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Research at the Natural History Museum Mainz and the State Collection of Natural History

(Our knowledge of natural history has grown through the contributions of many generations of scientists. Their detailed work in the past allows us to proceed well into the future. The original samples of plants, animals, insects, and rocks are irreplaceable and we work hard to preserve them for future generations of researchers and students.

Our museum has a collection of nearly 1.5 million objects, which provide scientists with incredible opportunities for research. The original objects, rather than casts, provides scientists with the materials necessary to advance their respective fields.

Our research priorities are centered on the four core responsibilities of the museum: the Permian deposits of Nierstein, the Tertiary deposits in the Mainz Basin, the Mosbach glacial fauna, and the Stone Age hunting site at Wallertheim. Paleontological research is currently being carried out at Eckfelder Maar, Eppelsheim, and Masangano, Rwanda. External museum specialists are scientifically processing a collection of invertebrates from the Mainz Tertiary Basin and will turn their results into an illustrated monograph.

Modern wildlife is the current focus within the field of Zoology. Scientists are documenting the migration of species, which is a result of climate change. Individual and state-wide surveys are being conducted to track the changes of animal movement.

Botany research is focused on working within the nation-wide mapping project of the higher flora (plants) of Germany.

Along with our own research, scientists from all over the world come to study objects in our collections. During the last several years, extensive work has been conducted on the Hunsrück Slate by researchers from the Steinmann Institute at the University of Bonn, the General Director of Heritage, the German Mining Museum in Bochum, and Yale University. We are pleased to serve as a research facility for our colleagues around the world.)


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