MAINZ: Paleontological Collections of the University of Mainz (Geoscientific Collections)

  • Kirsten I. GrimmEmail author
  • Bernd R. Schöne
Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)


The paleontological collections of the Institute of Geosciences, University of Mainz, have been established in 1946/47. Today, they contain more than 33,000 specimens ranging from vertebrate fossils and recent osteological material to invertebrates as well as fossils from some well-known sites. The material is used for research as well as documentation and teaching.


Invertebrate collections Paleozoic and tertiary fishes Pleistocene fossils Tertiary vertebrate collection Mainz Basin fossils Sclerochronology collection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Library, University of MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Institute of GeosciencesUniversity of MainzMainzGermany

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