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The Indian Museum of the Earth (TIME)

The Indian Museum of the Earth (TIME)

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  • GS 3 || Science & Technology || Achievements of Indians

Why In News?

India has set in motion an ambitious plan to create Indianised version of the world-famous Smithsonian Museum, showcasing Indian subcontinent’s evolutionary history.

The Indian Museum of the Earth (TIME)

  • This museum will be modelled on the American Museum of Natural History, or the Smithsonian museum in the U.S.
  • The museum, which will be set up as a public-private partnership, would be located somewhere in NCR.
  • Unlike static museums that are commonplace, the proposed Earth museum would be a dynamic place to encourage fossil research, student activity,public outreach besides driving policy decisions.
  • The museum would be having a repository where individual collectors and researchers can submit their life long collection for safekeeping and allowing future generation researchers to study those samples.

India’s richness

  • India has a rich geological history and fossils dating back to the breaking up of the Gondwanaland super-continent nearly 150 million years ago.
  • Prominent fossils include the jaw of an extinct ape,Gigantopithecusbilaspurensi, dinosaur eggs so large they were mistaken for cannon balls, and the skeleton of a horned carnivore, Rajasaurusnarmadensis, or the royal Narmada dinosaur.

Why need such museum?

  • India is home to a vast treasury of geological and palaeontological specimens that contain a wealth of scientific information about the planet and its history.
  • Several collections of fossils and important geological specimens weren’t properly organised, and they survived only due to the efforts of individual researchers who maintained them within their labs.
  • But these rare specimens are scattered in different labs all over the country.
  • India doesn’t have a single such museum of repute, or a repository where new finds may be compared to those already discovered.

Additional References

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coming-soon-the-indian-museum-of-natural-history/article26450838.ece

Mains  Question

What is the significance of The Indian Museum of the Earth (TIME)?