DARMSTADT: The Paleontological Collections of Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

  • Gabriele Gruber
  • Oliver SandrockEmail author
  • Torsten Wappler
Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)


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.


Messel Pit Fossil Site Eppelsheim Formation Rhine river deposits Rudist reef 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriele Gruber
    • 1
  • Oliver Sandrock
    • 1
    Email author
  • Torsten Wappler
    • 1
  1. 1.Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt (HLMD)DarmstadtGermany

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