Museum magazine evolves

16 November 2009

Who has a brain the size of a pea? Who needs to label 100,000 butterflies? Why would you deliberately hunt for viruses?

Evolve cover, the new magazine from the Natural History Museum

New Museum magazine Evolve cover.

Evolve, the Natural History Museum’s new magazine, reveals the answers and many other fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes information in its 72 full-colour pages.

Issue 1 on sale

Issue 1 is on sale now in the Museum shop or online, and each quarterly issue will give you an insight into the natural world and the work of Museum scientists. It is also filled with events for your diary, interviews and research updates from the Museum’s science departments.

Brain the size of a pea

In this issue, you can find out how Museum scientist Dr Eleanor Weston shed light on the brain size of the tiny human discovered in the Indonesian island of Flores by studying dwarf hippos!

Mosquito with its abdomen full of blood in flight. Find out more in Evolve magazine

Mosquito with its abdomen full of blood in flight. Find out about Museum scientists who search the world for these virus-carrying insects in the Evolve magazine.

Virus hunters

Or, how Museum scientist Dr Shelley Cook searches the world for mosquitoes, the carriers of viruses that cause diseases like yellow fever and dengue fever. Once back in the Museum labs, she has to identify the species, which can sometimes involve dissecting the male's genitalia!

As well as stunning images from the winning Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photograper of the Year Competition, other regular features include forgotten naturalists, book reviews, and an inside story about a Museum scientist - this issue's scientist is Blanca Huertas who is currently putting new labels on 100,000 butterfly specimens before they are put into new state-of-the-art storage.

And, there's even more to discover such as missions to moon, whales of London, bats in the Wildlife Garden, and behind-the-scenes look into the new Darwin Centre.

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