Brazil’s National Museum, which held a collection 20 million the most historically significant anthropological items, has been completely destroyed by a fire. The cause the fire is still unknown, but many blame the Government’s austerity measures for the building’s decay, thereby leaving it vulnerable to weather hazards. Culture Minister Sergio Sa Leitao was quoted as saying the fire could have been started “by a small paper hot air balloon landing on the ro,” it was so vulnerable.
Among the 20 million artifacts burned to a crisp were the skeletal remains oldest woman discovered in Latin America, a 12,000-year-old cadaver scientists had named “Luzia.” Leading up his point, the Government had received many formal complaints about the decrepit state the 200-year old museum, which for all intents and purposed served as the National registry the Brazilian people. “We never had adequate support,” said the deputy director the museum after the fire.
“Given the financial straits the Federal University Rio de Janeiro and all the other public universities the last three years, this was a tragedy that could be seen coming,” tweeted Marina Silva, a left-wing presidential hopeful. The fire started Sunday afternoon outside its hours operation. No humans were harmed as the fire spread across the building, but it could be argued the loss such records is a dire one for the Scientific community.