Skeletons from the Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the Surface was the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the new entrance hall, where childhood favourite Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. It was open to the public from 14 July 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Pakicetus skeleton cast, Natural History Museum
Pakicetus skeleton cast, 50 million year old earliest ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Dorudon skeleton, 40 million year old ancestor of the whale, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Bottlenose dolphin skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Fish skeleton, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen, Natural History Museum
Whale baleen used to filter feed, Natural History Museum

 

Treasures of Natural History: Dodos, Darwin’s Pigeons and Neanderthal Skulls

At a recent trip to the Natural History Museum in London I visited their new gallery of treasurers from their collections, which as you’d imagine, are amazingly varied and cover everything from geology and dinosaurs to early human evolution and the animal kingdom.

A composite Dodo skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London
A composite Dodo skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London

One of the most interesting specimens on display was a composite skeleton of a Dodo, the large bird native to Mauritius which was hunted to extinction over 350 years ago. The complete isolation of this island let the Dodo birds grow and evolve without natural predators and become flightless; much like the Kiwi and the Kakapo. Very few skeletons of Dodos have been found, so seeing the full majesty of the 3ft tall bird was a rare treat!

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