Curiosity and ingenuity - Scientific Collections and Experimentation at Padova in the 18th Century
 
Vallisneri
Rhinoceros horn with brass base
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

 





The rhinoceros has one or two horns on its nose (occasionally 3) formed by the growth of corneous filaments attached to a bony protrusion of the skull.
There are many species in southern Asia and Africa; the most well-known is the black rhinoceros which, like all the other species, is bordering on extinction because it is relentlessly hunted for its horn, which is believed to have magical powers.

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