Sunday, 9 August 2009

The museums of Paris-part 1

ancient armadillo of national Museum of Natural History Musée national d'Histoire naturelle
Paris is a real museum-jungle! One of its treasures, the National Museum of Natural History (Musée national d'Histoire naturelle), is hidden in the green Jardin des Plantes (Garden of the plants).

Here i would like to show you the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, which is just one part/ bilding of the whole museum. There I was taken aback by an impressive collection of nearly thousand skeletons, building kind of a huge heird of bones to welcome the visitors.
skeletons whales National Museum of Natural History Musée national d'Histoire naturelle Paris
Above you can see the skeletons of different whales.
On the second floor I met some dinosaurs and other instinct animals. The incredible fossil collection shows a whole world kept alive as traces (of bones, teeth, shell, imprints of leaves or animal tracks) in sedimentary rocks.
imprint of shrimp in National Museum of Natural History Musée national d'Histoire naturelle Paris
This was an excellent way to travel in time and follow the evolution that took place on Earth. Thats why several scientists have refered to the museum as one of the most beautiful in Paris! I can confirm: it is really worth seeing...

skulls and teeth of walrusses in Musée national d'Histoire naturelle Paris

5 comments:

I Love Philippines! said...

What animal has that done structure? Real HUUUUGE!

Jana said...

Hey Roj,
the first one is an instinct one:it was called "Doedicurus", an ancient armadillo...really impressive, no?
the second pic is a mix of different whales skelettons and the third one shows an imprint of a shrimp!
cheers!

h. said...

ist das nicht der ausgestorbene patagonische riesen-armadillo?

das ist in der tat ein interessantes museum. stell dir vor, jemand bricht nachts ein und bringt all die knochen durcheinander....

Webbielady said...

The shrimp fossil marks is amazing while the other two are just.... "WOW"!

FotoDelray.com said...

Very nice trip in time indeed!