Sep 3, 2018

Fabled meteorite among treasures at risk from Brazil fire

The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro is a treasure trove which contains more than 20 million scientific and historical items. It finally arrived in the National Museum in 1888 after a long journey by specially built cart, rail and ship. The reconstructed skeleton of a Maxakalisaurus was the biggest dinosaur on display at the National Museum in Rio. The museum is housed in a former palace which during colonial times was the official residence of the Portuguese royal family. In 1892, the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, itself founded in 1818, moved into the palace.

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