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Discover the world of fossils

The Swabian Alb is world-famous for its abundance of fossils. In the Jurassic period 200-142 million years ago, a warm shallow sea with numerous animals stretched out here. The shells and skeletons of the animals sank to the bottom of the sea and were covered by mud. Over time, it turned into stone and trapped the fossils.

Fossils of the Swabian Albin the Alb are exceptionally well preserved and can tell a lot about the past. Fossil sites are rare and valuable for science. They must be protected and special fossil finds must be shown to experts.

 

What can I find here?

Which fossils have been found here? And how do I recognize what I have found? Here are some comparison pictures!

What can I find here?

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Shale-Experience Dormettingen

The „SchieferErlebnis“ (shale experience) invites you to combine leisure with history, geology and nature. The parc with its entertaining playground and water landscape is especially great for families.

Shale-Experience Dormettingen

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Fossil discovery site on the Nusplingen educational trail

You can marvel at fossils signposted fossil discovery site of the Geological Educational Trail in Nusplingen. Guided tours are also

Fossil discovery site on the Nusplingen educational trail

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Urweltsteinbruch Fischer (Lkr. Esslingen)

Fischer Prehistoric Quarry

You can experience the Earth's history at first hand in the Fischer Prehistoric Quarry. Equipped with a hammer and chisel, you can

Fischer Prehistoric Quarry

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Dotternhausen Holcim Museum

The "Werkforum" at Holcim houses around 1,000 exhibits of Jurassic fossils from the Westalb, from the oil shale of black Jurassic epsilon.

Dotternhausen Holcim Museum

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Steinheimer Schneckensand (Gemeinde Steinheim)

Outcrop of fossil snail shells at Steinheim

In the "Steinheimer Becken" (Steinheim Basin) in the municipality of Steinheim am Albuch, you can find a number of places where sand is mixed with fossil snail shells.

Outcrop of fossil snail shells at Steinheim

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