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Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

The Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (PIN; Russian: Палеонтологический институт РАН) in Moscow is among the world's largest paleontological institutes. An affiliate of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it includes collections from all over the former Soviet Union, as well as from other countries.

Paleontological Institute
Палеонтологический институт РАН


The Museum of Paleontology named after Yuri Alexandrovich Orlov is run by the Institute, and contains public exhibits representing almost every type of fossil organism. Particularly well represented are dinosaurs from Mongolia, therapsids from the Perm region of Russia, and Precambrian fossils from Siberia.

During World War II, the museum operated under a skeleton staff between 1941-1943 as the threat of the Battle of Moscow anticipated an invasion by the German army. Some specimens were packed up to prevent damage or destruction in air raids.[1]

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  1. ^ Bodylevskaya, I.V. (2007). "The Paleontological Institute during World War II: Academician A.A. Borissiak and the Moscow Group". Paleontological Journal. 41 (2): 212–221. doi:10.1134/S0031030107020128.

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