Collections and research
The extensive collections of the the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) are research and evidence collections in which biological and geological diversity and its change in space and time have been and are described and documented. With the anthropological and paleoanatomical collections, the collections are also responsible for the protection of archaeological heritage from Bavaria, this is a unique feature of the SNSB.
Ininstitutionally, the SNSB have a responsibility to preserve and expand these collections, to process them scientifically, and to keep them accessible for current and future research.
Why collections matter:
Everyone talks about climate change – the biological response to climate change is visible in large collections.
Life on Earth is changing constantly – collections help to reveal and understand the changes.
So far, only about 10% of all multicellular living organisms on Earth have been discovered – new species can only be reliably recognized by comparison with already known species.
Many species are very sensitive to the smallest environmental changes. Collections help to identify them correctly and thus take the necessary measures.
Collections promote a more conscious way of dealing with nature. We inform, educate, exchange and network worldwide.
The Bavarian State Collection of Anthropology Munich (SAM)10,000 years of history of health Research [...]
Increasingly, new, as yet unknown, pests come to us – collections help to determine them quickly – and might save crops.
Nature leaves its mark everywhere – even at crime scenes. Collections help to read them.
We can only protect what we know – we explore the diversity of life.