Georg zu Münster

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Count Georg zu Münster (German: Georg Graf zu Münster; February 17, 1776 – December 23, 1844) was a German paleontologist.

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Münster was born on February 17, 1776,[1] in Langelage near Osnabrück In 1800, he became a Prussian official in the principalities of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Bayreuth.[citation needed] He formed a famous collection of fossils, which was ultimately secured by the Bavarian state, and formed the nucleus of the palaeontological museum at Munich.[1]

Münster assisted Georg August Goldfuss in writing his great work, Petrefacta Germaniae.[1] Louis Agassiz and Georges Cuvier visited him at Bayreuth, where he donated them part of his collection.[citation needed] He died in Bayreuth on December 23, 1844.[1]

The Graf-Münster-Gymnasium in Bayreuth was named after him.[citation needed]


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