The collections of the musée des Confluences include nearly 2,500 animal mummies. This remarkable number of mummified specimens is in fact the largest collection in the world outside of Egypt.
Huygens simple microscope(Circa 1680)
This microscope was designed by the famous Dutch astronomer and physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), who offered a new type of instrument with which to explore the invisible.
This entire naturalised specimen is a member of the Didelphidae Marsupials, the different species of which can be found from Canada to Costa Rica. Opossums are basically nocturnal, omnivorous animals.
The Dodo bird, hunted to extinction, is often cited as the first known example of a species disappearing due to human influence.