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02-11-2010

The development from unicellular to a whale – presented by employees of the Zoological Museum of ONU during a tour of the museum to the event of the 100th anniversary L.E. Beshevli

  The unique collection of specimens of the I.I. Mechnikov ONU Zoological Museum was the main topic of the speech by a museum employee Leonid Ryasikov during the “Biologiy collections and foundations of museum studies” tour. The tour made it obvious that each of the 7500 specimens, presented in the halls of the "Reptiles", "Birds", "Mammals". The three halls of the museum exhibit about 13% of the whole collection, some exhibits are now used for educational and scientific purposes. Biology assistant professor Vladimir Nemertsalov (one of the administrators of the Students’, Postgraduates’ and Young Professors’ Scientific Society (SPYPSS) of the I.I. Mechnikov ONU) initiated this tour of ONU Mechnikov. The tour is dedicated to the centenary of the former director of the Zoological Museum, Larissa Beshevli.
  The museum's collection contains more than 56,000 expositions, for example, there is a Brazilian “bushmeyster” snake with venom so toxic that it decomposes cartilage and even bone tissues, and the “Harpy” eagle of the Philippines, which catches monkeys as they are quenching thirst and then enjoys feeding on their brains.
  "Remember, when you really want to drink – lose control for just a moment, attention is waning. This is when the harpy and swooping to the monkey. And a powerful claw grasps the victim ", - says Leonid to the tour group, as he describes the hunting habits of monkey-eating eagles.
  The Zoological Museum of ONU starts its history from before the foundation of the University since 1849, when the Richelieu Lyceum received a transaction of professors Nordman’s personal collection. Professor Nordman was the director of the Botanical Gardens, a famous naturalist and zoologist. The Museum is actively replenished by private collections, among which there is a collection of Nobel laureate Ilya Mechnikov. The director of the museum (from 1944 to 1951) Larissa Beshevli was engaged in the restoration of the museum during one of the toughest periods in the University’s life. It was under her administration that the museum was handed over a 29-meter blue whale in 1949, which became one of the largest exhibits among the museums of Europe.

The press service of I.I. Mechnikov ONU

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