Now reissued in a pocket edition. This reduced-size edition is chunky yet portable, and retains the lavish finish of the original gift book.
The Natural History Museum, London is home to one of the world’s most important collections of natural history specimens, literature and artworks. This book showcases treasures, selected both from objects on display and those stored behind the scenes. Each one is chosen for its scientific importance, striking beauty or intriguing story – and sometimes all three.
Among the many exceptional natural wonders featured are: a rare meteorite from Mars; Darwin’s celebrated finch specimens; a lethal claw from the dinosaur Baryonyx; one of the first forms of life on Earth; and some immaculately dressed fleas.
The book also includes many architectural treasures from the magnificent Museum building itself. With intriguing stories behind each entry, this is a fascinating insight into the Museum’s unrivalled collections.
Vicky Paterson is an editor and writer specializing in natural history topics.