• Collections

The first core of palaeontological collections was formed during French rule thanks to Prof. Gian Battista Guidotti, a former professor of natural sciences. Later, during the reign of Maria Luigia – also thanks to donations by the Duchess – the most important collections now partly exhibited in the Museum were acquired, such as the collection of fossil fish from the Eocene of Bolca and the collection of Plio-Pleistocene vertebrates by Cortesi, and a large collection of fossil molluscs (about 300 species) also from the Plio-Pleistocene of Piacenza.
The ancient and recent collections preserved in the museum mainly include fossil finds of marine invertebrates and vertebrates from the foothills of the Parma and Piacenza Apennines.


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