DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY
Zelny trh 6,
659 37, Brno
Visiting hours: Mondays 9-12 a.m., Wednesdays 9-12 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Head of the department:
- RNDr. Ruzena Gregorova - curator of Tertiary collections, investigation
of Tertiary fish fauna of the West Carpathian, phone: +420 533 435 222, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- RNDr. Stanislava Hrdličková - guide-mediator, curator of the Palaeozoic collection, phone: +420 533 435 221, e-mail: email@example.com
- RNDr. Zdeněk Minařík - curator of the collection of foreign items and the Mesozoic collection, phone: +420 533 435 219, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olga Zouharová - librarian-documentalist, phone: +420 533 435 221, e-mail: email@example.com
- Karel Diviš - preparator, phone: +420 533 435 221, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Description of the department:
The main task of the department consists in exploration and
documentation of palaeontological
and geological sites in Moravia and, first of all, in the management of its extensive collections.
They contain fossils from more than 1000 Bohemian and Moravian localities and from over 850 foreign
sites. The storerooms keep a lot of unique items from the fields of phytopalaeontology,
zoopalaeontology and geology. The most important acquisitions are the collections of Primary
fossils from the Barrandien, Devonian fauna from Čelechovice, Carboniferous flora from the
Rosice-Oslavany basin and the Ostrava-Karviná basin, collections of Permian stegecephals from
the Boskovice furrow, Mesozoic fossils from Brno and Štramberk, fossil fishes from Terciary
localities in the West Carpathian region. The collection of fossil footprints from the Carpathian
flysh is quite extensive. The foreign funds include Italian fossil fishes from Monte Bolca or the
famous German site Solenhofen. The collection of dynamic geology contains rocks from all geological
periods from the Primary to the Quaternary (volcanic bombs, petrographic rock specimens, ventifacts),
karst specimens); the volcanic bombs are considered as the most important acquisition.
The collection of paintings contains mainly
world famous palaeontological reconstructions by
the academic painter Zdeněk Burian. This is the most complete collection of this kind in the Czech Republic.
Palaeontological collections belong to the oldest
ones in the Moravian Museum, they
existed already in the time of the foundation of the Francis' Museum in 1817. The basics
of the collections were created by prominent Moravian aristocracts František Hugo Salm,
count Josef Auersperg and count Antonín Bedřich Mitrovský.
The department's staff carries out activities
aiming to the popularisation of science
and co-operates with all types of schools as well as with the general public.
- Tertiary ichtyofauna of West Carpathians, RNDr. Růžena Gregorová
- Documentation of important European fossils, RNDr. Růžena Gregorová
- Palaeontology of the Boskovice furrow
- Documentation of Moravian palaeontological and geological localities
- Library - hours for the public: Mondays 9-12 a.m., Wednesdays: 9-12 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
- Consulting - specialist consulting and determination of specimens: Mondays 9-12 a.m., Wednesdays 9-12 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
- Private research - for specialists and students only
Programmes for schools:
- Stone - what is it? How does it come into being? What is it good for? We will find out
the answers to these and similar questions in the course of this programme. You will learn about
the classification of stones and their basic types. Intended for the Ist and IInd level of the
primary school (duration 60 min.), suitable especially for the 9th class of the primary school.
- Unborn life - what does a fossilized dinosaur egg look like, how did it come into being
and what can it hide? You can see and hear it in an entertaining programme on dinosaurs, complemented
with videos, tests, puzzles etc. Intended for pre-school age (duration 45 min.), the Ist and IInd
level of the primary school (duration 60 min.)
- Excursions - In the company of a specialized guide you can visit two geological-palaeontological
localities near Brno (Stránská skála, Hády-quarry) from April to October. You will also be shown some fossils
from the storeroom of the Moravian Museum. Price of the excursions: 300,- Kč/group. Maximal number
of participants: 30
Please book the programmes and excursions beforehand. Contact person: RNDr. Hrdličková,
phone: +420 533 435 221, e-mail: email@example.com
- Jaroslav Říha, Jiřina Uhrová: ZANIKLÝ ŽIVOT NA MORAVĚ, exhibition catalogue (available also in English version "THE EXTINCT LIFE IN MORAVIA")
- Martin Ivanov, Stanislava Hrdličková, Růžena Gregorová: ENCYKLOPEDIE ZKAMENĚLIN (Encyclopedia of Fossils)
- Růžena Gregorová, Danuše Tomášová: GEOLOGICKÉ ZAJÍMAVOSTI MĚSTA BRNA (Geological attractions of Brno)