Curiosity and ingenuity - Scientific Collections and Experimentation at Padova in the 18th Century
 
Vallisneri
Narwhal tooth
Complete skeleton of a human foetus
Opere fisico-mediche
Sundial called an equatorial or equinox clock
Fragment of Nautilus shell
Narwhal tooth
Shell mounted onto a candelabra
Rhinoceros horn with brass base

 




Left incisor of the male narwhal, marine mammal which can reach 5 metres in length; it lives only in the cold seas of the Arctic region. Many naturalists, even in the eighteenth century, believed it was the horn of the mythical unicorn.







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