South_American_Collection – University of Copenhagen

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Part of the South American Collections at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

Part of the South American Collections at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

The South American Collections

The main collections of foreign fossils are the skeletons of Edentata from La Plata, Argentina, donated by Valdemar Lausen and the fossils from Minas Gerais, Brazil, collected by Peter Wilhelm Lund.

The Lausen Collection was bought by Lausen at auctions between 1875-1885 and consists first of all of complete or almost complete skeletons of ground sloths and glyptodonts.

The Lund Collection consists of bones excavated by Lund around 1835-1845 in limestone caves near Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais. The bones represent mammals (including Homo), birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians and include several type specimens of rodents, edentates and primates.

Species list of the P. W. Lund Collection (Quarternary zoology).

Because of weathering and water transport, the majority of the bones are strongly fragmented. However, complete skulls and also bones are preserved. Of special interest are the remains of some of the earliest South Americans, represented by samples of skulls and limb bones of Homo sapiens from the Lake Sumidouro.