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The Saxony-Anhalt Museum Association

Museums Saxony-Anhalt

Anatomical collections

Halle

Skelett einer Doppelbildung aus der Meckelschen Sammlung

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The anatomical collections of Halle University belong to the most extensive ones of its kind in Europe. They have invaluable preparations. The anatomist from Halle Philipp Friedrich Theodor Meckel (1755-1803) extended his father’s collection (Johann Frierich Meckel d.Ä. (1724-1774). His son Johann Friedrich Meckel d.J. (1781-1833) who added about two third to the collection created the scientific theory of abnormalities. The Meckels’ collections today consist of a human-anatomical and a comparative-anatomical range. There are more than 7000 preparations in these collections.