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Eppelsheim
Coat of arms of Eppelsheim
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Alzey-Worms
Municipal assoc. Alzey-Land
Elevation
179 m (587 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)
 • Total 1,198
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
55234
Dialling codes 06735
Vehicle registration AZ
Website www.eppelsheim.de

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

Geography

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

Politics

Municipal council

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.

The honorary mayor is Ute Klenk-Kaufmann.

Coat of arms

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

Museums

Deinotherium at the town hall

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

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.

In 2017, researchers reported finding teeth of an ape dating to about 9.7 million years ago. 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.

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