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Fragments of Nature from Persia


The exhibition, organized by the Museum System of the University of Florence, describes the scientific expedition carried out in 2017 by the Museum of Natural History and the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence to collect new samples of meteorites and rare or little-known plants and animals.

The exhibition, curated by Vanni Moggi Cecchi and Lorenzo Cecchi, presents some of the more than 300 specimens collected and describes the scientific results obtained, accompanying the visitor in a journey through fascinating natural environments, following the paths of the old caravans that travelled along the so-called “Silk Road” towards the Far East.

This exhibition is also an opportunity to introduce one of the many activities carried out in our Museum through a series of large images depicting desert landscapes and moments of life in the field.

The expedition was part of an international scientific agreement with Iran and was also participated by INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, the universities of Bologna and Camerino and the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran).


Fragments of Nature from Persia: Meteorites, Plants and Animals from the Lut Desert, Iran

14 December 2018 - 5 February 2019

'La Specola', via Romana 17 - Florence
Temporary Exhibitions Hall - 2nd floor

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday | 9 am - 5 pm
Closed on Mondays

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