Paris National Museum of Natural History in France


Paris National Museum of Natural History




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Local name Musee National D'Histoire Naturelle
Typemuseum

Owner
Founded1793
Address 57 Rue Cuvier
Place Paris
Country France

DirectorsBruno David

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VeterinariansGeorges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

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Description

Paris National Museum of Natural History, located at 57 Rue Cuvier, in Paris, France , was founded in 1793.

Taxidermy specimens


Paris National Museum of Natural History has in its collection 3 elephantine taxidermy specimens with records in this database:

(Measurements of teeth and body parts follow the system described by Maglio (1973; P = plate number, L = length, W = width, H = height, LF = lamellar frequency)


    unknown Accession nr: . Received: 1681-00-00 unknown
    Species: African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
    * Born 1664 at Africa unspecified location † Dead 1681-01-22 at Versailles menagerie
    Death: unknown Death reason: unknown (N/A)

    First specimen of Mastodon Accession nr: . Received: 1740-00-00 First specimen of Mastodon (fossil)
    Species: American Mastodon (Mammut americanus)
    * Born at North America unspecified forest † Dead at Big Bone Lick State Park
    Death: Death reason: unknown (N/A)
    Discovered as fossil 1739 by French military expedition at along the Ohio River at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky,
    Body, bone or dental material: bones and teeth,

    Siam Accession nr: . Received: 1997-09-29 Siam
    Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
    * Born 1945 at Asia unspecified location † Dead 1997-09-29 at Paris Zoo Vincennes
    Death: disease Death reason: foot problems

Comments / picturesThe museum was formally founded on 10 June 1793, during the French Revolution. Its origins lie, however, in the Jardin royal des plantes médicinales (royal garden of medicinal plants) created by King Louis XIII in 1635, which was directed and run by the royal physicians. The royal proclamation of the boy-king Louis XV on 31 March 1718, however, removed the purely medical function, enabling the garden—which became known simply as the Jardin du Roi (King\'s garden)—to focus on natural history.

References for records about Paris National Museum of Natural History

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Paris National Museum of Natural History, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3054. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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