Around the Paleocene–Eocene boundary, Earth underwent several rapid global warming events and, in their wake, mammals experienced a major turnover leading modern groups to become firmly established in all principal land ecosystems.
The Fossil Small Mammals Collection is part of the Section Palaeomammalogy since 2018. The collection was established by Dr. Gerhard Storch in the 1960s and curated for by the Section Mammalogy.
The section Palaeomammalogy was created in 2008 as part of the Messel Research Division. The main topic of this research group is the study of “Mammalian Evolution and Biodiversity”.
In the section Palaeoherpetology, established in 2011, we are chiefly concerned with lower vertebrates, particularly lizards and snakes.
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.
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