Johann Andreas Wagner

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Hipparion from Pikermi, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
Pikermi fossil of a hyena tooth Adcrocuta eximia, showing the characteristic craquelure, Teylers Museum

Johann Andreas Wagner (21 March 1797 – 17 December 1861) was a German palaeontologist, zoologist and archaeologist who wrote several important works on Palaeontology.

Wagner was a professor at the University of Munich, and curator of the Zoologische Staatssammlung (State Zoology Collection). He was the author of Die Geographische Verbreitung der Säugethiere Dargestellt (1844–46).


In his travels to the fossil beds of Pikermi, he discovered and described fossil remains of Mastodon, Dinotherium, Hipparion, two species of Giraffe, Antelope and others.[1][2] His collaboration with Johannes Roth on these fossils became a major textbook in palaeontology, known as "Roth & Wagner", in which the "bones were much broken, and no complete skeleton was found with all the parts united".[3][4]