Systema Naturae: The Specimen Speaks

University Museum, The University of Tokyo

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Until the 18th century, all natural objects were thought to be creations of God. It was Carl von Linné who succeeded in creating a taxonomy of the various things in the natural world. In 1735, Linné wrote the Systema Naturae, and classified the natural world into three kingdoms, those of plants, animals, and minerals. The museum was born to serve this purpose: the collection and classification of natural objects. It was through research conducted there that natural objects were found to be products of evolution. This exhibition attempts an actual view of the Systema Naturae through the specimen in our collection.

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From 2004-10-02 To 2005-05-08

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