Fossil Fish and Amphibians

The "Fossil Fish and Amphibia“ collection comprises all large groups of fish and amphibia from the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods as well as otolites- and a collection of palaeohistological thin sections. The types and originals collected by W. Gross and H. von Meyer are particularly significant..

Fish
(30,000 items, 670 types, over 1,000 originals)
The collection contains material from the Upper Devonian of Bad Wildungen (Coll. Jaekel), the Rhenish Massif Devonian and the Baltic region (Coll. Gross) as well as Scotland (Coll. Edinger) and the Canadian Arctic (Coll. Schultze). In addition, there are Upper Jurassic fish from Solnhofen and Lower Cretaceous fish from Lebanon and Brazil (Santana Formation). Cenozoic fish originate from the Eocene site at Monte Bolca (Italy) and the Glarus (Switzerland) Oligocene.

Amphibia
(1,500 items, 11 types, 239 originals)
Among the most important fossils of this collections are Upper Carboniferous amphibians from Nýřany (Czech Rep.; Coll. Fritsch) and Linton (USA), the Lower Permian Temnospondyli from Lebach (Coll. Jordan) and Odernheim (Coll. Edinger), the Lower Triassic Parotosaurus from Heligoland and Trematosaurus from Bernburg Early Triassic (Coll. Burmeister).

Otolites
(5,000 items, 60 types, 130 originals)
The collection is based on the collections of Koken (Eocene from the USA and Oligocene - Pliocene from Germany) and Heinrich (Upper Miocene from Germany).

Collection of Thin Sections
(5,000 items, 272 originals)
The largest proportion consists of agnathans and other Upper Silurian and Devonian fish from Germany and Latvia (Coll. Gross).

Last update: 03.03.2014