First evolution exhibition opens in Vietnam

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Hanoi-based Vietnam National Museum of Nature has opened a new exhibition hall on evolution, displaying a wide range of specimens that recorded life on Earth over the past 4 billion years.

The exhibition covers nearly 300sq.m on the first floor of the museum, believed to be the best of its kind in Vietnam.

Luu Dam Cu, deputy director of the museum, told Vietnam News Agency it has a collection of about 40,000 specimens, including 400 of animals, 4,000 of reptiles, 400 of fishes, 300 of snails, 20,000 of insects, and 10,000 of flora.

Among the objects on display are ocean sunfish, an 18.5-ton whale, a fossilized crocodile skull and other rare species such as elephants, tigers and bears.

The museum recently completed a collection of more than 800 fossil specimens of ancient living forms dating back to 203-175 million years ago such as ammonites, bivalves, gastropods and gymnosperms, Cu said.

The exhibition is open at House A20 at 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Cau Giay District.

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