The palaeontology collections are amongst the oldest collections at the institute. They currently contain over three million fossils – mostly vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. They are also the most diverse of our collections in terms of the range of taxons and the sizes of the specimens. Specimens range from nanofossils (smaller than a single cell) up to dinosaurs and whales.

Mammoth of Lier, found in 1860, mounted by Louis De Pauw

Short introduction to the paleontological collections


Turtles from the Messel Pit collection

An extensive overview of the palaeontological collections.

Palaeontologist and curator Annelise Folie

About conservator Annelise Folie

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