In addition to supporting children in need and young people who have had a difficult start in life, the Lipoid Stiftung also supports archaeological and paleontological projects in accordance with its statutes. Its aim is to raise awareness of geological topics and to bridge the gap between past and present with the goal of promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
This is the second time that the Lipoid Stiftung has partnered with the Senckenberg Society for Natural History (SGN) in a joint project.
In 2020, the Lipoid Stiftung funded the transport of a 30-ton fossil-rich block of rock (bone bed) from the USA to Germany. For the first time ever, a fossil excavation took place in front of an interested audience and with intense media interest at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt: Parts of the skeleton of an “Edmontosaurus annektens” dinosaur along with other fossils were expertly removed from the Cretaceous sediments and scientifically examined. This work resulted in an exhibition entitled “Edmond’s Prehistoric Realm – A Dinosaur Excavation in Frankfurt”.
In the follow-up project, museum visitors will be able to see how the individual parts of the skeleton are assembled in an interactive paleontological research laboratory and then prepared for display in the exhibition. They will learn how paleontologists examine the collected material, how fossils are extracted from the rock, and also how the researchers assemble a lifelike skeleton that incorporates the latest anatomical and ecological knowledge using state-of-the-art computer-aided reconstruction techniques.
Visitors will be able to experience these exciting activities at the Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt at first hand from summer 2023.
Excavation quadrant exhibition “Edmond’s Prehistoric Kingdom” at the Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt ©Senckenberg
Skull bone finds and graphic reconstruction ©Senckenberg
Edmond mummy in the Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt ©Senckenberg/Sven Tränkner
Digital Edmond reconstruction ©Senckenberg
Digital reconstruction Edmond skeleton ©Senckenberg