Dr. Michael W. Maisch is a professional palaeontologist who has been working mainly on fossil reptiles. He did
his Masters Thesis on plesiosaurs, his Ph. D. on therapsids (mammal-like reptiles) and his habilitation Thesis
on ichthyosaurs, but he has also worked on many other groups, publishing a total of more than 150 papers
since 1995, many of them in high-rank international journals. He has done fieldwork and scientific studies in
many countries, including China, the US, South Africa the Middle East and the Arctic. Dr. Maisch always had a
particular interest in the fossils of the Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shale (Holzmaden-Fauna) and published
several studies on the marine reptiles of this formation.