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It's almost a year since I started blogging for the Museum, and as I considered what I should profile for my 12th Specimen of the Month, I inevitably began to reflect on all the amazing specimens I've already written about, those on my list to write about in the future (which, for various reasons, can't be featured today), as well as all the specimens I've yet to even discover exist here.


One of the most incredible things about the Museum is just how many specimens we care for. To describe it by coining a phrase from Charles Darwin (although he was talking about the evolutionary Cambrian explosion, but anyway...), the Museum's collection is full of 'endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful'.


So today I thought I would celebrate all the specimens in our collection. All 80 million of them!


As you can obviously gather, not all 80 million are on public display. In fact, only about 0.04% of our total collection is on show in the public galleries. The rest is housed behind the scenes, in specially-built, and often specially-temperature-controlled, storage facilities.


Our 80 million-strong specimen collection is composed of:


More than 34 million insects in 140,000 drawers, of which 8.7 million are butterflies and moths.


Some of the modern and historic storage cupboards containing the drawers that house our insect collections.



The collection was boosted in 2010 with the donation of 45,000 weevils of 4,500 different species from Oldřich Vořisek, a private collector in the Czech Republic. Half were new to the Museum, and it included almost 750 type specimens. Pictures © Libby Livermore.


More than 27 million animals, ranging from the smallest fishes and frogs to enormous elephants and blue whale skeletons.


Before Dippy took pride of place, elephants were a dominant feature of Hintze Hall (or Central Hall as it was back then). In this picture from 1924, three elephants can be seen on the main floor, while a further two elephant heads are mounted above the Darwin statue on the stairs.



Mounted heads used to be much more prominent around the Museum in years gone by, as illustrated by this photograph of the balcony of Hintze Hall from 1932 (left). [Note, also, the terrifying location of the glass display cases at the top of the stairs!]

Today, most of our mounted animal heads are kept in storage (right).


More than 7 million fossils, with the oldest dating back more than 3.5 billion years.


One of my favourite fossils is this petrified tree trunk: the wood of a conifer from the Triassic era (250-200 million years ago) has been replaced with the mineral agate.



Another fossil I'm quite fond of, which also has a mineralogical connection, is this ammonite (Parkinsonia dorsetensis), from the mid-Jurassic era (174-166 million years ago): its chambers have been filled by calcite crystals.


More than 6 million plants, algae, ferns, mosses and lichens, 10% of which come from the British Isles.


Our oldest plant specimen is a mounted American hop hornbeam (Carpinus virginiana), which dates to 1740 and was collected just about a mile from here at the Chelsea Physic Garden.



Watch herbarium technician Felipe Dominguez-Santana demonstrate how plant specimens are mounted in this video from 2009. It was filmed around the time that all our herbarium specimens were moved into the then-newly-built Darwin Centre.


More than 500,000 rocks, gems and minerals, of which 5,000 are meteorites.


Here I am reflected in some pyrite in the Minerals gallery.



For some reason this malachite specimen causes innumerable giggles. We don't know why.


And, more than 1.5 million books and artworks in the Museums Library and Archives.


As a book junkie, the Museum's Library collection (of which there are six sub-collections: zoology, Earth sciences, botany, entomology, general, and ornithology at Tring) is a thing of beauty in itself, to me. This is a view from the balcony over the Earth sciences collection, which is in the old Geological Museum building (now the Red Zone), built between 1929 and 1933.



Just a small selection of some of the 540+ copies of Origin of Species held by the Museum's library. We have the largest collection of Charles Darwin's works in the world.


Finally, not officially counted in the 80+ million, but...


The web team's collection of dinosaur toys, totalling 15.


The topic of this blog post is quite possibly the newest specimen in the Museum's collection, as it was just a matter of hours ago that it was catalogued. It's also the first specimen I've played a part in acquiring.


The specimen I am talking about is Charles Darwin's groundbreaking book The Origin of Species, which set out the theory for how new species evolve by the process known as natural selection. But the version of the book that is now officially call number 9C o DAR ORI in our library, and which I am writing about today, is a unique one.


During Darwin's lifetime (1809-1882) The Origin of Species book went through six editions, with various changes, revisions and additions each time. It was originally titled On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, but was shortened to The Origin of Species by the sixth printing.


The Museum's library contains the largest collection of Darwin's works in the world, including 541 copies of The Origin of Species in 43 languages, including Braille.


