Collections






COLLECTIONS ACCESS RULES

Access to collections can be provided only with the concent of the State Darwin museum director upon the receipt of a written official request:- Scientists/researchers should provide an official request letter from an organization/institute they work for;- Students should provide an official request letter from the Yniversity they study in, containing information on their scientific curator;- Individuals may submit a formal letter addressed to the State Darwin museum director.Dr. Anna Klyukina, director of the State Darwin museumThe official request for the access to Darwin museum collections should contain information on the applicant's Last and First names, official job and occupation, purpose of research, topic and time frame, as well as a statement explaining the need to work with particular museum specimens.The formal request must contain your passport details (date and place of birth, passport number, date of issure and the authorities that issued passport), as well as your contact phone number.The permission to access museum collections will be granted after the formal letter is viewed by the museum's director and the items in question are regarded as available by the Chief conservator;The period for which the permission will be granted will be determined by the museum's director depending on the topic and the amount of work, but not more than one calendar year with the right to review and change of the period by the museum's administration.Should the research exceed the term of one calendar year or shoud the topic change, the researcher/student/individual must submit another written official request.All applicants upon the receipt of the permission get familiar with the museum working hours for visitors as well as rules of working with museum objects. A curator will be assigned to every researcher/student/individual to help organize the work in the most effient way. In case any damage or flaw to a museum object is detected, the researcher/student/individual is to inform the curator of the collection.The museum objects are not allowed to be brought anywhere outside the museum premises.When using museum objects and documents in reserch work, the researcher/student/individual should state their provenance with reference to the State Darwin museum, as well as to provide an author's copy free of charge to the museum upon the publication of work.Video-, tele- and photo shooting and photocopying of museum objects/materials is subject to prior written consent of Darwin museum administration and may be charged according to the museum's price list.

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GLICKMAN'S COLLECTION

The collection of fossil remnants of cartilaginous fishesformed by the prominent soviet paleoichthyologist L.S. Glickman  L.S. GlickmanThe collection of remnants of the fossil cartilaginous fishes was formed by the famous sovietpaleoichthyologist L.S. Glickman (1929-2000). It includes tens of thousands scientific items displaying the development if this group from the Carboniferous period until present time. The collection mainly consists of fossil teeth of ancient sharks, rays and Holocephali. In addition, it includes the remnants of Teleostei, teeth and fragments of bones of sea reptiles and other remnants of different invertebrates such as sponges, gastropods, bivalves, brachiopods and echinoderms. Most of the material includes the Cretaceous (over 1000 items) and Cenozoic (over 500 items from the Paleogene period) groups of the Lamniformes.Excluding the small Carboniferous collections, the collection presents the materials from the late Jurassic period until modern times almost without any stratigraphic breaks, namely from the late Jurassic period, early Cretaceous (excluding the Berriasian), from all ages of late Cretaceous, the Paleogene, the Neogene and the Quaternary Period (including the Holocene).In 1982 the collection was given to the State Darwin Museum by the candidate of biology N.N. Kalandadze, the seniorresearcher at the Y.A. Orlov Museum of Paleontology RAS. This collection has a great scientific and cultural value. It is known that most items had been collected by L.S. Glickman himself for over 40 years (late 1940es – 1980es). The entire collection includes the smaller ones formed by other geologists and paleontologists: V.I. Zhelezko, V.V. Menner, A.C. Stoliarov, V.A. Bronevoy, R.G. Garetskiy, N.E. Melnikova, D.V. Obruchev and others. There are also materials with old labels gathered by A.S. Rogovich (1850es), I.F. Sintsov (1870es) and a unique collection of fossil shark teeth found during scientific research in the Pacific and Indian oceans (RV “Vityaz”, “Ob” and “Lomonosov”).The collection of L.S. Glickman is world famous and still remains a unique resource of information on ancient sharks for many scientists and researchers. These materials have been available for study since 2014. Many specialists in paleoichthyology from different Russian cities regularly visit the State Darwin Museum to study this collection: E.V. Popov and A.V. Biriukov (Saratov), specialists in cartilaginous fishes of theCretaceous period, T.P. Malyshkina (Yekaterinburg), specialised in Paleogene sharks of Kazakhstan, F.A. Trikolidi (Saint Petersburg), specialised in ancient sharks of Crimea.At present time, the primary processing and accounting of samples of the Late Cretaceous period is almost complete. The largest part includes the extensive material from the neighborhood of Saratov (about 36400 items). The collection includes materials from different parts of European Russia, Crimea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania and Germany. The data base currently includes about 39 500 processed shark teeth of the Cenomanian period.Please contact the keeper and the author of the article E.M. Baykina for more information about the collection.

