Beetlemania: rediscovering one of Britain’s lost species | Natural History Museum


The great Capricorn beetle is found throughout
most of Europe, but in the UK it’s been extinct for thousands of years. So in 1976 it was
a great surprise to us when a farmer from
the Cambridgeshire fens knocked on our door,
presenting us with this piece of wood here. It had these chambers inside and what was inside was the great Capricorn beetle. These are the beetles that we found in the wood. We went on to analyse the wood and we found that it was 4,000 years old. This is really
interesting for us because it gives us a snapshot in time, of when these beetles were living
in the UK.

4 thoughts on “Beetlemania: rediscovering one of Britain’s lost species | Natural History Museum

  1. It would be nice if this video was longer with more information about this fascinating discovery but nevertheless this was great.

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