DARMSTADT: The Paleontological Collections of Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
The origins of the paleontological collections of Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt date back to the late eighteenth century. The paleontological focus is on fossils of the Paleogene, Neogene and Quaternary. Johann Jakob Kaup (1803–1875), Inspector of the natural history collection, was responsible for gathering the important fossils of the 10 Ma old “Dinotheriensande” and for purchasing “Peale’s Mastodon”. The “Messel Pit” belongs to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage since 1995 and its fossil collection is unique and precious.
KeywordsMessel Pit Fossil Site Eppelsheim Formation Rhine river deposits Rudist reef
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