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PUBLISHING ACTIVITIES

Publishing the museum publications is a continuing tradition in the long existence of this national institution. They are the records of numerous museological and scientific discoveries, exhibitions and other manifestations.

The start of publishing activities of Natural History Museum is dated to 1903. At the beginning the Museum of Serbian Land published smaller contributions on fauna, flora and gea. The first texts were printed in the journals Lovac, Nastavnik and Prosvetni glasnik (Hunter, Teacher, Educational Journal, respectively), the only recognized journals at the time.


SPECIAL EDITIONS OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

The first special edition was prepared and printed in 1903 by the famous malacologist and the first Director of Museum of Serbian Land Petar S. Pavlović, under the title: Wallcreeper (Trichodroma muraria L.).

The Special Issues were not numbered until No.7. The Special Editions were not titled that way until No.25, and the listed publisher was Museum of Serbian Land (until No.23) or Natural History Museum of Serbian Land (24-25). Starting with No.26, the edition includes the name of the publisher (Natural History Museum in Belgrade) and the title “Specijalno izdanje” (Special Issue). No.37 is named Supplemental/Special Issue, while No.38 and No.39 have the title “Posebno izdanje/Special issue”.

After a long six-year pause, Special Issues of Natural History Museum started to be published again in 2007. The two Special Issues were: "Butterflies (Lepidoptera, Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) from the collection of the Natural History Museum in Belgrade" by Ljiljana Anđus, and "Photography as a museum object" by Mila Karas.

Currently on sale at the Gallery of the Natural History Museum, Mali kalemegdan 5
These publications may be ordered as well. Contact person: Milena Radočaj


Serbian Lake

Gordana Jovanović

This monograph represents the first all-including synthesis of results of studies on freshwater Middle Miocene fauna recorded in the sediments of the Serbian Lake. This is a combination of a large number of systematized data from literature and author’s own research. It includes approximately 40 photographs, drawings and other illustrations of fossils, which were used as an important indicator of age and borders of the Lake. The included material mostly originated from fossil sites at the territory of Serbia, while for the sites at Kosovo and Macedonia only a short overview was provided. The very rich collection at the Natural History Museum was collected in a period of over one hundred years, enabling the author to reach conclusions on the main characteristics of the Serbian Lake but also opening numerous new questions to be studied in future. The types of sediments and the main representatives of preserved fossil remains were used in this book to discuss the challenges in determining borders, age and conditions that have enabled the appearance of the Lake. The monograph was published by the National Museum in Kruševac and the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, representing a unique collection of information that will be used in future research in field of paleolimnology.


(PDF teaser in Serbian)

Heteroptera

Ljiljana Protić

Special Editions of Natural History Museum in Belgrade, 2011, tome 43

160 years after the beginning of research on Heteroptera in Serbia, there is a book dedicated to this particular order of insects. This book is a result of several decades of work by curator-entomologist at the Natural History Museum. The book includes the history of research on Heteroptera in Serbia, their fossil remains, morphology, classification, description of certain species, their habitats, biogeographical position, diet types, communication (music and stridulation), as well as losses and gains to human economy caused by certain species. The greatest part of the book is dedicated to collections of Heteroptera stored at the National History Museum. They include all specimens from the initial collection (the first specimen is from 1904), collections by Nikola Kormilev and Petar Novak, as well as the Study Collection. The total number of included species is 1034. They are presented in 41 table charts, and the last column shows the country of origin for each species. The fauna of Serbia includes representatives of 35 families of Heteroptera. The present list includes 835 species in Serbia. Within this book there are 126 photographs, sketches, morphological details, portraits of old entomologists. This book will remain renowned for the perfect illustrations of Heteroptera prepared by entomologist Aleksandar Stojanović. There are 180 original drawing illustrations, made so precisely that even the smallest morphological details are clearly visible, and they will be of great help for identification.

