The North Alpine Foreland Basin is a classic area for integrative sedimentological and palaeontological studies of a dynamic Cenozoic basinal setting characterized by rapidly changing marine and terrestrial conditions. This special publication includes ten contributions presented at
the 2008 Molasse Group meeting at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. The contributions include various aspects of sedimentology, vertebrate and invertebrate palaeontology, micropalaeontology, stratigraphy, biogeography and palaeoclimatology of the Lower Freshwater Molasse
(USM), Upper Marine Molasse (OMM) and Upper Freshwater Molasse (OSM). In this introduction: 1) a short resume of the activities of the Molasse Group is followed by 2) an introduction to the scientific contributions, and by 3) an outlook for future scientific research.
Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie continuously publishes current original contributions from all fields of geology, ever since its foundation in 1807. All published contributions are in the English language.