Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

The History of Life of Fossil Organisms at Museums and Universities

  • Lothar A. Beck
  • Ulrich Joger

Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Walter Etter, Michael Knappertsbusch, Loïc Costeur
    Pages 27-38
  3. Christian Neumann, Stephan Schultka, Florian Witzmann
    Pages 39-56
  4. Rolf Striegler, Ursula Striegler
    Pages 147-156
  5. Gabriele Gruber, Oliver Sandrock, Torsten Wappler
    Pages 157-164
  6. Jan-Michael Ilger, Oliver Adrian
    Pages 171-177
  7. Martina Kölbl-Ebert
    Pages 183-187
  8. Wolfgang Kiessling, Michael Heinze, Cristina Krause
    Pages 189-192
  9. Ulrike Stottrop, Udo Scheer, Esther Guderley
    Pages 193-207
  10. Dieter Uhl, Lutz Kunzmann, Christine Hertler, Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke, John-Albrecht Keiler, Peter Königshof et al.
    Pages 209-240
  11. Oliver Wings, Carsten Eckert
    Pages 249-260
  12. Frank D. Steinheimer, Alexander K. Hastings
    Pages 271-280
  13. Jürgen Vespermann
    Pages 321-324
  14. Dietrich von Knorre, Rolf G. Beutel
    Pages 339-346
  15. H. Dieter Schreiber, Kristina Eck, Volker Liebig
    Pages 347-363
  16. Doris Döppes, Wilfried Rosendahl
    Pages 411-418
  17. Markus Bertling
    Pages 445-454
  18. Toni Bürgin
    Pages 487-490

About this book


This book is devoted to 250 years of collecting, organizing and preserving paleontological specimens by generations of scientists. Paleontological collections are a huge resource for modern research and should be available for national and international scientists and institutions, as well as prospective public and private customers. These collections are an important part of the scientific enterprise, supporting research, public education, and the documentation of past biodiversity. Much of what we are beginning to understand about our world, we owe to the collection, preservation, and ongoing study of natural specimens.  Properly preserved collections of fossil marine or terrestrial plants and animals are archives of Earth's history and vital to our ability to learn about our place in its future.

The approach employed by the editors involves not only an introduction to the paleontological collections in general, but also  information on the international and national collection networks. Particular attention is given to new exhibition concepts and approaches of sorting, preserving and researching in paleontological collections and also their neglect and/or threat. In addition, the book provides information on all big public museums, on important state museums and regional Museums, and also on university collections.

This is a highly informative and carefully presented book, providing scientific insight for readers with an interest in fossil record, biodiversity, taxonomy, or evolution, as well as natural history collections at large.


History of Life Paleontology Fossils Natural History Collections Fossil record Earth's history specimen preservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lothar A. Beck
    • 1
  • Ulrich Joger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyZoological Collection Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Staatliches Naturhistorisches MuseumBraunschweigGermany

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