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According to Live Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science September 4, 2018 at 09:45AM.)
A large fire destroyed Brazil’s museum Sunday (Sept. 2), ruining one of Latin America’s most venerable cultural and research insitutions and the 200-year-old home of more than 20 million artifacts, according to its website.
No one has been reported injured or killed in the blaze itself, but a number of priceless artifacts are believed to have been destroyed, according to CNN. The most famous of those artifacts was Luzia, the 11,000-year-old skull of a Paleoindian woman whose remains are the earliest discovered in the Americas. A number of irreplacable artworks and Egyptian mummies are also believed lost, though a full accounting is not yet possible, since investigators have yet to enter the building, according to The Guardian. [Photos: The Monkeys of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest]
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