Senckenberg Research

Palaeozoology III

One of the largest collections of Devonian brachiopods from the Rhenish Slate Mountains is stored in the section Palaeozoology III. The collection is permanently supplemented by own collections, donations, and acquisitions. Of great importance are also the collections of Devonian molluscs. The extensive "Wetteldorfer Richtschnitt" collections from the GSSP at Wetteldorf in the Eifel Hills contain bed-by-bed collections from the succession at the Lower/Middle Devonian boundary stratotype (GSSP). The Hunsrück Slate collection and the X-ray collection by Wilhelm STÜRMER are of high scientific value. The collections include the following:

DFG-LIS: Collection Project

For six years years reference specimens of the collection are recorded in the online-based Senckenberg Collection Management System SeSam. In the frame of a sucessful DFG-LIS Project (2009-2011), all fossils of the Hunsrueck Slate Collection have been digitised and are now available online (photos can be downloaded!).  The data of many reference specimens from the brachiopod collection are available online, as well.

Fossil brachiopods: approx. 900.000  specimens (12.585 cataloged, 2.528 available in SeSam, 131 primary types)

fossile Brachiopoden

Fossil gastropods: approx. 7.500 specimens (500 cataloged, 40 primary types)

fossile Schnecken


Fossil cephalopods
approx. 17.500 Stücke (2.626 cataloged, 59 primary types) 

fossile Cephalopoden


Fossil bivalves: approx. 70.000 specimens (8.620 cataloged, 68 primary types)

fossile Muschel


Fossile sponges: approx. 3.000 specimens (481 cataloged, 24 Primary types)

fossiler Schwamm


Fossil bryozoans: approx. 2.000 specimens 

fossile Bryozoen


Fossil scaphopods: 350 specimens (partly cataloged)



Fossil annelids 

Fossile Würmer





Hunsrück Slate collection: 955 specimens(available in SeSam, 9 Primary types) - STÜRMER-X-ray collection: 8.964 negatives (available in SeSam)



Stratigraphic and regional collection Lower Devonian:

approx. 300.000 specimens

geologische Karte Rheinisches Schiefergebirge


Collection "Wetteldorfer Richtschnitt" (GSSP of the Emsian-Eifelian boundary in the Eifel):
approx. 100.000 specimens



Achat collection: 2.000 specimens