There is a special chapter presenting the species important for economy. Some of the discussed important phytophagous species include pests on cereals, Eurygaster spp (Scutelleridae) and Aelia spp. (Pentatomidae), as well as species from families Rhopalidae and Lygaeidae, which feed not only on plant sap but also on seeds. Some species from family Tingidae are phytophagous pests on many decorative tree species in parks and alleys. The typical example is Corythuca ciliata Say. Many species of Heteroptera are important predators on pest insects and mites, for example representatives of families Anthocoridae, Pentatomidae: Asopinae, Nabidae. Certain species of Miridae are particularly beneficial as they feed on aphids and aphid eggs, so they are successfully used in biological control. Some ectoparasite Heteroptera, such as the hematophages from families Cimicidae and Reduviidae, are known transmitters of infectious diseases (chagas, hepatitis B, HIV, yellow fever). The book includes a detailed account on cooperation with the experts on Heteroptera from throughout the world. There is a list of international associations and past congresses where knowledge and experiences are exchanged and new ideas and guidelines for individual work are developed. The last chapter is bibliography with 508 references.

(in Serbian)

Summary (PDF)


 

Bats and environmental impact assessment

Group of authors

This manual is prepared within the project “Bats and environmental impact assessment: tools for implementation of the European habitats directive and the EUROBATS agreement in Serbia”, realized by Wildlife Conservation Society “Mustela” from Belgrade and the Dutch Mammal Society (Zoogdiervereniging), with the help of the Natural History Museum, Belgrade, and the support of the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Serbia.

The project was financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, under the BBI-Matra Action Plan Subsidy Scheme 2005-2008.


(PDF copy in English)

A Handbook on Allergenic Plants

Group of authors

Handbook on Allergenic Plants is a popular publication that presents the world of allergenic plants from the botanical and medicinal aspect. The included species of plants are inducing pollen allergies in our region. The chapter for each species includes a short morphological description, general distribution, a photograph, and for certain species also a microscopic presentation of a pollen grain. Calendar of presence of pollen in the air is also included.

In this handbook you will find following information: what are pollen allergies; why pollen affects certain persons while others are unaffected; what are the symptoms of pollen allergies; how to protect yourself; which medications are used in therapy of allergy ailments; description of immunotherapy.

There is a special part of this publication explaining the homeopathic approach to allergies. Finally, this “Handbook on Allergenic Plants” may also be helpful to parts of experts and scientists dealing with certain aspects of allergenic plants, who may need short summaries of information in this field.

Authors of Handbook on Allergenic Plants:
Dr sc. Marko Lj. Nestorović, curator botanist-herbologist, Natural History Museum, spec. Miroslav Jovanović, higher conservator-botanist, Natural History Museum, Ph.D. Gorana Šovljanski, spec. of pneumophysiology – immunologist, City Institute for Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis in Belgrade, Prim. Ph.D. Ljiljana Bajić Bibić, specialist of intern medicine – pulmologist – homeopathy specialist, KBC Bežanijska kosa, M.Sc. Jadranka Jokić, biologist, City Institute for Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis in Belgrade.

(in Serbian)

Price: 400,- RSD

From The Natural World

Gordana Jovanović, Dragana Đurić & Miodrag Jovanović

Publication of this book on natural world is one of many activities organized by the Natural History Museum in order to help the blind and poor-sighted persons as well as anyone else interested in learning about Nature through the world of books. The scientific-popular articles on Nature have shown the scope of life of Earth. At the same time this book presents an array of stories that lead the reader into the world of diverse living things that replaced each other through time and shared the space of our Planet through millions of years. This interesting and useful edition of the Museum was prepared in a completely new way that was previously unrecorded in our region. Special illustrations of selected natural objects were prepared with embossing technique and enable the reader to use tactile feeling to acknowledge various forms of life such as the long extinct trilobites, lizards, sharks etc. The three-dimensional representation of Nature motifs was followed by scientific-popular texts in Latin and Braille alphabets.

