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Meteorite Survives Catastrophic Fire at the National Museum of Brazil

Meteorite Survives Catastrophic Fire at the National Museum of Brazil

Presumably the fire in the Museum could arise from the Chinese lantern. So, they may ask collectors worldwide to donate or sell historical artifacts to be placed in a possibly new yet-to-be built museum.

The massive fire that recently hit the National Museum of Brazil destroyed all 700 ancient Egyptian artifacts displayed in the pharaonic hall, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement Thursday. Some parts of the collection were stored at other sites.

However, as the museum's director Paulo Knauss pointed out, the archive was not only an important record of Brazilian anthropology, but also "fundamental for global history", reported news outlet G1.

Sa Leitao, who in July 2017 became culture minister under Temer - a deeply unpopular center-right leader - acknowledged that "the tragedy could have been avoided" but said "the problems of the National Museum have been piling up over time". Aerial photos of main building showed only heaps of rubble and ashes in the parts of the building where the roof collapsed.

"I've been inside, there are places where we can retrieve some things", Kellner said.

In its collection of about 20 million items, one of the most prized possessions is a skull called Luzia, which is among the oldest fossils ever found in the Americas.

"And so the pieces that do remain ... the majority of them [are] dispersed around the world in sometimes obscure collections that people don't really know about". The museum also contained vast collections of flora and fauna specimens, including from extinct species.

Many have linked this lack of finances to austerity measures made by Temer's government which have taken effect since he assumed the presidency in 2016, following the impeachment of ex-President Dilma Rousseff. Police held the crowd back with pepper spray, tear gas and batons.

The Luzia fossil, for instance, is the skull of a woman who lived 11,500 years ago in Brazil. "They're burning our history, and they're burning our dreams". The PT (Workers' Party) and Rede are theonly two political parties which have included policies for the protection of museums in their manifestos for this year's elections. Tellingly, at one point the museum had to crowdfund money to fix the base of one of its dinosaur fossils. Officials have said it was well known that the building was vulnerable to fire and in need of extensive fix.

"Look at the irony".

Luiz Duarte, another vice director, told TV Globo: "It is an unbearable catastrophe".

The rumbling tensions reflect anger over the destruction on Sunday of the much-loved yet dilapidated museum, which suffered from declining federal funding. "Unhappy folks in Brazil accumulate now not accelerate to high faculty, now not to claim to museums". But museum officers display a long legacy of budget cuts and neglect. The fire hydrants close by weren't able to be pumped so firefighters had to take water from a nearby lake. Serejo said that smoke detectors were not working.

The museum's decline did not happen overnight, said Renato Rodriguez Cabral, a teacher in the geology and palaeontology department.

"Let this free us from the ignorance that fails to appreciate culture, science and our national identity", he wrote on Twitter.


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