Hessisches Landemuseum Darmstadt:

Contact Dr. Norbert Micklich through the museum for information on digs.

Research Institute Senckenberg, Frankfurt:

To apply to join a dig write to: Forschungsstation Grube Messel, Markstrasse 35, D-64409 Messel. Phone: +49/6159/9163-0. Fax: +49/6159/9163-13

The BBC series Walking with Beasts includes an episode based on Messel. Information and games can be found on their website:


Briggs, D.E.G. & Crowther, P.R. 1992. Palaeobiology a Synthesis. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

  1. Location and Geology
  2. Fauna and Flora
  3. Preservation and Taphonomy
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