(in Serbian)

Price: 450,- RSD

Green & Black - The Story of Tea

Desa Đorđević-Milutinović, Olga Vasić & Balša Đurić

If you thought that preparing tea is just overflowing tea bags with hot water, be sure to buy the publication Green and Black - THE STORY OF TEA, which follows the eponymous exhibition, and to make sure that it is not so.

Although this publication plays a role of the exhibition catalog, it is actually a book on tea which is an accessible and interesting way of describing the path the leaves harvested on plantations follow to the cup of a pleasant, refreshing and medicinal beverage. The greatest value of this publication are descriptions of the characteristics of four basic types, as well as a number of the most popular types of tea, and recommendations for proper preparation. There is also a history of tea from its homeland China, from where in the first centuries BC it began to conquer the world. Special place in this book is reserved for pictures and texts on items of porcelain in which tea is prepared or served.

Olga Vasić

(in Serbian)

Price: 400,- RSD

Forgotten Brothers Radovanović

Marina Mučalica

The monograph and the complete publishing opus of brothers Radovanović, by M.A. Marina Mučalica. The DVD was published on November 24th 2009, exactly 150 years after the first publishing of Darwin’s capital work “Origin of species” in England. This monograph is an attempt to bring together all available data on brothers Radovanović and all the works they have written and translated.

Author

(in Serbian)

Price: 700,- RSD













A Handbook For Dinosaur Hunters

Zoran Marković & Desa Đorđević-Milutinović

Paleontology is a branch of science studying the extinct plants and animals that used to inhabit our Planet once upon a time. Everyone who would like to study dinosaurs and other extinct animals must first learn the most important thing in paleontology – the world as we know it today was not like this before. Continents, climate, seas and oceans, mountains, jungles, deserts, animals and plants used to be completely different once.

Authors

(in Serbian)

Price: 500,- RSD






Natural History Museum – A Guide

Edited by Ljiljana Protić & Olga Vasić

This publication presents the diversity and richness of Museum collections and their importance in development of culture at the national and international level. The data on time and form of origin of each collection, number of specimens and the territory where they originated (at the national, regional, continental and global level) show the longevity, continuity and comprehensiveness of activities performed by the Natural History Museum in fields of collecting, conservation and protection of natural heritage for over 100 years. The collections, their parts or individual specimens, which were used as a foundation for preparing the capital or important books and papers, indicate the extraordinary value of the Museum collection in scope of national and international science. The publication is illustrated with numerous color pictures. The intended audience has a wide range of ages, and the terminology and explanations in the texts are purposefully written to be approachable for the users without higher biological and geological education.

(available in Serbian and English)

Price: 320,- RSD



Photograph As A Museum Object

Mila Karas

From the review:

“Work of MSc Mila Karas is among the rare ones in Serbian museology dedicated to documentation and its crucial importance for study, conservation and presentation of heritage. Even more, one inexcusably neglected field such as documentation acquires new dimensions and importance through work of MSc Mila Karas. She has been studying the previously unknown diverse possibilities of this field and applying them to the museum practice of Natural History Museum, through photo-documentation of Collection of Nature Monuments of Belgrade BEO600.581.502.7. Then she specified its elasticity and adaptability to various needs and tasks, methodological ability to use methods and results of other sciences and scientific disciplines, ability to continuously branch out and increase the opportunities of these activities, and the primary task of all this is improvement of conservation of natural assets – natural monuments. By establishing the methodology of activities on documentation in this form, MSc Mila Karas naturally reaches the conceptual understanding of the photograph as a museum object.

