Rare & wonderful : treasures from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History /

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Corporate author / creator:Oxford University Museum of Natural History, issuing body.
Imprint:Oxford : Bodleian Library in association with Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 2018.
Description:218 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 cm
Subject:Oxford University Museum of Natural History -- Catalogs.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History -- History.
Natural history -- Catalogs and collections -- England -- Oxford.
Natural history museums -- England -- Oxford -- Catalogs.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11802950
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Varying Form of Title:Rare and wonderful
Other authors / contributors:Diston, Kate, editor.
Simmons, Zoe, editor.
Bodleian Library, issuing body.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-215) and index.
Summary: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.0The 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. 0This 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.0Each item tells a unique story about natural history, about the history of science, about collecting, or about the museum itself. They give a unique insight into the extraordinary wealth of information and the fascinating tales that can be gleaned from these collections, both from the past and for the future.

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Call Number: QH70.G72 O84 2018
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