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  The Paleontological Museum "Dimitar Kovachev"

    The impressive collection of the Paleontological Museum, which represents an extremely scientific and cultural heritage of its kind, is constantly growing up. In addition to numerous corals, ammonites and other fossil invertebrates, the collection boasts above all the fossil mammals. In its volume this is the largest collection in Bulgaria of Neogene vertebrates. Over 30,000 specimens are included in the scientific collection of the Late Miocene mammals. New fossils are permanently added, extracted from tones fossil sediments, stored in stocks of the Museum. Numerous remains of fossil horses (hiparioni), antelopes, predators, proboscideans (mastodons and dinotheria), monkeys and more are included in the rich collection.
    The collection of hundreds of well-preserved skulls and skull fragments of the three-toed horses - Hiparioni, the antelopes and gazelles, the unique skeleton of Metailurus - an animal, similar to a leopard, the whole preserved skulls of the Indarctos bear and the Sabertooth tiger - Machairodus, skulls of the monkey - Mesopithecus, etc. possesses an extreme scientific value. These remains give opportunity for outlining the ways of the development of the natural environment at home and in Europe during the late Miocene and the Turolian Age - more than 7 million years ago. The scientific and cultural value of paleontological collection, the riches of the exhibition and scientific depots make the Asenovgrad branch one of the most significant museum, representing the ancient animal world since the time of the Hiparion fauna in Europe.