Paleontology Museum

Fossils from western Emilia

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The Museum of Paleontology of the University of Parma, formerly the Parma Paleontological Museum, is located in the Plexus of Earth Sciences of the university campus. Fossil finds from the Neogene and Quaternary of Western Emilia are preserved or exhibited: mainly molluscs, but also marine and terrestrial vertebrates, asteroidea, echinoidea.

In addition to the collections related to the geological history of the area, the museum preserves fossil remains from the Eocene of Bolca, the Jurassic of Sohlenhofen, the Pleistocene of Columbia, the Triassic of Greece.

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Marine Vertebrates Collection

Remains of fossil cetaceans from the Piacenza Pliocene (Cortesi and Podestà collections) are kept in the Museum and are part of the historical heritage of the Museum acquired in the nineteenth century.

Isocardia umbonalisSistema Museale Università di Parma

Marine molluscs collection

Numerous shells (about 10,000 specimens) of gastropods and bivalves from the Pliocene and Pleistocene from numerous areas of Parma and Piacenza considered since the nineteenth century for the abundance of fossil finds "the cradle of the Pliocene". Historical collections such as Guidotti, Cocconi, Bagatti and modern collections such as Pelosio, Marasti and Raffi, Levi represent an inestimable and unique testimony of the specific diversity of the Padano Gulf millions of years ago. Their value is also taxonomic as the holotypes of some new species still valid today are kept in the museum.

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Terrestrial vertebrates

Terrestrial Vertebrate Collection from the Quaternary of France, Liguria (grotta della Fata), Colombia and even Parma. Among all the skull of a rhinoceros of the continental deposits of the Pleistocene of the Stirone torrent stands out.

Notidamus griseus Coll. LawleySistema Museale Università di Parma

Ittiodontoliti del Parmense-Piacentino collection

To the collection fossil finds of elasmobranchii and other fish from various locations in the Parma and Piacenza areas of considerably different ages. Part of the collection comes from the Cretaceous formations outcropping in the Apennines (Sacco, 1905 and De Stefano, 1912) while the remaining finds come from Pliocene Pedea Apennine sediments.

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Lawley Collection

The museum houses part of one of the most important and diversified Italian historical paleontological collections, Lawley's Tuscan Pliocene ichthyodontolites. Roberto Lawley was a 19th century Florentine naturalist, fond of paleontology who collected, classified and described numerous fossil remains of elasmobranchii and other cartilaginous fish in the Tuscan Pliocene. This collection is mostly kept in the paleontological museum of the University of Pisa but parts of this collection are kept in the museums of Bologna, Florence and Parma (Landini 2005). The entire Lawley collection was dismembered into many hamlets and is still preserved in several Italian museums. Museum of Natural and Territorial History of the University of Pisa, Museum of Geology and Paleontology of the University of Florence, Geo-paleontological Museum "Giovanni Capellini" of the University of Bologna, Geo-paleontological Museum of Valdinievole, Civic Museum of the Municipality of Montopoli.

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Fossil Plants Collection

Collection dating back to 1887. Includes 71 remains of fossil plants from rocks of different ages and areas of origin from the Carboniferous to the Miocene Miocene.

Pianta fossileSistema Museale Università di Parma

Strobel's prestige made it possible to collect artifacts from many European areas.

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