Chemnitz: Back to the Roots of Palaeobotany—Chemnitz and its Palaeontological Collection

  • Ronny RößlerEmail author
  • Thorid Zierold
Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)


The palaeontological collection of Chemnitz has been a constantly growing, developing and limitless source of knowledge on the relation of Earth’s history and the development of life on Earth, for over three centuries. Initially founded by science interested citizens on a voluntary basis, only with the premise to enable public access to collections and scientific information, it has developed and has been structuralized based on professional geoscientific considerations. Today, the collection is preserved, extended by selected purchases, diversely used and it serves as a foundation for globally linked up scientific research, as well as for interdisciplinary exhibitions and diverse educational programmes and activities. The essence of the collection documents the evolution and preservation of terrestrial ecosystems with a special emphasis on volcanic environments and petrified wood.


Palaeobotany Fossil forest Permian Volcanic taphonomy Collection Citizen science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Museum für Naturkunde ChemnitzChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.Geological InstituteTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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