AEGEAN MUSEUM |
The Aegean natural history museum gathers samples of the natural wealth of the Aegean. The building has been built by donations of the Mytilinioi community of Samos and the 'Constantinos and Maria Zimali' foundation.
The museum is composed of five departments: the mineralogical, the paleontological, the geological, the botanological and the zoological. In 1994 the collection of the older paleontological museum (that ran since 1964) was transported to this building that includes finds of prof. I. Melentis who performed excavations in the area called 'Tsarouhi' in 1963. The foundation keeps financing new excavations and the paleontological department is enriched with more and more finds.
Mastodon and elephant bones, which used to be very common animals of the area and were more than 3 meters tall, are some of the exhibits that can be found in the museum.
Bones of the unique short-necked giraffe (ancestor of the modern giraffe) which was 2,5 meters tall and 3 meters long can be found in the museum's show-case. The animal had big claws to defend itself while on its head there were two short horns. There is also a fang of one of the most dangerous animals of the planet, called 'Macherodon', whose teeth were knife-sharp. In the lower part of the show-case the visitor can see insect-nest and bones inside the rock. The short horses' bones found by Mr. Melentis are considered to be very significant finds. These animals were very short and their height ranged from 80 cm to 1 meter. They had big heads, exposed narrow jaws, very little brain and three hoofs on each leg. According to the professor the evolution of the animal is visible whose first ancestor was found in Asia. It was 40 cm tall: it had five hoofs and lived 50 million years ago. The finds of Samos' are estimated to be 8 to 10 million years old.
There is also a show-case with the giant jaws and other bones of the Asian rhino which was black and had two horns.
Open: Monday to Saturday: 09:30-15:00, Sunday 10:00-15:00
Tickets: 3 euros, Reduced: 2 euros
Tel. +30 22730-52055
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