Geology and Paleontology
The geological and paleontological collections illustrate the most remote history of our past through samples and finds of disappeared worlds.
The Museum of Geology and Paleontology is known for the large Plio-Pleistocene mammals of the Upper Valdarno basin and for a recent acquisition, a whale fossil skeleton excavated in 2007. The oldest preserved specimen, however, is the most famous pseudo fossil in the history of geology: a Canadian Eozoon, the “primordial animal of Canada.”
The Museum contains collections of aquatic and continental fauna of Vertebrates and Invertebrates, fossil flora (Paleobotanical collection) And rocks (Geological collection). In the case of the Strozzi collection, the specimens are all arranged together in a single room.
The first core of the Museum’s holdings goes back to the collections of naturalistic curiosities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, established in Florence by the Medici family, well-known and celebrated collectors. The subsequent vicissitudes associated with the history of the Museum have in any case guaranteed the conservation of an extraordinary historical-scientific heritage, a real deposit of cultural heritage.
Exploring this deposit, we can retrace the progression of geological and paleontological knowledge, based on objects at the centre of the scientific debate.