Eppelsheim

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Eppelsheim
Coat of arms of Eppelsheim
Coat of arms
Location of Eppelsheim within Alzey-Worms district
Eppelsheim in AZ.svg
Eppelsheim is located in Germany
Eppelsheim
Eppelsheim
Eppelsheim is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Eppelsheim
Eppelsheim
Coordinates: 49°42′N 8°9′E / 49.700°N 8.150°E / 49.700; 8.150Coordinates: 49°42′N 8°9′E / 49.700°N 8.150°E / 49.700; 8.150
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictAlzey-Worms
Municipal assoc.Alzey-Land
Government
 • MayorUte Klenk-Kaufmann
Area
 • Total5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Elevation
179 m (587 ft)
Population
 (2015-12-31)[2]
 • Total1,270
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
55234
Dialling codes06735
Vehicle registrationAZ
Websitewww.eppelsheim.de

Eppelsheim is a village (Ortsgemeinde) in the Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[change | change source]

Eppelsheim lies on a high plateau in the Rhenish Hesse wine region.

Politics[change | change source]

Municipal council[change | change source]

The village has a council that governs it. The council has 16 members. These members are elected by the people of the village. In the 2014 election, 9 members of the FWG and 7 of the SPD were elected.[3]

The honorary mayor is Ute Klenk-Kaufmann.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

The village’s arms has two halves. They are divided vertically. On the left is a crowned lion. It is standing on its hind legs and facing left. The right half has a green branch with two green apples.

Culture[change | change source]

Museums[change | change source]

Deinotherium at the town hall[change | change source]

The Dinotherium-Museum in Eppelsheim holds fossil remains of mammals from deposits about ten million years old from the prehistoric Rhine near Eppelsheim. These deposits are known as the Deinotherium Sands, because they often contain teeth and bones from the extinct proboscid deinotherium.

Paleontological discoveries[change | change source]

Besides the dinotherium fossils, the femur of a Paidopithex rhenanus was found in the area in the 19th century. This was a now-extinct catarrhine primate. [4]

In 2017, researchers reported finding teeth of an ape dating to about 9.7 million years ago. [5] The teeth seem to belong to a kind of ape similar to Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), but that animal first appeared in Africa more than 4 million years later. [6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
  3. "LWL RLP - Kommunalwahlen: Ergebnisse der Ratswahlen: Wahlergebnisse 2014: Stadt- und Gemeinderatswahlen:". www.wahlen.rlp.de.
  4. Köhler, Meike; Alba, David M.; Solà, Salvador Moyà; MacLatchy, Laura (1 December 2002). "Taxonomic affinities of the Eppelsheim femur". American Journal of Physical Anthropology 119 (4): 297–304. doi:10.1002/ajpa.10140. PMID 12448015. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12448015. 
  5. WELT (18 October 2017). "Fund bei Eppelsheim: Zahn eines Menschenaffen ist fast zehn Millionen Jahre alt" – via www.welt.de.
  6. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Archaeology fossil teeth discovery in Germany could re-write human history - DW - 19.10.2017". DW.COM.

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