Dr. phil. University of Zurich

Diploma in Palaeontology University of Zurich

1978 – 1984
Studied biology at the University of Zurich

1974 – 1978 
Baden Cantonal School

1970 – 1974
High school in Brugg

Further Education

Post-Doc at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Since 2001
Curator Palaeontology at Natural History Musem Basel

1995 – 2001
Biology teacher in different grammar schools

1993 – 1995

1981 – 1993
Assistant at Palaeontological Institute and Museum of the University of Zurich


Etter, W. (1994). Palökologie: eine methodische Einführung. Basel, Birkhäuser.

Bottjer, D. J., Etter, W., Hagadorn, J. W. & Tang, C. M. (2002). Exceptional Fossil Preservation. New York, Columbia University Press.

Etter, W. (2015). Patterns of Diversification and Extinction. In Henke, W. & Tattersall, I. (eds.): Handbook of Paleoanthropology, 2nd edition, pp. 351–415. Heidelberg, Springer.

Etter, W. (2015). Early ideas about cephalopods. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology 134: 177–186.

Etter, W. (2016). Conrad Gessner als Paläontologe. In Leu, U. B. & Ruoss, M. (Eds.): Facetten eines Universums: Conrad Gessner 1516–2016, S. 175–184.

Projects and Museum Activities

2007 – 2008
Project lead Special Exhibition 'Deep Sea'

Project lead Special Exhibitions 'Dinosaurs'

Supervision and rearrangement of the collection of fossil plants and invertebrates