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Brazil's National Museum, ravaged Sunday by a massive fire, is Latin America's largest natural history and anthropology museum, with more than 20 million artifacts and 530,000 titles.The residence of the Portuguese royal family in the early 1800s and then the Brazilian imperial family, the Saint Christopher Palace is 11,400 square meters in area, around a third of which is dedicated to exhibition halls.The museum is particularly reputed for the richness of its paleontology department with more than 26,000 fossils, including a dinosaur skeleton discovered in Brazil's central Minas Gerais and several specimens of species that have now disappeared, like giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers.It is also home to the largest meteorite discovered in Brazil, named "Bendego" and weighing 5.3 tons.
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