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Project Idea

The project idea originates from the period when Prof. Dr. Levent Gültekin conducted research as a doctoral student at the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, with a TÜBİTAK-NATO scholarship on November 30, 2000. The institute and museum are among the largest in Europe, boasting a vast collection of 60 million specimens and exhibitions featuring nearly half of the recognized species in the Palaearctic Region. The initial scientific feasibility studies on the project idea were carried out in 2004 by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Neslihan Gültekin at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. In 2006, further investigations on exhibitions were conducted at the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. The project's development and detailed shaping were based on the collection research of Prof. Dr. Levent Gültekin and additional studies carried out by the same researchers. Between 2008 and 2023, the project idea underwent detailed shaping and development through examinations and research conducted by the researchers at various institutions, including Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg; Natural History Museum, London; Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid; Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris; The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm; The Linnaeus Museum, Upsala; and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. The researchers received briefings on museology and collaborated with experts such as Dr. Sci. Boris A. Korotyaev, Dr. Sci. Mark G. Volkovich, Dr. Sci. Chris H. C. Lyal, Dr. Miguel A. Alonso-Zarazaga, Dr. Sci. Alexander S. Konstantinov, Prof. Dr. Vladimir I. Dorofeev, and Dr. Johannes Bergsten, whose contributions were significant to the project.

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