Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard A. Fortey
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Dry Store Room No. 1
By Richard A. Fortey

Dry Store Room No. 1

The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

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Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard A. Fortey

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'Dry Store Room No. 1' is an intimate biography of the Natural History Museum, celebrating the eccentric personalities who have peopled it and capturing the wonders of scientific endeavour, academic rigour and imagination. Behind the public facade of any great museum there lies a secret domain: one of unseen galleries, locked doors, priceless specimens and hidden lives.Through the stories of the numerous eccentric individuals whose long careers have left their mark on the study of evolutionary science, Richard Fortey, former senior paleaontologist at London's Natural History Museum, celebrates the pioneering work of the Museum from its inception to the present day. He delves into the feuds, affairs, scandals and skulduggery that have punctuated its long history, and formed a backdrop to extraordinary scientific endeavour from Darwin to the present day. He explores the staying power and adaptability of the Museum as it responds to changes wrought by advances in technology and molecular biology - 'spare' bones from an extinct giant bird suddenly become cutting-edge science with the new knowledge that DNA can be extracted from them, and ancient fish are tested with the latest equipment that is able to measure rises in pollution. 'Dry Store Room No.1' is a fascinating and affectionate account of a hidden world of untold treasures, where every fragment tells a story about time past, by a scientist who combines rigorous professional learning with a gift for prose that sparkles with wit and literary sensibility.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007209897
ISBN-10: 0007209894
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: HarperPerennial
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Fossils and Strata by Richard A. Fortey Fossils and Strata, Paperback (October 2013)

This monograph describes early Ordovician (Ibexian:Tremadocian early Floian) trilobites from Northern Spitsbergen from the section through the Kirtonryggen Formation adjacent to Hinlopen Strait.

Survivors by Richard A. Fortey Survivors, Paperback (September 2012)

An awe-inspiring journey through the eons and across the globe in search of visible traces of evolution in the living creatures that have survived from earlier times.

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Author Biography - Richard A. Fortey

Richard Fortey retired from his position as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2006. He has won both the Lewis Thomas and Michael Faraday medals for his science writing. He was elected President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year in 2007, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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