More than two centuries since the birth of Charles Darwin, the Regional Natural Sciences Museum of Turin has opened fourth and new permanent exhibition. The exhibition is spread over an area of about 1,500 sq.m. divided into three macro-aree.

The ideation and the management of the scientific project were carried out by Giorgio Celli, famous ethologist and Italian writer who died in June of 2011.

The diversity of nature
The first macro-area is a kind of modern Wunderkammer crossed by a massive red ribbon, scenic and structural element of the museum that houses rare artifacts.

The tour opens on minerals, gorgeous quartz specimens that form part of the mineralogy and petrography collection of the museum, still one of the most prestigious collections in Europe.

Winged dragon, reproduced in large format on the west wall. To fund ancient book of the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin.

A small forest of cylinders and transparent plates welcome trunk of cork oak, palm, golden bamboo, and even flowers, leaves and branches as in a large impressive herbarium.

Nine large acrylic panels with natural plant insert show the development of photosynthetic organisms: algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms.

The diversity of nature, zoology. Specimens of the ornithological collection.

The red ribbon concludes his journey with the zoology and is a space where live the tortoise and the armadillo, insidious reptiles, the moose and the tiger.

Paleontological exhibition is accompanied by great images and literary quotations. The resin models of a Stephanorhinus elatus (center) and a Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis (left) are recognizable.

Fossil rhinoceros, reproduced in large format on the west wall. To fund ancient book of the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin.

The diversity of nature, paleontology. Resin model of a Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis.

In the background hall stands a resin wall showing stratigraphic column "Villafranchiano", from the Pliocene to the Pleistocene, the area of Asti, and showcase paleontological finds.

Evolutionary spiral, the origin of the Earth today. Posters paleontological of the macro-area "The diversity of nature".

Adaptations and evolution
Adaptation, evolution and variability are the themes developed in the second macro-area, it consists of two sections that reveal the mechanisms at the origin of the diversity of life.

The concepts of natural selection, artificial selection and the mechanisms of evolution, are explored through interactive stations and evocative dioramas of the poles and the savannah.

The Adaptations and evolution, zoology. Specimens of the collection.

The concepts of natural selection, artificial selection and the mechanisms of evolution, are explored through interactive stations and evocative dioramas of the poles and the savannah.

The Adaptations and evolution, zoology. Specimens of the collection.

A place of honor goes to Charles Darwin and his long trips around the world, which he subsequently used the remarks on the theory of evolution.

Adaptations and evolution, zoology. Specimens of the collection.

The Charles Darwin travel in 1831 is traced through a multi-vision that allows you to follow the Beagle routes.

The origin of the variability
Adaptation, evolution and variability are the themes developed in the second macro-area, it consists of two sections that reveal the mechanisms at the origin of the diversity of life.

The section recounted the biological mechanisms underlying the transmission of the characters and the way in which the mutations and recombination of the genetic material determine new adaptations.

Reproduction and variability

From gene to protein

James Watson, the Nobel who with other scientists discovered the structure of DNA.

Design and construction of "The Spectacle of Nature" was entrusted to a group of companies and experts, coordinated by the Company Euphon Communication S.p.A.

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Curator: Enrica Ferrero, web and new media editors, Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin

Direction: Marisa Long, Manager, Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin.

Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin: Communication area, Conservation and Research area, Information and Documentation area, Museum Studies and Teaching area.

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