Jump to content
Walt

National Museum of Brazil burns

Recommended Posts

Walt

Founded in 1818 and housing over 20 million items, the National Museum of Brazil caught fire today and may be a total loss. Does anyone know specifics about their paleontology collections?  I imagine the mineral collections included priceless specimens...

 

http://news.trust.org//item/20180903001032-p13t9/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SULLY

Horrible news! Very upse:(tting 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FossilsAnonymous

That's a horrible waste of fossils and minerals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
WhodamanHD

The spinosaur Oxalaia was in there, some of the oldest human remains and countless other things. Irreplaceable objects. They have been cutting science funding for years in Brazil, my guess is the building was sub-par. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kane

Sadly ironic that they were in the midst of seeking funding for a fire prevention system. :( 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ricardo

That is a tragedy... the “Werner collection”, acquired in Freiberg, was there and now probably lost. That is/was a Portuguese Royal mineral collection transported to Brazil when Royal Family escape from Napoleon wars in 1808-1809 and was the “nucleus” of the first Museum collection.  

Since a lot of TFF members are Dino fans I suppose they had a superb “Chapada do Araripe” collection...

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walt
2 hours ago, Kane said:

Sadly ironic that they were in the midst of seeking funding for a fire prevention system. :( 

Yes, employees were reported as saying the building had been very neglected due to budget cuts. I wonder how much funding was diverted to the olympics...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tidgy's Dad

UPDATE

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45398084

What a catastrophe.:(

And of course Brazil hoards things in this museum as export is banned and private collection discouraged as only the 'professionals' can look after the national heritage. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
piranha

BILLION$ spent on the Olympics.  Grotesque priorities... a gut-wrenching tragedy! :angry:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
WhodamanHD

I feel like spinosaurs have some curse, multiple spinosaur holotypes possibly destroyed in the fire. Eerily similar to the fiery destruction of Stromers Spino.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wrangellian
2 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

UPDATE

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45398084

What a catastrophe.:(

And of course Brazil hoards things in this museum as export is banned and private collection discouraged as only the 'professionals' can look after the national heritage. 

 

2 hours ago, piranha said:

BILLION$ spent on the Olympics.  Grotesque priorities... a gut-wrenching tragedy! :angry:

You guys said it (ditto others above). What an obscene mismanagement of funds/priorities.

Saw this on the news, and had me wondering about our own museum. "All eggs in one basket" comes to mind... I don't think ours have been neglected to the same degree, but they're always complaining about the cost of things (a common complaint everywhere, I guess, as is corruption to varying degrees).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walt

 

4 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

 

You guys said it (ditto others above). What an obscene mismanagement of funds/priorities.

Saw this on the news, and had me wondering about our own museum. "All eggs in one basket" comes to mind... I don't think ours have been neglected to the same degree, but they're always complaining about the cost of things (a common complaint everywhere, I guess, as is corruption to varying degrees).

We have a lot of checks and balances that aren't really open to corruption or mismanagement, especially where public safety is concerned. Namely fire codes, building codes, etc.  Not to say corruption or mismanagement was the underlying cause in Brazil.  It was a 200 year old building in a tropical climate.  :)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wrangellian

Maybe so, but in a case where billions are spent on things like the Olympics, and nothing for this place (or else too little too late), it's a shame that the people in government can choose to use public money to fund their own particular interests/projects and not the other things that other people in the country are concerned about. Call it what you want, it's a problem, but evidently one that is not particular to Brazil...

I hope you're right about the checks/balances/building codes/etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walt
31 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

Maybe so, but in a case where billions are spent on things like the Olympics, and nothing for this place (or else too little too late), it's a shame that the people in government can choose to use public money to fund their own particular interests/projects and not the other things that other people in the country are concerned about. Call it what you want, it's a problem, but evidently one that is not particular to Brazil...

I hope you're right about the checks/balances/building codes/etc.

Agreed :)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×