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Exhibition: Guşteriţa through the eyes of the paleontologist

Location: Museum of Natural History
Duration: 25.04 – 31.12.2017
Curators: Dr. Rodica Ciobanu, Raluca Stoica, Nicolae Trif

Text from the exhibition curators:

Guşteriţa Hill, as it is known in specialty literature, is scientifically important from several points of view. The geological importance – for the reconstitution of the evolution of the southern area of the Transylvanian Basin, for stratigraphic correlations at Pontian and Pleistocene levels, for the study on several taxa from various fossil groups (plants, mollusks, vertebrates, etc.). The outcrop „Guşteriţa Hill” became known due to the studies and collections made by the priest, paleontologist and historian Johann Michael Ackner (1782-1862).
The Pontiac of Guşteriţa Hill is renowned not only for the collected fossils, particularly among mollusks, fish and vertebrates, but also for the economic potential of the Pontic clays in this area, exploited for the manufacturing of bricks and tiles.
The collections at the Natural History Museum in Sibiu, as well as recent collections, are proofs of the importance and richness of the area while the specialty studies in which the fossil area it is mentioned, have expanded the field of knowledge among paleontologists and beyond.
The exhibition presents to the visitors, fossils collected from the Guşteriţa Hill from the J.M.Ackner paleontological collection.
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