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Description - Treasures of the Natural History Museum by Vicky Paterson

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 exceptional possessions including world-famous specimens and little-known curiosities. The treasures are 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 the magnificent Museum building itself with its many architectural treasures. With intriguing stories behind each entry, "Treasures of the Natural History Museum" is a fascinating insight into the best of the Museum's unrivalled collections.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780565092351
ISBN-10: 0565092359
Format: Hardback
(259mm x 224mm x 30mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The Natural History Museum
Publisher: The Natural History Museum
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vicky Paterson

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.