Easy to find and at the same time a fascinating starting point for young and old is the fossil section of the Munich Show in Hall A4. The fossilized remains of dinosaurs and their contemporaries are among the visitor magnets of most natural history museums.
And in Munich, visitors can look forward to impressive specimens that are available to collectors, scientists and curators. Around 250,000 species of diverse flora and fauna from the last 540 million years of Earth’s history have been conserved fossil and scientifically described. Even if only about 15 skeletons have been excavated by the most famous among them, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, there are always single finds of bones and teeth that achieve maximum prices among collectors.
There are highlights such as these world-famous icons at the Munich Show as well as first-class examples from many other sites worldwide. Because, as with minerals, very special geological conditions are required for the fossilization and preservation of bone remnants over millions of years. One of the most important for science is the Bavarian Jura, known as the primeval sea, especially for fossil marine creatures and the famous primeval bird Archeopteryx, Darwin’s “Missing Link” in its theory of evolution.
Due to the excellent conservation fossils from this area are usually very well preserved and with the corresponding professional preparation not only relevant as objects of science, but also aesthetically.
In addition to the exclusive fossil dealers in the entrance area of Hall A4, who are always happy to provide information about their treasures, numerous other exhibitors from regions with a high density of fossil finds such as North Africa and the Middle East offer a multitude of affordable objects for entry into fossil collecting. Also in this hall visitors can inform themselves at the information stands of the museums—such as the Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology—and specialist publishers around the exciting topic and exchange views with experts.