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Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals


Spiekman, S.N.F., Fernandez, V., Butler, R.J., Dollman, K.N., Maidment, S.C.R., 2023. A taxonomic revision and cranial description of Terrestrisuchus gracilis (Archosauria, Crocodylomorpha) from the Upper Triassic of Pant-y-Ffynnon Quarry (southern Wales). Papers in Palaeontology 9(6): e1534

Spiekman, S.N.F. and Mujal, E., 2023. Decapitation in the long-necked Triassic marine reptile Tanystropheus. Current Biology 33(13): PR708-R709.

Spiekman, S.N.F., 2023. A revision and histological investigation of Saltoposuchus connectens (Archosauria: Crocodylomorpha) from the Norian (Late Triassic) of south-western Germany. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 199(2): 354-391.

Wang, W., Spiekman, S.N.F., Zhao, L., Rieppel, O., Scheyer, T.M., Fraser, N.C., Li, C., 2023. A new long-necked archosauromorph from the Guanling Formation (Anisian, Middle Triassic) of southwestern China and its implications for neck evolution in tanystropheids. The Anatomical Record.


Spiekman, S.N.F. and Klein, N., 2021. An enigmatic lower jaw from the Lower Muschelkalk (Anisian, Middle Triassic) of Winterswijk provides insights into dental configuration, tooth replacement and histology. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 100: e17.

Spiekman, S.N.F., Ezcurra, M.D., Butler, R.J., Fraser, N.C., Maidment, S.C.R., 2021. Pendraig milnerae, a new small-sized coelophysoid theropod from the Late Triassic of Wales. Royal Society Open Science 8(10): 210915.

Bakker, M.A.G., Van der Vos, W., De Jager, K., Chung, W-Y., Fowler, D.A., Dondorp, E., Spiekman, S.N.F., Chew, K-Y., Jiménez, R., Bickelmann, C., Kuratani, S., Blazek, R., Kondrashov, P., Renfree, M.B., Richardson, M.K., 2021. Selection on phalanx development in the evolution of the bird wing. Molecular Biology and Evolution 38(10): 4222-4237.

Spiekman, S.N.F., Fraser, N.C., and Scheyer, T.M., 2021. A new phylogenetic hypothesis of Tanystropheidae (Diapsida, Archosauromorpha) and other “protorosaurs”, and its implications for the early evolution of stem archosaurs. PeerJ 9, 1-174. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.11143


Spiekman, S.N.F., Neenan, J.M., Fraser, N.C., Fernandez, V., Rieppel, O., Nosotti, S., and Scheyer, T.M., 2020. The cranial morphology of Tanystropheus hydroides (Tanystropheidae, Archosauromorpha) as revealed by synchrotron microtomography. PeerJ 8, 1-76. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.10299

Spiekman, S.N.F., Neenan, J.M., Fraser, N.C., Fernandez, V., Rieppel, O., Nosotti, S., and Scheyer, T.M., 2020. Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked Triassic Reptile Tanystropheus. Current Biology 30(19), 3889-3895. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.07.025

Miedema, F., Spiekman, S.N.F., Fernandez, V., Reumer, J.W.F., and Scheyer, T.M., 2020. Cranial morphology of the tanystropheid Macrocnemus bassanii unveiled using synchrotron microtomography. Scientific Reports 10: 12412

Scheyer, T.M., Wang, W., Li, C., Miedema, F., and Spiekman, S.N.F., 2020. Osteological re-description of Macrocnemus fuyuanensis (Archosauromorpha, Tanystropheidae) from the Middle Triassic of China. Vertebrata Palasiatica 58(3): 169-187.

Scheyer, T.M., Spiekman, S.N.F., Sues, H.-D., Ezcurra, M.D., Butler, R.J., and Jones, M.E.H, 2020. Colobops, a juvenile rhynchocephalian reptile (Lepidosauromorpha), not a diminutive archosauromorph with an unusually strong bite. Royal Society Open Science 7(3).


Spiekman, S.N.F. and Scheyer, T. M., 2019. A taxonomic revision of the genus Tanystropheus (Archosauromorpha, Tanystropheidae). Palaeontologia Electronica 22, 1-46.

Spiekman, S.N.F., Winkelhorst, H., Bleeker, R., Dorst, M., de Haan, R., and Voeten, D.F.A.E., 2019. Tanystropheids from the Winterswijkse Steengroeve – rare but recurring elements in the Vossenveld paleoassemblage. Grondboor & Hamer (Staringia 16), 73(5/6): 208-215.


Spiekman, S.N.F., 2018. A new specimen of Prolacerta broomi from the lower Fremouw Formation (Early Triassic) of Antarctica, its biogeographical implications and a taxonomic revision. Scientific Reports, 8(1):17996.


Spiekman, S.N.F. and Werneburg, I., 2017. Patterns in the bony skull development of marsupials: high variation in onset of ossification and conserved regions of bone contact. Scientific Reports 7: 43197.

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Contributions to books

Werneburg, I. and Spiekman, S.N.F., 2018. Mammalian Embryology and Organogenesis. In: Zachos F, Asher R. (eds.). Handbook of Zoology: Mammalian Evolution, Diversity and Systematics. De Gruyter, Berlin. p. 59-116.

Science Communication

Spiekman, S.N.F., 2021. The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck. The Science Breaker

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