Today, that number has risen to 542 with the addition of a 'variorum' by graphic designer and typographer Simon Phillipson. Simon's Origin of Species - Evolutionary Edition is a book on the evolution of the book on evolution, if you will. He explains:

It highlights all the linguistic changes Charles Darwin introduced to the book since its first publication in 1859, and presents the changes alongside the complete sixth and final edition that was published in 1872. So now you can compare all the alterations Darwin made to each of the editions.



This typographic-inspired book has 964 pages, plus a fold-out Tree of Life diagram, and is printed on thin, bible-like paper. On the left hand pages is every punctuation mark, word, sentence and paragraph that has been removed from, edited, or added to Darwin's classic opus over the past century and a half. The right hand pages contain the full text of the sixth edition with words highlighted in metallic bronze ink where they correspond to the text on the left.

You see a lot of tightening up on statements and alterations of words to make an argument more factual or to emphasise its significance, for example. There are also a lot of grammatical and spelling changes too. The thing that struck me the most is that when reading this you really start to get a sense of the man behind the book: where he doubted his ideas, or struggled in phrasing particular sentences due to religious pressure. For example the reference to a god or the creator dips in and out throughout the editions. You can also see how over time he took his own voice out of the book, making the wording more factual, or formal, than personal.



The book was made possible thanks to a crowd funding campaign last summer that raised more than five times Simon's initial goal. But the idea for the Evolutionary Edition first began around 2009 while Simon was studying for his graphic design degree in London.

I was listening to an adaptation of the Origin of Species as an operatic performance by Hotel Pro Forma and Swedish musical group The Knife, and that started to get me thinking about how I could also reinterpret or present this book in a new way. This led me to start reading into the background and history of Darwin, and I became curious about the different editions that he wrote.


It is important to mention that comparing the text of different editions, such as Shakespeare or Darwin, is not a new or original concept. But with my background as a graphic designer and typographer, I wanted to take this variorum concept and create my own interpretation. I wanted to present all the changes Darwin made in a visually engaging and interesting typographic way which people would be able to pick up and explore for themselves.


I, along with 779 other backers, agreed that Simon's concept indeed sounded engaging and interesting and pledged my support. I have since been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of Origin of Species - Evolutionary Edition, and carefully following Simon's updates on the long and involved process of making his grand idea a reality. When I told Judith Magee, the Museum's Library and Archives Special Collections Manager, about the book she was intrigued and keen to receive a copy to add to our Darwin Origin of Species collection. Simon says:

It goes without saying that this is an incredible honour and also one of the biggest surprises. I certainly never expected anything like it. I still very much consider myself to be a Darwin novice! The support for this project has been completely overwhelming. In all honesty it is hard to put into words, but it is down to all the great support from all my backers of this project who have all played an important role in getting the book to sit amongst the largest Darwin collection in the world.




See a first edition of Darwin's book in our Treasures Cadogan Gallery.


No description of fairylike perfection is too saccharine for the hummingbird. They live in a world of blossoms, sweet nectar, and the untainted freshness of everlasting spring


Rachel Poliquin, The Breathless Zoo


If I was forced to choose a favourite specimen or exhibit at the Museum, at best I could probably narrow it down to a top three. Among the group would definitely be the beautiful case of hummingbirds on display in the Birds gallery.


Standing over six feet tall and containing at least 100 of the tiny, shiny little birds, the case is typical of the Victorian-era exotic displays sought by natural history and curiosity collectors.



One of my favourite Museum items: the hummingbird case in the Birds gallery, with close-up showing the shimmering plumage of the birds inside.


Unfortunately the origin of this magnificent case is not clear. Our best guess is that it came from collector William Bullock's personal museum, the contents of which was sold at auction in 1819.


In the document, 'A companion to Mr. Bullock's London Museum and Pantherion,' his hummingbird case is listed as 'the finest collection in Europe', and of the birds it is said that 'precious stones, polished by art, cannot be compared to these jewels of nature'.


But if you demand provenance with your hummingbirds, then look no further than our collection of John Gould cases. Gould was a gardener turned taxidermist, illustrator and publisher whose big break came when he was commissioned by King George IV to mount the monarch's pet giraffe.


