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New permanent exhibition at the Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence, Palaeontology section: it tells the Stories of a whale.

sala balenaThe Whale, recently found in the Tuscan countryside and exhibited for the first time, is the queen of the new exhibits in the Geology and Palaeontology section in Via Giorgio La Pira: Tales of a whale.

The skeleton of the whale and other fossils illustrate the ecosystem of 3 million years ago when most of Tuscany was covered by the sea. A prehistoric whale surrounded by abundant fossil fauna provides evidence of the marine community that had developed around the cetacean lying on the ocean floor.
The Whale of Orciano constitutes the nucleus of the new hall dedicated to the environment in the ancient Pliocene sea, offering us, 21st century spectators, a spectacular snapshot of the seabed at that time, so close we can almost walk on it.
Images and sounds will transmit emotions, inspirations and knowledge of the immensity of the sea depths to the visitor.

A unique and innovative exhibition that adds wonders to the museum itinerary known for the famous collection of the great proboscidians.
Another attraction in this section is the Oreopithecus bambolii, an anthropomorphic monkey that is unique in the world, that lived 9 million years ago, was found in Maremma in Tuscany, and is an extraordinarily valuable find for the studies of evolution.
The Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence, with ten million specimens and over four centuries of history, is the most important Italian natural history museum and one of the most important in the world.
The sections of the museum are Anthropology and Ethnology, Biomedicine, Botany, Chemistry. Geology and Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Lithology, Botanical Garden and Zoology.
The various sections, located in different parts of the city of Florence, are available on the  official website of the museum. 


Published: 10/5/2016

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