Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Palaeozoology III

Palaeozoology III

Devonian geology and palaeontology are the main working fields.  Special focus is put on taxononomy, phylogeny and palaeobiogeography of Devonian brachiopods.  Regionally, research is concentrated on the Rhenish Slate Mountains, the Moroccan Anti-Atlas and South China.  Large collections mainly  of Devonian fossils are stored in the section.

Crassirensselaeria crassicosta
Crassirensselaeria crassicosta
a terebratulid brachiopod from the Lower Devonian
of the Rhenish Slate Mountains

 Middle Rhine area Devonian stratigraphy and palaeontology in the Rhenish Slate Mountains is one of the main projects, e.g. the Lower Devonian of the Middle Rhine area (panoramic view from the Loreley rock, Germany).  
The Emsian La Ladrona Formation close to Santa Maria del Mar (Asturias, Spain) contains diverse brachiopod faunas (expedition in 1998); bedding plane with a mass occurence of  the species Euryspirifer pellicoi. Similar representatives of the same genus are abundant in the Rhenish Slate Mountains.     La Ladrona Formation
 Profile Torkoz This section close to Aouinet Torkoz (southern Morocco) exposes Lower Devonian marine deposits  (field trip in 2000). Sedimentary successions of neritic and pelagic environments follow one after the other, so that they can be correlated.  From the stratigraphic point of view this is very interesting because it is possible to correlate neritic and pelagic stratigraphic subdivisions. 

Spiriferid monument at the Liujing section (Guangxi region, South  China). The section ranges from the Lower to the Upper Devonian and is considered as the reference profile of the South Chinese Devonian (field trip in 2001).  

 spiriferid monument
 Zdimir pseudobaskiricus sibirius several specimens of Zdimir pseudobaschkiricus sibiricus a pentamerid brachiopod faund in the Akarachkino quarry in the Salair Region (South Siberia) (field trip in 2005). 
Field work in the Kodzakurgan gorge (Usbekistan). The section exposes Lower Devonian pelagic sediments. The German-Usbekistanian working group is sampling bed by bed of this section (field trip in 1999).   Kodzakurgan
 Oncolithe The photo shows a Middle Devonian oncolithe, that was formed on a "drowning" reef. This kind of sediment occurs in shallow marine environments with the contribution of algae (field trip in West Australia on the occasion of the First International Palaeontological Congress, 2002).