Christian Kammerer

Research Curator, Paleontology

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, 2009
  • MS in Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, 2006
  • BA in Biological Sciences, University of Chicago, 2003


  • Postdoctoral Researcher, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 2009–2011
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany 2012–2014
  • Research Scientist, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany 2015–2017
  • Research Associate, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
  • Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Mammal origins
  • Ecosystem assembly and faunal changes during the Permo-Triassic
  • Functional morphology of extinct vertebrates
  • Systematics and evolutionary history of the non-mammalian Synapsida
  • Vertebrate response to the end-Permian mass extinction

Dr. Kammerer’s research focuses on one of the most important transitions in the vertebrate fossil record, the shift between the faunas of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. These eras are separated by the end-Permian mass extinction, the most massive extinction event in earth history. Particularly hard-hit by this extinction were the synapsids, the dominant group of land vertebrates at the end of the Paleozoic (in the Permian Period). By the beginning of the Mesozoic (in the Triassic Period), most of the major Permian synapsid groups were either extirpated or decimated, and their ecological roles were largely replaced by a group of reptiles, the archosaurs. The majority of the “modern” land vertebrate fauna was established in the Triassic, with the most successful group of Triassic synapsids, the cynodonts, giving rise to mammals, and the archosaurs giving rise to dinosaurs (including birds) and crocodiles.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Kammerer, C. F., and R. M. H. Smith. 2017. An early geikiid dicynodont from the Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone (late Permian) of South Africa. PeerJ 5:e2913: 1-43.
  • Kammerer, C. F., S. Bandyopadhyay, and S. Ray. 2016. A new taxon of cistecephalid dicynodont from the upper Permian Kundaram Formation of India. Papers in Palaeontology 2: 569-584.
  • Kammerer, C. F. 2016. A new taxon of cynodont from the Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone (upper Permian) of South Africa, and the early evolution of Cynodontia. Papers in Palaeontology 2: 387-397.
  • Kammerer, C. F. 2016. Two unrecognized burnetiamorph specimens from historical Karoo collections. Palaeontologia africana 50: 64-75.
  • Kammerer, C. F. 2016. Systematics of the Rubidgeinae (Therapsida: Gorgonopsia). PeerJ 4:e1608: 1-109.
  • Kammerer, C. F., R. J. Butler, S. Bandyopadhyay, and M. R. Stocker. 2016. Relationships of the Indian phytosaur Parasuchus hislopi Lydekker, 1885. Papers in Palaeontology. 2: 1-23.


Fields of Research