Prehistoric whales, the ‘Padani’ cetaceans on display in Asti

It was inaugurated today and will be open to visitors until next year in the ex church of the Gesù in Asti, the exhibition Prehistoric whales, one of the most important European collections of cetacean fossils, hosted by the Territorial Paleontological Museum of Asti. On display, for the first time, fossil remains of the most important cetaceans found in Piedmont, some of which are unique in the world. The collection is enriched by life-size reconstructions of cetaceans, installations and a suggestive 3D animated video that tells the story of the ancient Padano Sea.

Unique finds

The collection presents the remains of various cetaceans such as the Tersilla whale, a unique find in the world; the oldest whale in the Mediterranean, found in Moleto; the whale of Montafia, one of the best preserved fossil mystics in Italy; the dolphin of Camerano Casasco, ancestor of both the current dolphins and killer whales.

The project

The exhibition is part of the broader project of the Piedmontese Fossil Cetacean Studies Center, the first in Europe, which could become a point of convergence for scholars, as well as a pole of excellence on these issues. The Museum thus takes the first step to arrive at the Unesco candidacy. The exhibition is also one of the flagship events of the Douja D’Or 2021, during which the Museum will be open exceptionally even in the evening.