Ever commercially minded, in 1851 Gould self-financed an exhibition of stuffed hummingbirds to capitalise on the footfall of those attending the Great Exhibition. The birds were presented in 24 custom-built cases which revolved and were specially lit to show off the iridescence of the hummingbirds' feathers.



A picture from the Illustrated London News showing Gould’s 1851 hummingbird exhibition.


Among the reported 75,000 people who attended during the run of the Great Exhibition were Charles Dickens, and also Queen Victoria who wrote in her diary:

It is impossible to imagine anything so lovely as these little humming birds, their variety, and the extraordinary brilliancy of their colours.


After Gould's death, the Treasury provided a grant to the Museum to purchase his hummingbird cases, 3,800 unmounted hummingbird skins and 7,000 skins of other birds, which were divided between South Kensington and Tring.



Three of Gould's 24 hummingbird cases purchased by the Museum.


For a time, the cases were displayed on our Central Hall balcony, but as special collections librarian Paul Cooper explains, at one point they almost met a terribly unbefitting demise:

They were rescued them from being thrown into a skip in the 1970s. Presumably they were thought out of fashion, out of date, not needed... but the Library saved them when the Museum was going to get rid of them.


A watercolour showing Gould's hummingbird cases on display in one of the Central Hall balconies (left), and a c. 1932 photograph showing a couple of cases precariously placed at the top of the Central Hall stairs where our giant sequoia now stands (right).


Six of the hummingbird cases now reside behind the scenes in the Rare Books Room in the Library at South Kensington and one other is in Walter Rothschild's library at Tring.


It is hard to believe that these cases of hummingbirds, which can excite such romantic infatuation, could ever be considered surplus to requirements. In the words of Gould himself (the brackets are mine):

The pleasure I experience each time I see (our) hummingbird (case) is as great at the present moment as when I first saw (it).



Six of the hummingbird cases now resident in the Library's Rare Books Room.


In my ongoing quest to uncover the most fascinating and curious specimens and stories from behind the scenes at the Museum, I recently came across this lovely tale that I think epitomises the inquisitiveness, perseverance and patience that it takes to be a good scientist. Let me recount it for you:


In 1973 Dr Peter Whitehead, head of marine fishes at the Museum, began a personal quest that would soon take on international (and interdisciplinary) significance.


Whitehead, an expert in clupeids - herrings, anchovies and their numerous relatives - was attempting to track down the original painting of a fish called a piquitinga. The painting was used as the basis for a woodcut that accompanied a description of the species by the naturalist Georg Marcgraf in Historia naturalis Brasiliae in 1648. Marcgraf's brief Latin description and poor quality woodcut was then used by Carl Linnaeus and later taxonomists, who variously identified it as a herring or as an anchovy.



The woodcut of piquitinga from Marcgraf's Historia naturalis Brasiliae (1648). Detail was lost from the original painting when the book illustrations were made.



Whitehead was determined to get to the bottom of the classification once and for all. He knew that Marcgraf's original paintings were part of a collection known as Theatri rerum naturalium Brasiliae given to Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg, in 1652. The Elector's library formed the basis of the subsequent Royal Library, which later became the Prussian State Library in Berlin.


During the Second World War, allied bombing made Berlin unsafe, so hundreds of boxes of material were removed from the library and allegedly sent to a Benedictine monastery in Silesia called Grüssau. And that's where the trail went cold.


The materials were not returned to Berlin after the war, and the monastery (now known as Krzeszów) nor the major libraries in Poland knew anything of their whereabouts.


Whitehead admitted that 'the search took on something of an obsession'. Indeed, there are two bulging folders in the Museum's archives - known as the Grüssau file - filled with reams of correspondence relating to the matter.


During his years of detective work Whitehead discovered that as well as the natural history artworks he was looking for, the Prussian State Library had also held many important musical manuscripts by artists including Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn. These too were evacuated during the war and had not been seen since. He said:

For a year or more I was quite unaware that I had joined one of the biggest and hitherto more frustrating searches for treasures lost during the last war.

Whitehead called on the Polish Ministry of Culture to help, and despite an 'immediate search of all Polish libraries', nothing was found. Undeterred, he 'redoubled his efforts' and began contacting Polish libraries himself.


