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As some might have read in a previous topic, I went to visit my girlfriend in Finland. 
Unfortunatly Finland must be one of the worst places to find fossils in the world, I did manage to find some quartz vains and a few pieces that may or may not be amber (have to do the hot needle test on them first)
Even urban fossil hunting is near impossible as pretty much all buildings are made from the fossil-lacking stones that can be found in Finland. 
The only urban fossils I found was in the Burger King in the Helsinki Central Station, the floor was littered with orthocones there. 
But Finland really isn't a good place to hunt fossils. 
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But one thing that definitly is a worth a visit is the Finnish Museum of Natural History!
It isn't a really big museum, the collection isn't that big, but the way it is presented is very awesome! 
One of the few musea that nails being modern and educative at the same time without overdoing it. 
Especially the Taxidermy diorama's were done amazingly. 

But I will ofcourse start this topic with what I think will interest you guys the most, the Paleontology part of the museum. 
 

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A mural with Pikaia, Opabinia & Hallucigenia models

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Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland

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Trilobites, most of which were found in Aland (Finland), Gotland (Sweden) and other neighboring countries of Finland

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Orthocone models

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Graptolites

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Eurypterid found in Saarermaa in Estonia (Silurian age)

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Eurypterid model

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Giant orthocone model

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ziggycardon

Dunkleosteus skull

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Placoderm models

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Coelacanth model

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Tiktaalik model

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Crinoid fossil bed

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Carboniferous forest

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Stenosaurus

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Large cut ammonites

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Tyrannosaurus rex skull

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Shunosaurus

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Giganotosaurus

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Compsognathus model

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Archaeopteryx model

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Gastornis

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Bison priscus

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Pleistocene fossils from wooly mammoth & Bison priscus

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Homonid skulls

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Great White model

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Cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) bones

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A few floors below was section of the museum dedicated to the Ice Age fauna.


Cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) skeleton

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Juvenile wooly mammoth molar

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Collection of Ice Age fossils from wooly mammoth, wooly rhino, Bison priscus, elk, cave bear, short faced bear, cave lion, Donocrocuta gigantea,

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Wooly mammoth diorama

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Megalocerus model

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Wooly rhino & Saïga models

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Bison & wolf models

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Cave Lion model

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Then there was the bone hall with mounted skeletons of living but also of some extinct species.

 

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Steller's sea cow

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Grey Seal

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Boa constrictor

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Narwhal

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Walrus

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Protocetus skull

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Giant anteater

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Sumatran rhino

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Asian elephant

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Japanese giant salamander

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Platypus & echidna

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Tapir

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And then there was the hall with taxidermy diarama's and it were the most beautifull displays I've ever seen in any museum! 

 

A naturally mumified crab eating seal

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Hunting Polar Bear

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Salmon fishing brown bears

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The African savannah

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Lion pride

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The Australian Outback

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New Zealand fauna

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Velvet worms, a living fossil

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The Amazon rainforest

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The Finnish offshore waters

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Siberian tiger hunting

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Snow leopard, one of my favorite animals

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And here are a few pictures of other displays in the museum. 
I really found it a very beautifull museum that is definiatly worth a visit if you are around. 
I was really surprised by how amazingly done the taxidermy diarama's were done and the models of extinct fauna and flora where very nicely done!

 

African elephant at the entrance hall

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Plateosaurus foot

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Hippo skull

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Two-headed calf

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Oxytropidoceras

Thanks for the great pictures.

 

Below are online PDF files of guidebooks and other publications to

the geology of Finland. A couple discuss the glacial erratics.

 

FOREGS 2002, Espoo, Finland

Excursion Guide 6 - 7 September, 2002

South-western Finland - geology and history

Geological Survey of Finland, Guide 50

http://tupa.gtk.fi/julkaisu/opas/op_050.pdf

 

Pesonen, L. J., Mertanen, S., Sangchan, P. and Koljonen, E. (editors), 

2012. Supercontinent Symposium 2012 – Pre-Excursion Guidebook.

Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo, Finland, 100 pp

http://tupa.gtk.fi/julkaisu/erikoisjulkaisu/ej_085.pdf

http://www.gtk.fi/_system/print.html?from=/tietopalvelut/julkaisut/julkaisut/uusimmat/tiivistelma/EJ85.html

 

Salonen, V.P., 1986. Glacial transport distance distributions of 

surface boulders in Finland (Vol. 338). Geologian tutkimuskeskus.

http://tupa.gtk.fi/julkaisu/bulletin/bt_338.pdf

 

Perttunen, M., 1988, Transport of glacial drift in Finland Proceedings 

of a symposium at Lammi, April 12-13, 1988, Geological Survey of 

Finland, Special Paper 7 Geological

http://tupa.gtk.fi/julkaisu/specialpaper/sp_007.pdf

 

Geological Setting of the Olkiluoto Investigation Site, Eurajoki, SW Finland

https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:43066581

https://inis.iaea.org/collection/NCLCollectionStore/_Public/43/066/43066581.pdf

 

Geological Model of the Olkiluoto Site Version 2.0 

https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:43066659

http://www.posiva.fi/files/1439/WR_2010-70_web.pdf

 

Nenonen, J, Portaankorva, A (Geological Survey of Finland) 2009, 

The Geology of the Lakeland Finland Area,

https://www.uef.fi/documents/640649/725289/georeview+finland.pdf/7b267da2-ec38-4d27-b01b-33d306df062e

 

Yours,

 

Paul H.

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Thanks for the tour :) Looks like a nice museum

-Christian

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Yeah it really was a fun and beautiful museum.

Just received this photo from my girlfriend which she took while we were at the museum :)
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aplomado

Awesome trip!

 

Fantastic taxidermy, esp of the polar bear...

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2 hours ago, aplomado said:

Awesome trip!

 

Fantastic taxidermy, esp of the polar bear...

Yes indeed, I've been to many musea around the world, but this one had the most beautifull taxidermy display's I've ever seen, the pictures really don't do it justice as it is simply breathtaking in real life.

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