Museum of Natural History
In a newly renovated building, visitors can admire the largest tusks in the world – according to Guinness World Records (2011) – on a paleontological exhibition of international standards. The fossils and other many paleontological findings came to light after an extensive excavations period since 1990, by Evangelia Tsoukala, professor of Paleontology at AUTh. Fossil bones of elephants, felines, rhinos, turtles, small horses, tapirs, bears, machairodontinae, gazelles, wild boars but, also, bones of the big cattle, internationally known as “Grevenovous the archaic”, taken its name from the city of Grevena, were found in a very good condition for millions of years in the subsoil of Grevena (Ambelia, Milia1-10, Priporos etc.). The exhibition was enriched by various donated collections (mainly donated by the collector-researcher N. Bacharidis) of minerals and stones, invertebrates of the 30-million-year-old sea floor of Grevena (the bivalves, the gastropods, the sea urchins, the corals, a shark tooth of a great interest), elements that compose the paleontological profile of the area. However, the most characteristic finding is the Mastodon of Milia (named in honor of the area), a giant male herbivore ancestor of elephants, with tusks measuring 5,02m in length, 3,5m in height and 8,5 tons in weight, living in that territory since the Pliocene period, i.e. 3,5 million years ago. An even smaller mastodon, 2,5m high, was also found.
All the findings are offered to the public under the scientific care of the Department of Geology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with a team of Dutch experts led by the paleontologist Dick Mol. In that way, Milia, a small village of Grevena, is now a pin on the world paleontological map, open for both scientists as well as for the fans of natural history.
The collection is open to the public in a daily basis from… and by appointment and includes detailed guided tours for groups and schools and is friendly to foreign visitors due to the many informative panels in English.
Accessibility: Accessible for people with reduced mobility.