Paleontological Collection

The paleontological collection of the University of Tübingen dates back to the eighteenth century. Researchers and professors such as Friedrich August Quenstedt (1809–1889), Ernst von Koken (1860–1912) and Friedrich von Huene (1875–1969) were instrumental in the great scope and high quality of the collections. The fossils are used as a research, teaching, and display collection. To this day, the primary goal is to provide international science with access to often unique material and to teach students how to handle fossil finds.

In order to convey the geological past and development to a broad public, outstanding, partly unique finds are presented in the institute's museum. Some highlights of the collection can be found in the eMuseum of the MUT.

To the collection in the eMuseum (selection)

Highlights of the Collection

Skeleton of the marine crocodile Steneosaurus bollensis from the Posidonia shale formation of wood maggots
Jurassic sea lily Seirocrinus subangularis, called the Swabian head of the Medusa, is related to sea urchins and starfish, and attached itself to driftwood
Ichthyosaur (Stenopterygius quadriscissus)

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Opening hours

Attention: The paleontological collection is a public collection with the additional eductional- and research purposes but not a museum with regular opening hours. However, we try to open the collection Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm for the general public free of charge. On weekends and holidays, the collection is closed on principle. Closure is not excluded during vacations and on bridge days.


Group and school tours by appointment for groups of 10 people or more

Tel: 07071-2977384
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PD Dr. Ingmar Werneburg
Tel: 07071-2973068

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Paleontological Collection | Department of Geoscience
Sigwartstraße 10
72076 Tübingen