Fascination Diversity

a special exhibition at the Senckenberg Nature Museum from September 30 2017 until August 05 2018

By Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Fascination Diversity

For 200 years, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft has studied the diversity of
the living and inanimate nature. To this end, it collects and preserves
biological and geological objects. There are approximately 40 million
objects to date, and their number grows every year. On the occasion of
the anniversary year of 2017, Senckenberg opens these extensive archives
of nature, plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms, rocks, minerals and
even meteorites. The special anniversary exhibition shows an impressive
cross-section of this diversity, the “geobiodiversity.” Approximately
1,000 objects – from tiny beetles to the Okapi, from rare plants to
exceptional fossils – can be admired in a tightly packed display case
measuring 15 meters wide and 4 meters high.

Eurasian Eagle-owl (2017-09-21) by Sven Tränkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Eurasian Eagle-owl

The nocturnal Eurasian eagle-owl is the largest owl species. During daytime the bird disguises itself by stretching out the feather tufts and by narrowing its big eyes. Amongst other birds, crows noisily call the attention of other birds to the nocturnal predator and also attack it.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Tiger (2017-09-21) by Sven Tränkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Tiger

Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates. They show territorial behaviour and are generally solitary, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Blood-red ant (model) (2017-09-21) by Sven Traenkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Blood-red ant (model)

The blood-red ant is a species of slave-maker ants. The workers steal larvae and pupae from the nests of other Formica species to acquire slave workers and to use them as a food source.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Amber (2017-09-21) by Sven Tränkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Amber

In this amber are fossil inclusions of a termites' nest and hundreds of termite workers. Its age is unknown but according to the literature between 100 and 10,000 years.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Dermoplastic of European hedgehog (2017-09-21) by Sven Traenkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

European hedgehog

This genus of hedgehog includes four species – among them also the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), which is commonly found in Germany. Common to all hedgehogs is their nocturnal, solitary way of life.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Okapi (2017-09-21) by Sven Tränkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Okapi

The okapi, also called forest giraffe, is one of the last large mammal species to become known to science. The first scientific description was made in 1901 based on skulls and fur pieces.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Fossil boaSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Fossil boa (Palaeopython fischeri)

This snake with a length of one meter stands out even among the most exquisitely preserved objects from the Messel Pit. It is the young of an extinct species of boa, and even some of its scales have been preserved. Shortly before its death, it devoured a lizard of the basilisk tribe (Geiseltaliellus maarius), which, in turn, had recently eaten an insect. All three are visible – can you find them?

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Malachite (2017-09-21) by Sven Traenkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Malachite

Green malachite belongs to the mineral class of water-free carbonates with foreign anions and is formed by the weathering of copper ores. It is used both as a gemstone and as a pigment.

Wall of Geobiodiversity (2017-09-30) by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Seed of the sea coconut (2017-09-21) by Sven Traenkner, Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Seed of the sea coconut

The seed of the sea coconut is the largest in the plant kingdom. The sea coconut exists exclusively on both isles, Praslin and Curieuse, of the Seychelles. 8282 adult individuals were counted in 2011. The species is categorized as "endangered".

Credits: Story

Pictures: Sven Traenkner (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung)
Text: Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
For more information see:
senckenberg.de

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Explore more
Google apps