The classic site Bundenbach in Southwest Germany, Hunsruck region, counting over 270 animal species is the most important fossil occurrence worldwide from the (Lower) Devonian period, around 400 million years ago.
The fossils owe the uniqueness of their preservation to special circumstances. The remains of organisms are often pyritized as a result of early diagnostic bacterial processes and, in addition to mechanical preparation, allow imaging using X-ray technology.
The paleoenvironment, long time the subject of controversial discussions, was only rudimentarily clarified in 1997 as a result of the „Nahecaris“ Project.
Just when after a long interruption scientific investigation of this worlwide unique fossil site was intensified again, the roof slate mining in Bundenbach (Eschenbach-Bocksberg quarry) was stopped in 1999 due to economical reasons.
Bundenbach is also the place where the early history of the arthropods can be studied, here fossils were found that explain the morphology and way of life of today's arthropods.
Scientists along with Prof. J. Rust at the University of Bonn are still primarily concerned with this topic. They have described sensational finds recently, for example the famous Arthropod Schinderhannes, named after the legendary "Robin Hood" of the Hunsruck.
Another unique find is Captopodus poschmanni, named in honor of Dr. M. Poschmann from the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate. An enigmatic, Arthropod, that probably moved by swimming.
"It is very regrettable that such finds cannot be seen in their entirety in a modern information center in Bundenbach itself, so that the finds would do justice to their worldwide importance" (Dr. Wuttke). Bundenbach - a site that deserves Unesco World Heritage status!
It is all the more important to preserve these fossil treasures and to recall their uniqueness. To remind these fossils, to intensify contacts with collectors, and possibly to give old pieces a new shine through a professional preparation - this hope is connected with this page. Get inspired!