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Anatomical collections


Skelett einer Doppelbildung aus der Meckelschen Sammlung

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.