M. (2018). Hells Bells–unique speleothems from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, generated under highly specific subaquatic conditions. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 489, 209-229.

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