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Zoology collection

With several thousand animals and a variety of anatomic pieces, the zoology collection is a unique pedagogical tool that allows direct and general observation of the diversity of the animal world.

Originating from the former Sorbonne collection, this 'fauna conservatory' was moved to the Jussieu campus in 1961. The collection houses an extremely large variety of objects including naturalised specimens, osteological mounts, liquid specimens, histological samples, anatomical moulds and entomological boxes. It includes numerous naturalised specimens from the 19th Century and rare species such as the impressive coelacanth, of which there are very few specimens in existence in the world.

The collection is used on a daily basis for teaching, mostly animal biology but also ecology, physiology, developmental biology and palaeontology. For the preferential use of UPMC students, it is open to the public during events such as the Journées du Patrimoine and Semaine de la Science. The objects are divided between five rooms that total a surface area of approximately 170m2. Each room is dedicated to the display of one or several zoological groups. The first is dedicated to amphibians and sauropsidae (birds, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and snakes) while the second elaborates on the subjects of mammals and the compared anatomy of vertebrates. The third presents platyhelminthes, nematodes, annelids, molluscs, sponges, cnidarians and echinoderms and other groups of invertebrates. The fourth room deals with arthropods and the last presents various groups of aquatic vertebrates.

Contact: Santiago Aragon Santiago.aragon@snv.jussieu.fr