In addition to helping children in need and youths with difficult start conditions, the Lipoid Stiftung also supports archaeological and paleontological projects. The goal is to increase geological understanding and build the bridge to the present with regard to a sustainable lifestyle.
For the second time, the Lipoid Stiftung is conducting a project together with the “Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)” [Nature Research Society]. Visitors to the Senckenberg Naturmuseum [Senckenberg Natural History Museum] in Frankfurt am Main can accompany a fossil from excavation to finished exhibit, and they can even participate in several steps with supervision. For this purpose, 20–30 m² of very fossil-rich stone, so-called “Bonebed”, from the Cretaceous sediments of the Lance Creek Formation (Wyoming, USA) has been transported to Frankfurt in its raw state and reconstructed in a newly created pavilion at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Under supervision of an expert preparator the fossils will be unveiled to the public beginning in June 2020.
After preparation, the fossil plate becomes the property of the SGN and will be presented in the new permanent exhibition. In addition to the excavation, the project is supported by National Geographic and is promoted in social media. Visitors are given the chance to experience the process from paleontological research right up to presentation in the museum. In addition, children are offered the opportunity to take a fossil home as a souvenir by digging through shale material in a simulated excavation located right next to the real dinosaur excavation.