The primary objective of the division is the investigation and reconstruction of the Eocene Lake Messel and its surroundings by divisional employees and volunteers by way of
- taxonomic-morphological examinations of the constantly expanding collection of vertebrate fossils
- research projects on phylogenesis, biostratigraphy, paleoecology, paleoenvironment, and paleobiogeography
- the development of models of the history of the lake area and the structural genesis of the isolated geological pit-like formations, as well as of the lake sediments (the Messel Formation).
These objectives will also be implemented in the middle and long-term through collaborative projects with national and international colleagues.
The Division of Messel Research was created in 1992 as part of the Senckenberg Research Institute.