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Looking for mammoths, hippos and tigers on the Apennines


Mammoths, hippos and tigers once populated the Umbria-Marche Apennines, in particular the plateau that marks the border between Colfiorito di Foligno and Serravalle di Chienti. (HANDLE)

SERRAVALLE DI CHIENTI (MACERATA) - Mammoths, hippos and tigers once populated the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, in particular the plateau that marks the border between Colfiorito di Foligno and Serravalle di Chienti. The remains of these large mammals, dating back between 700 thousand and one million years ago, can be admired at the Mupa, the Paleontological and Archaeological Museum which is located in the underground rooms of the Municipality of Serravalle di Chienti, easy to reach through the new state road 77 "Val di Chienti". The mayor Emiliano Nardi, accompanied by Federico Famiani, the president of the association that manages, opened the doors of the museum to ANSA - born in 2002 from a synergic project between the Municipality, the Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of the Marche and the University of Camerino. the Mupa. Each year the museum is a destination for thousands of visitors, in particular it is stormed by school groups. "More than a thousand pupils come to see the large head of the hippopotamus or the huge tusk of the southern mammoth up close - tells Famiani -. When they are told that here, a million years ago, the animals of the African savannah lived, they remain very affected. " But once you arrive in the exhibition hall of the small museum, you also find yourself in front of a rich collection of ammonites from the Jurassic period, "because here - says the president - 200 million years ago, instead of the mountains, we had a beautiful tropical sea, so much so that most of the remains are molluscs. Then - he adds - 15 million years ago the movement that generated the Apennine chain began ". Famiani also remembers that the remains of mammals were found mainly between the towns of Cesi and Collecurti. "It is our jewel - says the mayor - Serravalle is a small village in the Apennines, but it boasts a first-rate historical and artistic heritage".
    "Those who come to us - adds Nardi - in addition to the museum also have the opportunity to admire the frescoes by Simone and Giovanfrancesco De Magistris, dating back to the 16th century which are found in the parish church dedicated to Saint Lucia".

Source: ansa

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