Media releases

16. Nov 2018

Exhibition as an Eventful Tour

The Natural History Museum Basel opens a family exhibition on the theme of the Ear

Playfully learning and trying out, being emotionally touched and sensing your own body: Along these guidelines, the concept of the special exhibition INTO THE EAR was developed. For the first time, the museum has set itself the task of creating a family exhibition which captivates visitors with its extraordinary models and numerous interactive stations all in a sensual atmosphere. A rich and varied programme accompanying the exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the topic, the Ear. In keeping with the target audience, the exhibition will open with a short play at 11 am on Sunday, 18 November.

26. Sep 2018

Prehistoric man with a delicate touch

Scientists from Basel shed new light on Neanderthal man

In a study published in the ‘Sciences Advances’ journal, scientists of the Natural History Museum in Basel and the Senckenberg Museums disprove the assumption that Neanderthals predominantly relied on their strength when using their hands. Headed by Senckenberg scientist Katerina Harvati, the researchers concluded that Neanderthal man performed his day-to-day work with precise hand and finger movements. The study is based on skeletons from Basel’s Spitalfriedhof cemetery (1845-1868), which have been archived and identified at the Natural History Museum in Basel and the associated historical files, which are stored in the State Archive of Basel-Stadt.

28. Aug 2018

Evidence of parasites in fossil fly pupae

International group of researchers, including scientist from Basel, reveals new parasitism findings.

An international group of researchers, which also includes Walter Etter of Natural History Museum Basel, has gained important insights into the evolution of parasitism: Wasps, who eke out an existence as parasites, already existed millions of years ago. Using ultrafast X-ray imaging technology, the researchers obtained the first-ever evidence of fossil parasitic wasps in million-year-old fly pupae. Four of the extinct wasp species were newly discovered and described for the first time. The research was based on over 1,500 fossil fly pupae which predominantly came from collections held by Natural History Museum Basel. A report on the extensive research project has been published in the current issue of the respected Nature Communications magazine.