The breakthrough came in March 1977 with a 'matter-of-fact' letter from Jan Pirozynski at the Jagiellon Library in Krakow: 'I am very glad to be able to tell you that the problem of the lost manuscripts has been cleared up. I have been authorised to tell you that the manuscripts exist... I hope this will be satisfactory to you for this moment'. Understandably, Whitehead was 'absolutely delighted' to hear of the 'miracle'.

It was not until September 1979 that I was able to visit the Jagiellon Library. A trolley was wheeled in bearing seven large volumes. Lifting one of the Theatri, the librarian opened it at a marked page: "There!" he said with a flourish, "There is your piquitinga!" It was a magnificent oil painting and immediately resolved all doubts - it was the small herring Lile piquitinga.


The oil painting of piquitinga from Theatri rerum naturalium Brasiliae, vol 1, p161. Remarkable for its realism, it immediately proved that Marcgraf's fish was the herring Lile piquitinga.



Also contained among the many boxes Whitehead was responsible for tracking down were original scores, in whole or in part, of Beethoven's 7th, 8th and 9th symphonies and his 3rd piano concerto; Mendelssohn's violin concerto and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream; various Bach cantatas; and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Marriage of Figaro, and more than 90 other pieces which represented nearly a quarter of all his works known to survive in manuscript.


So that is where Brazilian fish and brilliant composers meet - in boxes in a Polish library, undiscovered for more than a generation.

That Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Beethoven's 9th and piquitinga should reappear after almost 40 years in wooden crates was unbelievable.


The new Biodiversity Heritage Library User Interface is active today. 


Please take a look and  I suggest you check out the guide to the new BHL Guide to the New BHL .


A blog post has been set up, with links tweets and Facebook posts. 


Of particular interest will be the ability to search BHL by articles (>80,000 will be indexed and available in BHL by the launch) and improvements to the PDF generation process.


Coincidentally BHL Europe is launching today.


Its an exciting time for BHL and all associated with it.  We hope th users will find the new site an BHL a useful additional tool in their portfolio.  PLease send your comments to or leave a comment on the blog post.


Alison Harding


The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460





Neanderthal lifeways, subsistence and technology : one hundred fifty years of Neanderthal study / edited by Nicholas J. Conard, Jürgen Richter
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2011
A 6 q CON

The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov. Volume 3, Mammalian taphonomy : the assemblages of layers V-5 and V-6 / Rivka Rabinovich ... [et al.]
Dordrecht ; London ; New York : Springer, c2012
A 6 q GOR

Taphonomy at Kalkbank : investigations of a Middle Stone Age Open-air Site in Limpopo Province, South Africa / Jarod M. Hutson
Saarbrücken : VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2010
A 2 o HUT


Fossils of the Whitby coast : a photographic guide / Dean R. Lomax
Manchester : Siri Scientific Press, 2011J
P 72Aa/2 o LOM

Urumaco and Venezuelan paleontology : the fossil record of the northern neotropics / edited by Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Orangel A. Aguilera, and Alfredo A. Carlini
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2010
P 76C q URU

Forerunners of mammals : radiation, histology, biology / edited by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2012
P 17 q FOR





Plantes des villages et des parcs du Nunavik = Plants of the villages and the parcs of Nunavik / Marcel Blondeau, Claude Roy ; collaboration, Alain Cuerrier.
Québec : Éditions MultiMondes, 2010.
581.9(714) BLO

Grasses of subtropical eastern Australia : a guide to common grasses - native and introduced / author, Margaret Elliott.
Brighton, Qld. : Nullum Publications, 2008.
581.9(94) ELL

Some aspects of the botany of the Shetland Islands / Walter Scott
Scalloway, Shetland : The author, 2011.

Johann Heinrich Tiemeroth der Jüngere (1699-1768) : ein thüringischer Botaniker-Arzt und hervorragender Pflanzenmaler / Eberhard Mey.
Rudolstadt : Thüringer Landesmuseum Heidecksburg Rudolstadt, 2011.

