Sarah Stinnesbeck, M. Sc.

Sarah Stinnesbeck, M. Sc.
Sarah Stinnesbeck, M. Sc.

Project based scientist

Phone: +49 721 175-2802


2018 – today: DFG-project „Mexican ground sloths”

2017 – 2018: Project assistant „America after the Ice”

2015 – 2016: Scientific trainee department Geosciences

2014: Master of Science in Quaternary Sciences and Geoarchaeology

2012: Bachelor of Arts in Prehistory


Research interests:

  • Palaeoenvironment reconstruction

  • Archeology Latin America, e.g. Human settlement of the Americas, Mesoamerican corridor
  • Pleistocene megafauna
  • Human-environmental interactions

  • Pleistocene-Holocene boundary

  • Archaeology and palaeontology on the Yucatán Peninsula



  • “Mexican fossil ground sloths, a case study for Late Pleistocene megafaunal turnover in the Mexican Corridor”

  • “The Pleistocene-Holocene transition in the Mesoamerican Corridor (Guatemala): Megafauna, Environmental Change and Human Settlement”



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Selected Publications

Hering F., Stinnesbeck W., Folmeister J., Frey E., Stinnesbeck S., Avilés J., Aceves Núñez E., González González A., Terrazas Mata A., Benavente M. E., Rojas C., Velázquez Morlet A., Frank N., Zell P., Becker J. (2018):
The Chan Hol cave near Tulum (Quintana Roo, Mexico): Evidence for long-lasting human presence during the early to middle Holocene. Journal of Quaternary Science.: in press
Stinnesbeck W., Frey E., Zell P., Avilés J., Hering F., Frank N., Arps J., Geenen A., Gescher J., Isenbeck-Schroeter M., Ritter S., Stinnesbeck S., Aceves Nuñez E., Fito Dahne V., González González A., Deininger M. (2018):
Hells Bells – unique speleothems from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, generated under highly subaquatic conditions. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 489: 209-229
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 S. R., Frey E., Stinnesbeck W., Olguín J. A., Zell P., Mata A. T., Benavente Sanvicente M., González González, A. Rojas Sandoval C., Nuñez E. A. (2017):
A new fossil peccary from the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary of the eastern Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Journal of South American Earth Sciences. 77: 341-349
Stinnesbeck W., Becker J., Hering F., Frey E., González González A., Fohlmeister J., Stinnesbeck S., Frank N., Mata A. T., Benavente Sanvicente M., Olguín J. A., Nuñez E. A., Zell P., Deininger M. (2017):
The earliest settlers of Mesoamerica date back to the late Pleistocene. PLoS ONE. 12(8): e0183345