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The Department of Messel Research and Mammalogy was founded in 2017 (departmental head: Dr. S. Schaal). This merger structurally links common research interests and results in a more efficient use of existing resources for research.
The Department of Messel Research was created in 1993 as part of the Senckenberg Research Institute.
The class of mammals belongs to the phylum chordates and the by far largest subphylum of this group, the vertebrates. At the moment about 5,500 species of recent mammals have been scientifically described and are distributed in 29 orders.
The section Palaeoentomology manages and curates the collection of fossil invertebrates, mostly fossil Insects, from the Messel pit fossil site. Due to excavations in the Messel pi, each year new finds get integrated into the collection.
In the section Palaeoherpetology, established in 2011, we are chiefly concerned with lower vertebrates, particularly lizards and snakes.
The section Palaeomammalogy was created in 2008 as part of the Messel Research Dept. The main topic of this research group is the study of “Mammalian Evolution and Biodiversity”.