Shenzhen zhi wu zhi = Flora of Shenzhen / [bian yan Shenzhen Shi cheng shi guan li ju ... et al.]]
g Shi : Zhongguo lin ye chu ban she, 2010.
581.9(51) SHE Q






God's philosophers : how the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science / James Hannam
London : Icon, 2010, c2009.
L 3 o HAN


Life ascending : the ten great inventions of evolution / Nick Lane.
London : Profile, 2009.
L 9E o LAN


Conservation treatment methodology / Barbara Appelbaum
[Lexington, KY] : [s,n.], c2011, [c2010]
L 81 o APP


Intangible natural heritage : new perspectives on natural objects / edited by Eric Dorfman.
New York : Routledge, 2012.
L 84 o INT






Atlas of non-silicate minerals in thin section / Joan Carles Melgarejo and R. F. Martin
Québec : Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2011
M 553.3 MEL


Ornithology (Tring)


The albatross and the fish : linked lives in the open seas / Robin W. Doughty and Virginia Carmichael ; foreword by H.R.H Prince of Wales ; introduction by John Croxall.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 87 DOU                    


The effects on waterbirds of dredging at the Cardiff Bay Barrage Report for 2009/10 / A.S.C.P. Cook & N.H.K. Burton
Thetford : British Trust for Ornithology, 2010.
ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                      


Identifying a range of options to prevent or reduce avian collision with offshore wind farms using a UK-based case study. / Cook, A.S.C.P. ...[et al.]
Thetford : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                      


Repeat breeding bird survey of the National Forest (English Midlands) in 2010 / John H Marchant, David G Noble & Steven Haynes.
Thetford : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.



Early  Maine wildlife : historical accounts of Canada lynx, moose, mountain  lion, white-tailed deer, wolverine, wolves, and woodland caribou,  1603-1930 / by Wiliam B. Krohn and Christopher L. Hoving.
Orono : University of Maine Press, 2010.
Z 75C q KRO

Biology of earthworms / Ayten Karaca, editor.
Heidelberg : Springer, 2011.

Carnivore ecology and conservation : a handbook of techniques / edited by Luigi Boitani, Roger A. Powell.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.

Passive acoustic monitoring of cetaceans / Walter M. X. Zimmer.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011

The seashells of Tasmania : a comprehensive guide / Simon Grove.
Taroona : Taroona Publications, 2011.

The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460





Deconstructing Olduvai : a taphonomic study of the Bed 1 sites/by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Rebeca Barba Egido and Charles P. Egeland
Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer, c2007.
A 2 q DOM

The evolution of hominin diets : integrating approaches to the study of Palaeolithic subsistence /edited by Jean-Jacques Hublin and Michael P. Richards.
[Dordrecht] : Springer, c2009.
A 6 q HUB

The cave of Fontéchevade : recent excavations and their paleoanthropological implications / Philip G. Chase ... [et al.].
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
A 6 q CAV

The faunas of Hayonim Cave, Israel : a 200,000-year record of Paleolithic diet, demography, and society / Mary C. Stiner ; with contributions by Ofer Bar-Yosef …[et al.]
Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 2005.
A 2 q STI


The geologic evolution of Saudi Arabia : a voyage through space and time / David Grainger
Jeddah : Saudi Geological Survey, 2007.
P 73Da q GRA





Plant diversity of Lakshadweep Islands / C. Sudhakar Reddy, P.S. Roy.
Dehra Dun, India : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2011.
581.9(54) SUD

Application of diatom biofacies in reconstructing the evolution of sedimentary basins : records from the southern Baltic Sea differentiated by the extent of the Holocene marine transgressions and human impact / by Malgorzata Witak.
Ruggell, Liechtenstein : A.R.G. Gantner Verlag, 2010.

Checklist of lichenized and lichenicolous fungi from Colombia / H.J.M. Sipman, W. Hekking & J. Aguirre-C.
Bogotá, D.C. : Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2008.

Zhongguo dou lan shu zhi wu = The genus Paphiopedilum in China / Liu Zhongjian ... [et al.] zhu.
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2009.
581.9(51) LIU Q

Die Moose des Nationalparks Harz eine kommentierte Artenliste / von Monika Koperski unter Mitarb. von Markus Preu*ing ... [et al.]
Wernigerode Nationalparkverwaltung Harz 2011.