The research work and practical application by MSc Mila Karas touches all the essential strategies of modern museology and conservation, functioning of museums and professionals. She found several ways to match her work professionally into the present-day definition of museum, the institution that collects, documents; studies, describes; explains, educates; protects, maintains, conserves; presents and promotes cultural and natural heritage of the society…”

(in Serbian)

Price: 690,- RSD

Butterflies

Ljiljana Anđus

This work presents the collection of butterflies (superfamilies Hesperioidea and Papilionidea) at the Natural History Museum in Belgrade. The collection includes over 7000 specimens. This work includes records of 165 butterfly species, with localities, collectors’ names and dates of collecting, as well as the Register of localities with UTM codes. The material was collected at over 200 localities, mostly within the territories of present-day Serbia and Slovenia, but also in other republics of Former Yugoslavia. The goal of this catalogue overview of collection of superfamilies Hesperioidea and Papilionidea at the Natural History Museum is to present the real picture on value and present state of this collection of butterflies. This list may be considered the first step in presenting this collection. The further scientific processing will offer possibilities to use the data in preparing the biogeographical classification of butterflies at Balkan Peninsula. These data should also be considered during updates of distribution maps for butterflies in Former Yugoslavia, as well as during the present formation of Red Book of Butterflies of Serbia. The final goal is the additional source of data for the national fauna of Serbia and countries of Former Yugoslavia. The paper was completely prepared for printing and sent to the printing firm in 2007, and as a Special Issue of Natural History Museum (No. 40) it was published at the very beginning of 2008.

(in English)

Price: 300,- RSD



Pliocene ostracodes of the Paludinian Beds in the Pannonian Plain, Serbian Part

Nadežda Krstić

A part of review:

The publication by Dr Nadežda Krstić is a very serious study, a result of many years of her expert work in this field. Although the author stresses that only the preliminary results are presented, it is obvious that huge amounts of material were collected from numerous sites, representing an excellent foundation for future studies in this field. It would be a pity if the results presented in this publication remained inaccessible for the wider circle of experts in this field.

Prof. Dr. Milorad Dimitrijević, President of Federal committee for preparing the General geological map 1: 100.000, reviewing the publication

(in English)

Price: 3000,- RSD








YEARBOOK

365 days of the Natural History Museum

Within its publishing activity, since 2007 the Natural History Museum has started a new edition – YEARBOOK – 365 days of the Natural History Museum. The form of the Yearbook includes data on all tasks, activities and events in one calendar year: news, information on curators’ results (new data for the collection, new sites, new record for global science, for Serbia and for Balkans), arranging the collections, academic upward mobility (Magister and Doctor Theses, expert exams), published works, participation at meetings, popularization in media, activities of the Library, innovations in interactive work with visitors, promotions and presentations.

The goal of starting the Yearbook is to leave a permanent document on activities of present employees of Natural History Museum, which deserve to be left for future. The strategic goal of improving the activities of the Museum, through use of modern museological strivings at global level, is demanding a high-quality, objective evaluation of activities of all employees. This concept of the Annual report completely fulfills this premise.

(in Serbian)

CATALOGUES

Currently on sale at the Gallery of the Natural History Museum, Mali kalemegdan 5
These publications may be ordered as well. Contact person: Milena Radočaj

Let's Touch The Nature 2

Mr Gordana Jovanović, Miodrag Jovanović & Dragana Đurić

The new tactile exhibition “Let’s touch the Nature 2” is using its unique, innovative tactile program to stimulate all visitors’ senses. Once again the Natural History Museum is showing its readiness to adapt the presented natural objects to all members of public and become the museum for everyone.

Authors

(bilingual Serbian/English)

Price: 300,- RSD


Heavenly Hunters

Marko Raković & Daliborka Stanković

Birds of prey have always represented a symbol of high speed, agility and nobleness, and therefore their symbols were used in many coats of arms of medieval noblemen, for example the families Nemanjić and Lazarević with a two-headed eagle. In modern times, birds of prey are one of the most threatened groups due to increasing destruction of their habitats both in Serbia and the neighboring countries, lack of food, pollution, collecting and shooting. Therefore the main goal of the exhibition of Natural History Museum “Sky hunters” is to point out the importance of birds of prey in nature and that the audience should be introduced to the rulers of the sky in a scientific-popular way. The catalogue of this exhibition is designed to present the wondrous world of this simultaneously powerful and endangered group of birds in a simple way, and to raise the awareness of public on necessity of protecting birds of prey in our country.


