The World of Birds
This extensive photographic guide to birds explains all aspects of their life, from anatomy and flight to plumage and song, and features explanatory drawings and diagrams. It includes a comprehensive survey of the 32 bird orders and 195 families, with an account of each one and reference panels detailing range, habitat, food and migration. In addition, it has a full glossary of terms and two exhaustive indexes, sorted by subject matter and bird name.
A History of the Natural History Museum
This short history, co-authored by two of the Natural History Museum’s former specialists, explores the museum and its origins in the founding collections of the British Museum, and follows its evolution and burgeoning acquisitions from Montagu House in Bloomsbury to its current home in South Kensington. Featuring archival artworks, illustrations and diagrams, the book also highlights key exhibitions and permanent exhibits, as well as the museum’s prominent role in education and research.
The Art of Ornithology
This chronological account charts the development of bird art from early decorative images to scientifically accurate modern portrayals, focusing mainly on the period between 1650 and the present day. Presenting an extensive selection of original artwork from the collections of the Natural History Museum, Jonathan Elphick interweaves ornithological information with brief biographies of the artists, descriptions of the techniques they used and a critical appraisal of their work, encouraging a deeper appreciation of bird art and the riches of avian life.
The Bauer Brothers
Images of Nature
Franz and Ferdinand Bauer were ground-breaking 18th- and early 19th-century natural history artists. Growing up in Austria, Franz went on to work at Kew Gardens, while Ferdinand travelled to Australia. This volume includes pioneering microscopical drawings depicting plant anatomy, and newly discovered animals, such as the platypus and koala.
The Art of the First Fleet
Images of Nature
With no official naturalist travelling with the First Fleet, landscape artist turned convict, Thomas Watling, produced many of the watercolours and drawings in this collection. Depicting alien landscapes, flora and fauna and the undeveloped Sydney Cove, these images offer a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the indigenous population.
Tales from Gombe
Made famous by the long-term studies conducted by Jane Goodall, the chimpanzees of the Gombe National Park by Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania have revealed previously unknown behaviours, such as the use of tools and meat-eating, and have shown that the apes have complex social relationships and individual personalities. This large-format photographic study captures the chimps over a period of more than ten years and contains notes on the history of the community and the lineages of its prominent dynasties.
The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins
The relationship between humans and cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – has changed dramatically over the centuries. Where once a lost or stranded whale was hacked to death, now desperate attempts would be made to save it. In this Natural History Museum book, Sarah Lazarus describes the history of whaling; 20th-century efforts to limit the industry; the dire threat of polluted oceans; and the relatively recent interest in ‘close encounters’ with whales and dolphins.
An Exploration of Natural History
The Natural History Museum holds a vast collection representing the development of the study of the natural world from the earliest times. This accessible introduction to the subject tells the story from the theories of the ancient world and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance to the very latest discoveries. The well-illustrated volume also includes contributions by leading figures in the field such as Richard Dawkins and geneticist Steve Jones.
Not the End of the World?
Isolated environments have encouraged the evolution of distinct species, which are then vulnerable to extinction when contact with the wider world is established; the Mauritian Dodo and Lonesome George, the last of a Galapagos subspecies of giant tortoise, being famous examples. This Natural History Museum introduction to the subject explores extinctions from the earliest organisms to creatures under threat today and assesses whether climate change and the activities of man threaten a modern mass extinction.