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I started viewing the pictures with my feet hanging off the couch. Saw the pictures and promptly pulled them up.

Uh, why didn't they have a sprinkler system if this was such an important collection?

Members of the Instituto Butantan said the nearly 100-year-old collection lost in Saturday's fire included almost 80,000 snakes and several thousand specimens of spiders and scorpions. The specimens were used to study evolution and provided information on how to avert extinctions, said institute director Otavio Mercadante.