© 2018

Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

The History of Life of Fossil Organisms at Museums and Universities

  • Lothar A. Beck
  • Ulrich Joger


  • Contains a detailed overview on paleontological natural history collections in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

  • Summarizes the latest trends in paleontological methods of sorting and preserving

  • Provides an overview on modern exhibition concepts at paleontological natural history museums


Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Walter Etter, Michael Knappertsbusch, Loïc Costeur
    Pages 27-38
  3. Christian Neumann, Stephan Schultka, Florian Witzmann
    Pages 39-56
  4. Rolf Striegler, Ursula Striegler
    Pages 147-156
  5. Gabriele Gruber, Oliver Sandrock, Torsten Wappler
    Pages 157-164
  6. Jan-Michael Ilger, Oliver Adrian
    Pages 171-177
  7. Martina Kölbl-Ebert
    Pages 183-187
  8. Wolfgang Kiessling, Michael Heinze, Cristina Krause
    Pages 189-192

About this book


This book is devoted to 250 years of collecting, organizing and preserving paleontological specimens by generations of scientists. Paleontological collections are a huge resource for modern research and should be available for national and international scientists and institutions, as well as prospective public and private customers. These collections are an important part of the scientific enterprise, supporting research, public education, and the documentation of past biodiversity. Much of what we are beginning to understand about our world, we owe to the collection, preservation, and ongoing study of natural specimens.  Properly preserved collections of fossil marine or terrestrial plants and animals are archives of Earth's history and vital to our ability to learn about our place in its future.

The approach employed by the editors involves not only an introduction to the paleontological collections in general, but also  information on the international and national collection networks. Particular attention is given to new exhibition concepts and approaches of sorting, preserving and researching in paleontological collections and also their neglect and/or threat. In addition, the book provides information on all big public museums, on important state museums and regional Museums, and also on university collections.

This is a highly informative and carefully presented book, providing scientific insight for readers with an interest in fossil record, biodiversity, taxonomy, or evolution, as well as natural history collections at large.


History of Life Paleontology Fossils Natural History Collections Fossil record Earth's history specimen preservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lothar A. Beck
    • 1
  • Ulrich Joger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyZoological Collection Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Staatliches Naturhistorisches MuseumBraunschweigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Paleontological Collections of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Book Subtitle The History of Life of Fossil Organisms at Museums and Universities
  • Editors Lothar A. Beck
    Ulrich Joger
  • Series Title Natural History Collections
  • Series Abbreviated Title Natural History Collections
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-77400-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-77401-5
  • Series ISSN 2510-1862
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-1870
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 573
  • Number of Illustrations 38 b/w illustrations, 342 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biodiversity
    History of Biology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site