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Jakarta Post

Gatot Pranoto: Fossil hunter leaves past behind

  • Tarko Sudiarno

    The Jakarta Post

Blora, Central Java   /   Fri, November 20 2009   /  12:48 pm

JP/Tarko Sudiarno"When you're visiting the museum, please don't comment on its displays, OK? Just keep the objective of its founders at the back of your mind," an avid museumgoer said to The Jakarta Post before visiting the Mahameru Museum in Blora Regency, Central Java. Within seconds of entering the museum, the penny drops, a fossil of an ancient buffalo head with a long horn measuring 240 centimeters is missing its right horn. "This is the result of our carelessness when we held an exhibition at the regency office to commemorate National Education Day. Once the exhibition was over, the fossil was left unattended outside while we waited for transport," said Gatot Pranoto, the head of Mahameru Museum located in Taman Wisata Tirtonadi, and also the chairman of the Mahameru Foundation, as he began to explain details of his museum. And yes, a motorcyclist crashed into the fo...