Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia

Natural History Museum of Venice Giancarlo Ligabue

Fields of study


Between Biology and Earth Sciences, Paleontology studies organisms that lived in ancient times. Through the examination of fossils, paleontology provides a fundamental contribution to understanding the evolution of species, environment, climate and geography over the time.

Fossils, often fragmented and dispersed, can be studied only after a long and meticulous work of research, excavation, cleaning, consolidation and laboratory studies.

In Veneto Region, Paleontology has a secular tradition, going back to the 16th century and reaching its peak in the 19th century, with reserachers such as Giovanni Battista Brocchi, Tommaso Antonio Catullo and Abramo Massalongo.

Nowadays Paleontology studies continues actively, with expeditions and research projects that use the most modern technologies.