Authors

(in Serbian)

Price: 350,- RSD

And There Was Light...

Tatjana Milić-Babić

The catalogue of the exhibition of rocks and minerals “And there was light” contains scientific-popular and condensed interesting information on Natural History Museum, mineralogical-petrologic collection, minerals and rocks, as well as a short description of each presented specimen. The catalogue includes about 20 photographs of minerals and rocks, is easily readable and intended for broad audience.

Author

(in Serbian)

Price: 300,- RSD

Dinosaurios Agrentinos - Giants Of Patagonia

Fabio Frachtenberg, Jorge Calvo & Oscar Frachtenberg

Discover this fascinating world… Science can be fun…

(bilingual Serbian/English)

Price: 500,- RSD

Serbia At The Time Of Dinosaurs

Gordana Jovanović & Dragana Đurić

The exhibition “Serbia at the time of dinosaurs” includes only a small number of specimens of unusual extinct creatures from the rich collection of Natural History Museum. While certain specimens from Serbia are real rarities for Mesozoic of the whole Planet (the fossil ray and the footprints of the oldest dinosaurs), the other specimens are very similar in form and related to other species and testify on the diversity and variability of living world.

Slavko Spasić

(in Serbian)

Price: 200,- RSD

Fishes

Dubravka Mićković

The exhibit of “Fishes” includes specimens of freshwater and marine fish species, from Serbian rivers as well as from River Neretva, Ohrid Lake, River Bojana and Adriatic Sea. They include species used for commercial fishing, as well as the rare species of various taxonomic position, sizes and shapes.

Author

(in Serbian)

Price: 200,- RSD

Mente et malleo

Aleksanda Maran & Dragana Vučićević

The geological exhibition "Mente et malleo" is dedicated to learning about a segment of national natural heritage which includes the mobile fund of geoheritage of Serbia, the objects from the geological treasury of Natural History Museum.

Authors

(in Serbian)

Price: 450,- RSD

Skeletons In Live Action

Milan Paunović

The exhibition “Skeletons in live action” belongs to the classical concept of natural history exhibitions that presents and elucidates one of the basic human interests, which was very popular at the time of establishment of modern zoology, medicine and veterinary medicine, while today it has its renaissance in the field of biological sciences, simultaneously with the strong development of genetic principles. This exhibition presents skeletons of various animal species, diverse in taxonomic position, size and shape. The visitors are presented the practical role of an organism’s skeleton, its types, parts and taxonomic specificities, while the students of all ages have an opportunity to directly acknowledge and see the details that are the integral part of their school curricula.

Author

(bilingual Serbian/English)

Price: 200,- RSD

Historian Of Nature - Nikola Pantić

Desa Đorđević-Milutinović

The publication “Historian of Nature – Nikola Pantić” shows the research by Academy Member Dr Nikola Pantić (1927-2002) in a popular picturesque way. For many decades he studied paleobotany (science of extinct plants) and the past of our Planet.

In simple, short explanations this book presents the evolution of various ecosystems on Earth (primarily in the territory of Serbia) from 400 million years ago (when the first plants ventured to dry land) to 2 million years ago, when the Great Ice Age appeared on the Northern hemisphere.

We may freely say that Nikola Pantić was one of the last naturalists-philosophers of “old kind” who were interested in everything. He never adjusted to the “charms and suitability” of computers but always carried a pen and various paper notebooks where he noted the ideas instantly as they crossed his mind (later he would publish each of these ideas in one or another scientific journals). Learn about his research and the changes in life on Earth since the appearance of first land plants and animals to this day.

Author

(available in Serbian and English)

Price: 400,- RSD