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On 4/26/16 11:52 AM, Lynn Kimsey wrote:
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Doug,
That's horrible. They've basically lost their biological heritage in one fire. 
Serguei informs me that most (all?) of the entomological research collection in Delhi was in a different facility from the National Museum, and checking online, it appears he is correct - the insect collections are at IARI (Indian Agriculture Research Institute), in the National Pusa Collections. While this is a relief in terms of loss of *insect* types and such, the National Museum presumably still housed research material of other taxa, and not purely display material.

Peace,
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Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
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