|Welcome to the Biological Collection at Bielefeld University !
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Most zoological departments
of the old and venerable german universities house collections of
zoological specimens that were often brought together over centuries.
These collections are of inestimable scientific and cultural-historical
value. They provided teaching and research material to generations of
students of natural sciences. Collecting animals and plants for the
students´ personal collection has long been part of the
When founded in
1976, the Faculty of Biology of the young Bielefeld
University only owned a fine collection of bird preparations,
thus almost completely lacking visual aids for basic zoological
teaching. Due to the initiative of Clas M. Naumann, Professor for
Systematic Zoology, the biological collection was established in 1982
and headed by Dr. Michael von Tschirnhaus,
who, within a few years and almost out of the blue, managed to
build up a teaching collection that despite its small size is
astonishingly complete and worth seeing.
The collection focusses on the mid-European fauna, but samples from other regions
are available as well. Besides the systematically structured collection
for teaching and reference many fascinating and instructive exhibits
may be found.
Students interested in the diversity of animals are always welcome!