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 →

Easter Egg Hunt!

I once had to disappoint a very excited young Etonian who came into the Museum asking me where the four-foot duck was on display.  He had misheard one of his peers, of course: we don’t have a duck which is 1.2m tall!  But one of the most iconic specimens in Eton’s Natural History Museum, and... Continue Reading →

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