Animal Stuff: Extinct At Hunterian & Images Of Nature At NHM

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Animal Stuff: Extinct At Hunterian & Images Of Nature At NHM

Fans of dodos are having a bumper week.Two new exhibitions feature the clueless bird alongside other natural wonders.

The Hunterian Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields just opened its new mini-exhibition called Extinct. The remains of mastadons, thylacines, mammoths and the obligatory dodo skeleton offer the ghost of fauna past. A forewarning of extinctions yet to come is betokened by a display on today's critically endangered species. The exhibition also shows off the museum's odontological collection (teeth!), normally used only as a teaching resource. While you're at the Hunterian, be sure to check out the remains of 'Irish Giant' Charles Byrne, whose 230-year-old remains have got one Guardian reader in a flap.

Dodos also take centre stage over at the Natural History Museum. Their new gallery, Images of Nature, places a selection of the museum's half a million wildlife pictures on display. Exhibits include everything from watercolours to a 3-D scan of a shark's head. One painting of a dodo was used by founder of the museum Richard Owen to first classify that species. You can get a taster for the gallery here.

Extinct at the Hunterian Museum runs until 23 July; the Natural History Museum's Images of Nature gallery is a permanent exhibition. Both are free.

Last Updated 23 January 2011


I was at the Hunterian in November and it was one of the highlights of my trip to England. It is AMAZING! Recommend anyone to go visit and give yourself at least 3 hours to dawdle's mindblowing if you are in to bits and pieces in jars as well as medical history and instruments.