Rare & Wonderful : Treasures from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History - the exhibition catalogue from Oxford University Museum of Natural History available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Rare & Wonderful : Treasures from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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A handsome book of highlights from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's collections

Since its foundation in 1860, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's world-renowned collections have become a key centre for scientific study and its much-loved building an important icon for visitors from around the world. The museum now holds over seven million scientific specimens including five million insects, half a million fossil specimens and half a million zoological specimens. It also holds an extensive collection of archival material relating to important naturalists such as Charles Darwin, William Smith, William Jones and James Charles Dale.

This lavishly illustrated book features highlights from the collections ranging from the iconic Dodo (the only soft tissue specimen of the species in existence) and the giant tuna (brought back from Madeira on a perilous sea crossing in 1846) to crabs collected by Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle, David Livingstone's tsetse fly specimens and Mary Anning's ichthyosaur. Also featured are the first described dinosaur bones, found in a small Oxfordshire village, the Red Lady of Paviland (who was, in fact, a man who lived 29,000 years ago) and a meteorite from the planet Mars. Each item tells a unique story about natural history, about the history of science, about collecting, or about the museum itself.

Details
  • Author: Kate Diston, Head of Archives and Library at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Hardcover: 224 pages | 150 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1851244843
  • Product Dimensions: 22.0 x 22.0  cm

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