Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 3–20

Fossil-Lagerstätte Enspel–a short review of current knowledge, the fossil association, and a bibliography

Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12549-009-0017-1

Cite this article as:
Poschmann, M., Schindler, T. & Uhl, D. Palaeobio Palaeoenv (2010) 90: 3. doi:10.1007/s12549-009-0017-1


Almost two decades ago, the Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz initiated annual field campaigns in order to investigate geological and palaeobiological aspects of the Fossil-Lagerstätte Enspel, an upper Oligocene crater lake. Since then, the fossil-bearing ‘oilshale’ became more and more exposed due to the removal of the overlying basalt, which is still being commercially exploited. This contribution briefly summarizes the current knowledge that accumulated mainly within the last 20 years, gives a taxonomic listing of the fossil association, and includes a bibliography.


Westerwald Oligocene Genesis Stratigraphy Taxonomic list Fossil association 

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© Senckenberg, Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Poschmann
    • 1
  • Thomas Schindler
    • 2
  • Dieter Uhl
    • 3
  1. 1.Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe RLP, Direktion Landesarchäologie, Referat ErdgeschichteMainzGermany
  2. 2.Büro für Paläontologie, Stratigraphie und GeotopschutzSpabrückenGermany
  3. 3.Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und NaturmuseumFrankfurt am MainGermany

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