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By WANG QIAN | China Daily | Updated: 2024-06-13 06:25

The exhibition highlights a selection of objects, including a skeleton of a giant sea turtle from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco, approximately 66 to 70 million years ago. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Highlighting a selection of objects acquired in the past two years that exemplify the National Natural History Museum's collecting vision and strategies, A Symphony of Nature — An Exhibition on Selected Collection Accessioned in 2022 and 2023 kicked off on June 5 at the museum in Beijing.

The exhibition aims to celebrate its first anniversary as the National Natural History Museum, changed from the Beijing Museum of Natural History on June 5 last year. It has 209 items selected from the new collection of more than 40,000 since 2022. Most are on display for the first time.

"These precious specimens and artworks can help visitors better understand the evolution of life and our planet, raising public awareness of environmental protection," Zhang Yuguang, deputy director of the museum, says.

Running until July 21, the exhibition is divided into 10 sections, including geological minerals, life in water, plants and animals.

With a collection of more than 401,600 historical and current specimens and artworks and a history of more than 70 years, the National Natural History Museum has actively played an essential role in scientific research, developing diversified learning programs and deepening international communication, according to Zhang.

In the section, An Epic of Life, a giant sea turtle skeleton (Alienochelys selloumi) from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco, approximately 66 to 70 million years ago, is a rare fossil more than 3 meters long, according to Gao Lihong from the museum's Earth sciences department.

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