The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

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Didactical preparation of the collection Otto Kleinschmidt



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Didactical preparation of a collection – the ornithological collection of Otto Kleinschmidt
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In this research project within the context of the ornithological collection of Otto Kleinschmidt (1870-1954) we analyse the physical level of the objects on one hand and the conceptual level of biogeography and species definition developed by Kleinschmidt on the other hand. Apart from study skins, other original objects such as feather-boxes, selected morphological specimens, plaster casts etc. will be in the focus of this project. Moreover, the so-called “Geogramme” that Kleinschmidt developed illustrate important results of his life-long work through abstraction and visualisation of biogeographical data. These historical observations and analyses will be discussed within the context of current research.


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Former M.Ed. student
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