Geological Preparation

This focuses on the conduction of the annual Messel-excavation and the preparation of the resulting fossils. This also encompasses the conservation and renovation of the historical Messel-collection – especially with respect to the crocodile fossils. Of high significance for the daily work is the preparation of objects for the important collection as well as for the permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.

The geological preparation employs two preparators and one technical assistant. Two interns from the International Youth Service complete an annual internship in historic preservation at the World Heritage Site “Grube Messel”.

Contact

Mario Drobek
T +49 6151 1657-071

Geological Preparation

Geological Preparation

Palaeoloxodon antiquus, a straight-tusked elephant from Crumstadt, Germany

Geological Preparation

Pholidocercus hassiacus. Parts of the vertebral column were already added, but have not been coloured yet

Geological Preparation

Pholidocercus hassiacus. Here the vertebral column is complemented and coloured

Geological Preparation

Ornatocephalus metzleri before preparation

Geological Preparation

Ornatocephalus metzleri. A very rare find from the Messel Pit. The object has been cleaned from oil shale and transferred to synthetic resin. Afterwards the few missing pieces were complemented with acrylic paint

Geological Preparation

Ornatocephalus metzleri after preparation

Geological Preparation

Hind leg of a crocodile (Diplocynodon darwini) before preparation

Geological Preparation

Hind leg of a crocodile (Diplocynodon darwini) after preparation. A very old find from the Messel Pit. The leg is still on the oil shale, which were thickly covered with paraffin

Geological Preparation

Sabre-toothed cat from Gansu, China, before preparation

Geological Preparation

Sabre-toothed cat from Gansu, China, after preparation

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