added by on March 31, 2013
Ever smelled a mammoth? Or fossil hyena poo? In the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, a pediatrician, customs official, fishmonger and other members of the Dutch Association for the Study of Pleistoce Mammals (WPZ) show that everyone, regardless of age or occupation, can find amazing fossils. They will show some special pieces in the museum, taken from their private collections.
In the exhibition, members of the association tell how and where they found their favorite mammal fossils. Francien Dieleman (pediatrician) puts her molar of a water vole underneath the binocular. Walter Langendoen (owner electronics store) has a nose for fossil hyena turds and shows his growing collection. Dick Mol (customs official) excavated a mammoth with skin and hair from the Russian permafrost. Klaas Post (fishmonger) discovered the remains of an unknown dolphin in a box with fossil remains. Sander Schouten (student cultural heritage) found a fragment of a human skull on the beach. Kommer Tanis (fisherman) fished a fine lower jaw of an otter. More WPZ-members lend us their beautiful fossils for this exhibition, from beaver molar to walrus teeth and woolly rhino toes.
For 30 years, the WPZ has been bringing together amateur and professional palaeontologists. With the exhibition “Look what I’ve found!” we want to excite everyone to search, collect and study mammal fossils from the Pleistocene (roughly 2.5 million – 10.000 years ago) in the Netherlands. The result of 30 years of fossil collecting and studying is shown in the large number of high-quality collections and the amount of knowledge about prehistoric mammals in the Netherlands.
‘Look what I’ve found!’ – 30 years Werkgroep Pleistocene Zoogdieren – is shown from 6 April until 1 September 2013.
During the Museumweekend, 6 and 7 April, WPZ-members are available in the museum to determine your fossils and to show visitors around the exhibition. Children can do some fossils preparation themselves and take their finds home.