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The Owl That Fell from the Sky: Stories of a Museum Curator

By: Brian Gill (Author)

152 pages, 16 b/w photos and illustrations

Awa Press

Paperback | Jun 2012 | #202631 | ISBN-13: 9781877551130
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NHBS Price: £28.99 $37/€34 approx

About this book

Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell – often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences.

This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets. Read about: the fate of a tortoise given as a gift by Captain Cook; the epic international voyage of the biggest known moa egg; the admiration induced by an ape from the jungles of Borneo; the barn owl of mysterious origins; the unfortunate fate of an angry young elephant; the quest to discover how a New Zealand heron turned up in a Florence museum; the strange arrival of an Australian banjo frog and many other mind-boggling mysteries.

The author is a fabulous storyteller, and The Owl That Fell from the Sky will be loved by museum-goers, animal-lovers, and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.


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Biography

Brian Gill is curator of birds and other land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, author and co-author of many books, including New Zealand's Unique Birds, The Kiwi and Other Flightless Birds and New Zealand Frogs and Reptiles, and a contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Forest and Bird.

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