Volume 4 (2011)


An overview of the basic data on meteorites stored in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo is given in this paper. For each meteorite there is data on the location of the fall, the date of the fall and the sample weight, as well as its place in the classification, synonyms by which it is known, and photos of external forms. Along with meteorites, glass-like materials – tektites – formed by meteorite impacts, are also presented in this work.

Key words: meteorites collections, composition, structure, external forms, tektites

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Nenadić, D., Gaudényi, T., Bogićević, K., Gulan, Z.
The lower quaternary boundary in the southeastern Srem (north Serbia)

Quaternary deposits in the area of the southeastern Srem have continuous distribution, and in some places a considerable thickness (more than 100 m). On the basis of their origin, the deposits formed in the northern parts of the investigated area (on the Fruška Gora slopes) can be differentiated from those formed in the wider area of the Danube-Sava valley system. Although the lower boundary of the Quaternary with the pre-Quaternary sediments is usually clear, some further investigations are required to give a more detailed view of its precise stratigraphic position. The “Srem series” need to be more precisely dated so that the proluvial-deluvial processes and their relation to tectonics and climatic changes can be better understood. In the case of fluvial polycyclic sediments it is possible (on the basis of sedimentological characteristics and palaeontological records) to differentiate clearly pre-Quaternary from Quaternary sediments. The problem with the marsh-lake sediments is much more complex. In the Paludina beds neither the position of the Pliocene-Pleistocene (Neogene-Quaternary) boundary has been precisely established, nor has the time span in which particular stages of development of the Slavonian (Paludina) lake took place.

Key words: Quaternary, lower boundary, southeastern Srem

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The Svoge Coalfield is an intramontane depression in the Variscan Range, probably 2000 metres above sea level. The Dobrudzha Coalfield is a depression in the Variscan foredeep, at least 190 metres above sea level. The composition of the Pendelian to Bolsovian megafloras of both coalfields is compared. The differences affect mainly the composition of the pteridosperms. In the Svoge Coalfield Lyginopteris, Lonchopteris, Reticulopteris and Linopteris are not present. Eusphenopteris, Alethopteris, Mariopteris, Neuropteris and Paripteris are represented by one or two species, but disappear earlier than in the Dobrudzha Coalfield. Neuralethopteris is represented by some local species and N. schlehanii also disappears earlier than in Dobrudzha. In the Dobrudzha Coalfield, genera with reticulated veins are well represented, including some neuropterids with frequently semi-reticulated veins. These differences allow for the interpretation of the effects of cooling, which are greater in the Svoge Coalfield. A sequence is established of the sensitivity of genera to cooling. Regional drought in the Dobrudzha Coalfield resulted in intensive vein reticulation in Neuropteris.

Key words: Bulgaria, Carboniferous, megaflora, peculiarities, climate

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In this paper, the procedures of restauoration, conservation and reconstruction of missing parts carried out on the mammoth skeleton found in the clay-mine “Toza Marković” in Kikinda (September 1996) are described. Work methods, chemicals and tools that were used in this process are presented. This paleontological conservation is one of the first done to such a great extent in this part of Europe. The process of bone protection was undertaken in phases and required a meticulous approach to every part of the skeleton. Following the completion of this work, the original skeleton is on display at the National Museum of Kikinda, while two replicas are stored in Kikinda and Belgrade.

Key words: Conservation, mammoth, skeleton, Kikinda

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The General Herbarium of the Natural History Museum (BEO) includes part of the herbarium material collected by the great Serbian botanist Dr Sava Petrović (1839-1889). Considering the importance of S. Petrović’s work for the botanical science of the 19th century, his herbarium has an important position from both a scientific and a museological standpoint. This herbarium collection has been conserved and inventoried. It was determined that it includes 648 herbarium sheet covers with 629 plant species, and the average age of the museum specimens is around 130 years.

Key words: Sava Petrović, Herbarium, Natural History Museum, Belgrade

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This paper includes a list of 26 species of Heteroptera new to the fauna of Serbia: Sigara (Retrocorixa) semistriata (Fieber, 1848); Micronecta minutissima (Linnaeus, 1758); Hesperocorixa linnaei (Fieber, 1848); Mesovelia furcata Mulsant & Rey, 1852; Fulvius oxycarenoides (Reuter, 1878); Macrolophus pygmaeus (Rambur, 1839); Alloeotomus gothicus Fallén, 1807; Camptozygum aequale (Villers, 1789), Halticus macrocephalus Fieber,1858, Myrmecophyes montenegrinus Wagner, 1976; Blepharidopterus angustulus (Fallén, 1807); Mecomma ambulans ambulans (Fallén, 1807); Platycranus metriorrynchus Reuter, 1883; Atractotomus magnicornis (Fallén, 1807); Criocoris nigricornis Reuter, 1894; Monosynamma sabulicola (Wagner, 1947): Cremnocephalus alpestris Wagner, 1941; Hallodapus suturalis (Herrich-Schaeffer, 1839); Kalama aethiops (Horváth, 1905); Catoplatus anticus Reuter, 1880; Orius (Dimorphella) agilis (Flor, 1860); Xylocoridea brevipennis Reuter, 1876; Coriomeris affinis (Herrich-­Schaeffer, 1839); Pinthaeus sanguinipes (Fabricius, 1781); Graphosoma semipunctatum (Fabricius, 1775); Nezara viridula (Linnaeus, 1758).

Key words: Heteroptera, Serbia

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The Collection of Butterflies at the National Museum in Kikinda is part of the legacy of Stanko Radovanović, renowned amateur entomologist from Jazovo. The material was collected in the period 1961-1971 at 15 localities, most in the region of ex Yugoslavia.

Key words: Butterflies, catalogue, locality, National Museum, Kikinda

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