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NATURAL HISTORY

. The Museum of Natural History
. The Permanent Exhibition
. The Live World
. Ecosystems
. Palaeontology Sector
. Mineralogy Sector
. Garden Dinosaurs
muzeul de naturale
. THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Address:
Str. Cetății, Nr. 1, Sibiu 550169
Telephone: (+40) 0269/436545
 
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THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

PALAENTOLOGY SECTOR

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The palaeontological items in the permanent exhibition are a good opportunity for a reconstitution attempt. It could seem odd today that the animals adapted for a cold climate, as the mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros, had dwelled on hills around Sibiu. Their bonny remains are in the possession of the Museum through the effort of one of the founders of the Transylvanian Society for Natural Sciences.
Several fossils from Society’s collections are on display in the hall to the exit; in this section there is to be admired a specimen of Bison priscus, the Steppe Wisent, from which descend the auroch and the modern wisent in Europe and the bison in America. The skeleton of a steppe wisent in the Museum is valuable because it is complete, no bone missing. It was discovered on 8th of January, 1901, and now is part of the permanent exhibition. The skeleton is 180 cm in height, while today’s cattle are less than 125 cm.
Adjoined to this impressive item there are other skeletal fragments of mammoth (a femur, tusk fragments, molars, vertebrae) and of woolly rhinoceros (skull, leg bones) discovered in the Gușterița Sibiu quarter, as well as skeleton fragments of the Cave Bear (Ursus spaeleus).

 
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