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Marco Tamborini


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Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Dr. Marco Tamborini


Staff member of Research Department "PAN – Perspectives on Nature" within Science Programme "Public Engagement with Science"


I did my Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg (awarded 2015) under the supervision of Peter McLaughlin and David Sepkoski (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte). My research focuses on the history and philosophy of biology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in the conceptual and institutional history of paleontology, in the history of virology as well as in the general history and philosophy of science. At the Museum für Naturkunde, I am working on the history of the Tendaguru expedition (

For a full list of my publications and a description of my research interests, you can visit my website.

Publications (selection)

Together with Mareike Vennen: "Disruptions and changing habits: The case of the Tendaguru expedition", in: Museum History Journal, Vol. 10 (2017).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"If the Americans Can Do It, So Can We": How Dinosaur Bones Shaped German Paleontology”. History of Science 54, Issue 3 (2016).

"An Image of Science": Cameralism, Natural History, and the Visual Language of Statistics in the Nineteenth Century”. Accepted in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (with David Sepkoski).

"Data-Phenomena: Quid Juris?" Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 70, no. 4 (2016): 527-549.

"Paleontology and Darwinian Theory of Evolution: The Dangerous Role of Statistics at the End of the 19th Century” Journal of the History of Biology 48, no. 4 (2015): 575-612.

“Die Wurzeln der ideographischen Paläontologie: Karl Alfred von Zittels Praxis und sein Begriff des Fossils” [The Roots of Idiographic Paleontology: Karl Alfred von Zittel’s Methodology and Conception of the Fossil Record] NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 23, no. 3 (2015): 117-142.

Edited Journal Special issue

"Darwin & Paleontology" Accepted in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Part C (2017) (with David Sepkoski).

Marco Tamborini