Fire destroys rare snake collection

Independent (UK): A fire in Brazil has destroyed what may have been the world's largest scientific collection of dead snakes, spiders and scorpions, which served as the main source for research on many species. Members of the Instituto Butantan said the nearly 100-year-old collection lost in the fire included almost 80,000 snakes and several thousand specimens of spiders and scorpions. The specimens were used to study evolution and how to avert extinctions, said institute director Otavio ......

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