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Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia

Florence | Geology, Paleontology
€3 - €6
6 14 Votes
The exhibition is dedicated to the fossils of large mammals, molluscs and plants that illustrate the history of palaeontology and are valuable testaments to the Earth’s past.

The skeletons of large proboscideans make a very strong visual impact. They include a mastodon with a stocky body and long tusks and a large adult elephant four metres high. Other skeletons are of a cave lion, a leopard and a sabre-toothed cat that lived millions of years ago in Tuscany when the area was a savannah.

Also on display are the skeletons of ancient sirenians, large herbivorous aquatic mammals that are distant relatives of elephants and the ancestors of the dugongs and manatees still living in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

An entire hall is dedicated to the horse, which originally (55 million years ago) was the size of a medium-height dog. The exhibit allows you to see and understand the evolution of this splendid animal.

The part of the museum dedicated to fossils from continents other than Europe includes the skeletons of large flightless birds (moa).

In addition, there are specimens of ammonites and other fossil invertebrates from the different geological eras: from the stromatolites of Mauritania, curiously shaped fossil formations that represent the first evidence of life on Earth (700 million years), to the Pliocene molluscs (5-1.8 million years ago).

10:30 - 17:30

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Contact details

  • Name: Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia
  • Address: Via Giorgio la Pira, 4 - 50121 - Florence - Italie
  • Phone: (39) 055 275 6444 / 275 7536

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°1, 7, 10, 11, 17, 19, 20, 25, 31, 52, 54, 82, C1



Stefano Dominici