The Collection

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The Muschelkalk Museum Hagdorn in the town of Ingelfingen holds a collection of more than 25,000 specimens and series. It includes a series of fossils, minerals, and rock samples. Countless originals are described and illustrated in scientific literature including several types. The focus is on Middle Triassic fossils from Central Europe (Muschelkalk and Lower Keuper invertebrates and vertebrates, esp. Muschelkalk echinoderms), and Triassic crinoids from all over the world. Smaller collection parts comprising sea urchins and sea lilies from other periods of earth history complete the collection. The traditionally labeled specimens are well documented and are available for scientific research. Requests should be addressed to the museum director Dr Hans Hagdorn. The museum acronym is MHI (Muschelkalk Museum Hagdorn Ingelfingen). Published specimens are catalogued with this acronym and consecutively numbered. A printed catalogue or an electronic database of type and referenced specimens does not exist but would be desirable.

At a rough estimate, the collection presently comprises the following items:

stromatolite and onkolite 45 specimens
dasycladales 20 specimens
Muschelkalk and Lower Keuper macroplants 300 specimens
silicified wood from Middle Keuper 50 specimens
Porifera 30 specimens
Anthozoa 150 specimens
Hydrozoa 35 specimens
Microconchida 60 specimens
Bryozoa 20 specimens
Brachiopoda 2,400 specimens and series
Ostracoda and Spinicaudata 50 samples
Hexapoda 3 specimens
Decapoda 130 specimens
Scaphopoda 40 specimens
Gastropoda 230 specimens and series
Bivalvia 3600 specimens and series
Cephalopoda 5,000 specimens and series
Crinoidea 2,350 specimens and series
Echinoidea 200
Holothuroidea 5 specimens
Ophiuroidea 330 specimens and series
Asteroidea 70 specimens
Bed-by-bed collected Muschelkalk, Keuper, and Upper Buntsandstein fauna from specific localities 2,800 specimens
Muschelkalk and Lower Keuper vertebrates: Chondrichthyes, Actinopterygia, Sarcopterygia 770 specimens and series
Temnospondyla 1,000 specimens, among them 30 skulls
Reptilia 1,250 specimens, among them 8 skulls
vertebrate tracks and invertebrate traces 300 Specimens
Bone bed samples 100
Mineral and rock samples 460 specimens
Special collections of Middle Triassic fossils in Muschelkalk facies from South France, Spain, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia 350 specimens and series
Special collections of Tethyan, Boreal, and Pacific Triassic from the Alps, Hungary, Greece, Bosnia, Timor, South China, Russia, North America 2,500 specimens
Special collection of sea urchins 1,650 specimens
Other than Triassic crinoids 350 specimens and series
Cretaceous echinoderms and other invertebrate fossils from the Isle of Mön 300 specimens
mammoth tusk 1

The museum holds a well-sorted geological and palaeontological library. It includes a series of important regional and international journals, special reprints, maps, and books. Furthermore there is an extensive archive of slides, black-and-white photos and negatives, and electronic images of fossils and outcrops. Items from the library and archive are for reference only.