of Pleistocene Cave Deposits
The Breitscheid/Erdbach cave-system
(southern Germany) was opened in the year 1993 by
mining operations in devonic lomestones. It contains
a rich pleistocene mammal fauna. The outstanding relevance
of this fossil deposit is, that its cave floor taphozönose
has most probably not been disturbed since the younger
Pleistocene. This rarely preserved situation has been
taphonomically documented in a pilot project.
The cave system is now a protected
natural heritage site.
Panoramic images of the cave