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Treasures of the Natural History Museum

256 pages, Colour photos throughout

London Natural History Museum

Hardback | Jan 2009 | #176732 | ISBN-13: 9780565092351
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The Natural History Museum, London is home to one of the world's most important and comprehensive collections of natural history specimens, literature and artworks. This book is a celebration of over 200 of the Museum's most treasured possessions - selected both from objects on display and those stored behind the scenes - including world-famous specimens and little known curiosities. Among the many exceptional natural wonders featured are: Darwin's celebrated finch specimens; a lethal claw from the dinosaur Baryonyx; and, one of the greatest scientific frauds of all time the Piltdown cricket bat fossil.

This book also reveals the magnificent Museum building itself with its many architectural treasures. With intriguing stories behind each entry, such as the tragic tale of Heron-Allen's cursed amethyst, "Treasures of the Natural History Museum" is a fascinating insight into the best of the Museum's unrivalled collection.

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With more than 70 million specimens, the Museum is home to the largest and most important natural history collections in the world.The scope of the specimens is simply vast including the ill-fated dodo, meteorites from Mars and a full-size blue whale skeleton. The collections cover almost all groups of animals, plants, minerals and fossils ranging from cells on slides to whole animals preserved in alcohol.The Library of the Museum is a repository for the largest collection of natural history literature in the world. It holds half a million artworks, comprising one of Britain's biggest art collections, and over one million books, including rare, richly illustrated antique volumes.

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