Gnaw, you are not going to believe this Beaver!

Upper incisor teeth of the Beaver, Castor fiber, Thames river gravel, Boveney (NHM.285-2016) The Eurasian Beaver (Castor Fiber), part of the Rodentia order (Rodents), is a large, semi-aquatic mammal[1]. Unlike their relatives, mice and rats, beavers predominantly live in freshwater systems such as rivers, streams, irrigation ditches, lakes and swamps[2]. As they build their homes... Continue Reading →

So, what is the Moa?

Right so, imagine a cross between an Ostrich and an Emu, make it bigger and hey presto you have a Moa! This is not scientifically what a Moa (Order: Dirnornithiformes) is, however genetic studies have found that its closest relatives are small South American birds called the Tinamous (Order: Tinamiformes)[1],[2], despite the fact Moas used... Continue Reading →

The ‘Bear’ Necessities!

These three teeth tell us a lot of information about the lifestyle and habitats these bears lived through. The tooth on the left is from a Cave Bear (Ursus Spelaeus). This bear was aptly named due to its fossilised remains being found primarily in caves. This bear represents one of the most frequently found remains... Continue Reading →

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George Fussey, Curator, Eton College Natural History Museum Who are you and what do you do? George Fussey, Curator of Eton’s Natural History Museum. What is your favourite part of the job? Outreach in all its many aspects: a museum without people in it is just a collection. What is your favourite piece of Eton... Continue Reading →

Joseph Banks and the Florilegium

The Expedition of the Pacific Ocean on the HMS Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) compiled a small team of people to help him collect and beautifully record botanical samples from around the world under the explorer Captain James Cook on his ship, the Endeavour.   Banksia serrata The Florilegium is a collection of... Continue Reading →

Hippos in the Thames

Now, have you ever seen a Hippo roaming around the UK? Maybe in a zoo perhaps? Well about 130,000 years ago, seeing a Hippo roaming around where your local pond is would have been a common sight to see! The hippopotamus, with the scientific name of Hippopotamus Amphibius, resides in freshwater lakes. These amphibious animals... Continue Reading →

Triumphal arch, that fill’st the sky

The Clap for our Carers tribute takes place at 8pm every Thursday, encouraging everyone in the UK to applaud the NHS and all key workers from their doorsteps, windows or balconies. People have also been showing their support by sharing rainbows in inventive displays in windows, gardens and more. We've been chasing rainbows across the collections as... Continue Reading →

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