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GOTHA: Museum der Natur, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha

  • Oliver WingsEmail author
  • Carsten Eckert
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Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)

Abstract

The paleontological collections in Gotha have a history of well over 350 years. Today, more than 60,000 fossils are kept and scientifically curated in the Museum of Nature which is part of the foundation Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha. The collections are focused on regional finds from the Thuringian Forest and the Thuringian Basin. Their age ranges from the Paleozoic to the Quaternary. Specimens of exceptional international significance are the trackways and tetrapods from the Lower Permian Fossillagerstätte Bromacker. The track collection contains many type specimens and often shows great preservation details such as differential depth impressions, claw marks, or pad and skin impressions. Body fossils of about 40 articulated early terrestrial tetrapods of at least 13 new taxa were discovered at or near Bromacker until now. These tetrapods allow unique insights into a rare Permian terrestrial upland ecosystem. Active research is focused on these fossils, but also on the historical collections.

Keywords

Classic collections Thuringian basin Thuringian forest Bromacker Gottlob quarry Trackways Permian vertebrates Triassic Quaternary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher SammlungenUniversität Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany
  2. 2.Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Sammlungs- und ForschungsverbundGothaGermany
  3. 3.Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Sammlungs- und ForschungsverbundGothaGermany

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