What’s wrong with this echidna in the collection? | Natural History Museum

What’s wrong with this echidna in the collection? | Natural History Museum

This spiny animal with a wobbly gait is an echidna Not only is it a mammal that lays eggs, it’s also hiding other secrets… Echidnas are fantastic creatures and they have some amazing features. But one of the most bizarre features that they have is that their hind feet are actually pointed backwards. In fact,…Continue reading What’s wrong with this echidna in the collection? | Natural History Museum

Mary Anning and her surprising Dorset discoveries | Natural History Museum

Mary Anning and her surprising Dorset discoveries | Natural History Museum

Behind me is Black Ven, near Lyme Regis, where Mary Anning did a lot of her hunting. Mary was really the first person who looked inside coprolites and saw the remains of fish, with scales and bone. And this prompted William Buckland, who was a well-known geologist, to confirm that they were coprolites, which is…Continue reading Mary Anning and her surprising Dorset discoveries | Natural History Museum

Lucy Cooke explores weird and wonderful flies at the Museum | Natural History Museum

Erica, hello! Nice to meet you. This is part of our insect collection. There must be millions. Approximately 34 million, to be kind of precise, if we can be. Yes, it’s one of the largest collections in the world. These are some of my babies. So I work on the best animals on the planet.…Continue reading Lucy Cooke explores weird and wonderful flies at the Museum | Natural History Museum

Follow a 360° family fungi foray | Natural History Museum

Follow a 360° family fungi foray | Natural History Museum

My name’s Sophie, I’m the area ranger here at Springhill National Trust property at Moneymore. Springhill is what they call a plantation house, so it was built by planters who came over from Scotland in the 17th century. It’s made up of farmland, woodland, parkland, gardens and it would have been about 300 acres at…Continue reading Follow a 360° family fungi foray | Natural History Museum