HISTORY OF COLLECTIONS

ссылки на подразделы (птицы, млекопитающие и т.д.)Since the very beginning, in 1907, theState Darwin Museum was planned as a museum dedicated to the theory of evolution. Thus all main collections were formed to translate this idea, unlike the majority of natural science museums - collections were arranged in such way that allowed to show the natural variability of animals (individual or geographical) and to demonstrate the most important fundamental principles of Charles Darwin’ Theory of Evolution.Quite an extensive part of Darwin museum collection consists of specimens (mostly stuffed birds) gathered by the founder and the first director of the museum Alexander Kohts during his student years. The materials were regularly purchased on special markets where most hunters from all over European Russia and Siberia brought their trophies. Some of the exhibits were made by Kohts himself during his two expeditions to the southern Siberia in 1899 and 1902. Another large part of taxidermy mounts is the heritage of Friedrich Lorenz's (1842 - 1909) taxidermic laboratory the best in Moscow in late 19th century. It was the place where Kohts learned the art of taxidermy and from where many talented and skillful taxidermists came to join the State Darwin Museum.Some zoological exhibits were purchased at the beginning of 19th century from famous European taxidermy companies, such as the companies of Ward, Gardner, Rosenberg (London, England), Schlüter, Umlauf (Halle and Hamburg, Germany), and Fritsch (Prague, Austria-Hungary, now Czech Republic). Some materials came from the members of the expeditions to various regions of eastern Africa - Vladimir Troitskiy and Vasily Nikitin - as well as from private museums and collections nationalized after the revolution of 1917.Since the mid 80-es regular expedition activities for collecting scientific materials were initiated by a new generation of young and talented employees of the Darwin museum. Ornithological, entomological and malacological collections were formed especially intensively, according to scientific interests and specialization of researchers.When studying and processing the museum's fund collections, the museum’s staff prepared and published a large number of scientific works on faunistics and taxonomy of the studied groups of animals. These publications describe about thirty new species and subspecies of diurnal butterflies and beetles. The State Darwin Museum continually keeps studying and developing its extensive and precious natural history and art collections.

TOURING EXHIBITIONS

Are animals as clever as we are?Are animals as clever as we are? This question has got not only scientists intrigued. This exhibition unravels the mystery behind experiments on animals within the research of their intellectual abilities.Visitors will get an idea of whether mammals, birds and insects are smart. How big is the gap between animals’ and humans in terms of the abilities of their mind/brain. Observation of animals’ behaviour in the wild sometimes doesn’t provide sufficient data, which can be obtained with the help of scientific experiments set with regard to particular circumstances and environment.The selected experiments remind school program. Animals are tested to learn how to calculate (add up) and recognize geometric shapes, to see whether they have good or poor spatial awareness, whether they are able to construct sentences and build something using their paws, beaks, if they can draw, and finally misbehave like children do during breaks at school. Many of these tasks animals complete as well as or even better than we do.25 panels 1x1 mExhibition program:A quiz, folding instructions for Origami, a labyrinth, a jigsaw puzzle, a test “An artist or a monkey?”Multimedia:a program “The language of vervet monkeys”, slide show “Paintings and drawings of primates making and/or using tools”, a game “IQ of different animals”