Dubois collection

Dubois collection

The Dubois collection consists of circa 40,000 objects, all collected between 1887 and 1900 in Indonesia by Eugène Dubois. It is a unique collection of fossils, providing an overview of the prehistoric fauna on Java and Sumatra, as well as Dubois as a person and his dedication to palaeontological research. The collection does not only contain fossils, but also a vast archive, some of Dubois’ personal belongings, such as measuring instruments, his suitcase and some of his own teeth which he used to compare with fossil teeth of primates. The collection is much more than just a collection of fossils in a storage space, it tells the story of a remarkable man, his dreams and his determination to reach his goals. Dubois’ findings play a very important role in the knowledge we have today on human evolution. It was Dubois’ life goal to prove Darwin’s theory of evolution by searching for the Missing Link between apes and humans. Dubois succeeded but unfortunately did not get the recognition he hoped for. In recent decades this has changed and the Dubois collection is subject to research by scholars worldwide. Read more

Specimens (28,441)

SpecimenSpeciesFound inMatch
RGM.DUB.1Garialis bengawanicus Dubois, 1908Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10Garialis bengawanicus Dubois, 1908Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.100Hexaprotodon sivalensis Falconer & Cautley, 1836 subsp.Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000Tapirus indicus intermedius Hooijer, 1947Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.aMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.aaMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.abMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.acMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.adMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues
RGM.DUB.10000.aeMuntiacus muntjak (Zimmermann, 1780)Naturalis - Zoology and Geology catalogues