Bumblebees : indispensable guide to identification, ecology and study of bumblebees / Oliver E. PrÅ·s-Jones & Sarah A. Corbet
3rd ed. Exeter : Pelagic Publishing, 2011.
E 72A o C

A treatise on the western hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera) : their classification, distributions, and ways of life. Vol. 3, Carabidae - Loxomeriformes, Melaeniformes / Terry l. Erwin
Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft, 2011

Ground beetles (Carabidae) of Greece / edited by Erik Arndt ... [et al.]
Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft, 2011





Life stories / David Attenborough.
London : Collins, 2009.
1 o ATT


Biodiversity hotspots : distribution and protection of conservation priority areas / Frank E. Zachos, Jan Christian Habel, editors.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2011.
L 65A o BIO


Pedro Páez's History of Ethiopia, 1622. Volume 1 & 2 / edited by Isabel Boavida, Hervé Pennec and Manuel João Ramos ; translated by Christopher Tribe.
Farnham : Ashgate, 2011.
Hakluyt Society. Third series
L 70 o HAK


A passion for nature : the life of John Muir / Donald Worster.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
L 96A o MUI


Edward Wilson's Antarctic notebooks / D.M. Wilson & C.J. Wilson
Cheltenham : Reardon, 2011.
L 96A q WIL






Layered silicates excluding micas and clay minerals / W.A. Deer, R.A. Howie, J. Zussman.
London : Geological Society, c2009.
M 549(02) DEE




Monstrous fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea : whaling in the medieval North Atlantic / by Vicki Ellen Szabo
Leiden : Brill, 2008.
Z 17I o SZA

The anatomy and physiology of the mammalian larynx / D.F.N. Harrison.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Ungulate taxonomy / Colin Groves and Peter Grubb.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

Hunters in the trees : a natural history of arboreal snakes / Richard Sajdak.
Malabar: Krieger, 2010.

The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment or 020 7942 5460





L'Europe des derniers chasseurs : Épipaléolithique et Mésolithique / édité par André Thévenin ; sous la direction scientifique de Pierre Bintz.
Paris : Éditions du CTHS, 1999
A 3 q UNI

The comparative approach in evolutionary anthropology and biology / Charles L. Nunn
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2011
A 1 o NUN

British Lower Palaeolithic : stones in contention / John McNabb
London ; New York : Routledge, 2007
A 3 o MCN


Transylvanian dinosaurs / David B. Weishampel and Coralia-Maria Jianu
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
P 20e o WEI

Fossils in amber : remarkable snapshots of prehistoric forest life / David Penney & David I. Green ; edited by Yuri M. Marusik
Manchester : Siri Scientific Press, c2011
P 26 o PEN

Dinosaurs of eastern Iberia / edited by Àngel Galobart, Maite Suñer, and Begoña Poza ; translated by Albert Prieto-Márquez
Bloomington: Indiana University Press ; [Barcelona] : Published in association with Institut Català Paleontologia, c2011.
P 20e o DIN





Diatoms of Europe : Diatoms of the European inland waters and comparable habitats. Volume 6, Eunotia and some related genera / ed. by Horst Lange-Bertalot.
ll : Gantner, 2011.
DIATOMS 582.261(4) KRA

The lichens of Ireland : an introductory guide / Paul Whelan.
Cork : Collins, 2011.

Plants and habitats of European cities / editors : John G. Kelcey and Norbert Müller
[Dordrecht] : Springer Verlag 2009.

Eesti puudel kasvavad suursamblikud = epiphytic macrolichens of Estonia = •epifitnye makrolishainiki •Estonii / Tiina Randlane ... [et al.].
Tartu : Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus, 2011.

Taxonomic revision of three hundred Indian subcontinental Pteridophytes with a revised census-list : a new picture of fern-taxonomy and nomenclature in the Indian subcontinent / C.R. Fraser-Jenkins.
Dehra Dun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2008.
FERNS 582.35(54) FRA

Sesame : the genus Sesamum / edited by Dorothea Bedigian.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2011.
581.48 BED Q





Styles of reasoning in the British life sciences : shared assumptions, 1820-1858 / by James Elwick.
London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2007
L 3 o ELW

Species and communities in extreme environments : festschrift towards the 75th anniversary and a laudatio in honour of academician Yuri Ivanovich Chernov / edited by S.I. Golovatch ... [et al.].
Sofia : Pensoft ; Moscow : KMK Scientific Press, 2009.
L 7 o SPE

Evolution : the history of an idea / Peter J. Bowler.
3rd ed.  Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
L 9D o BOW

The diversity of life in African freshwaters : underwater, under threat : and analysis of the status and distribution of freshwater species throughout mainland Africa / edited by William Darwall ... [et al.].
Gland, Switzerland : IUCN, c2011.
L 74 q DIV

A student's guide to the seashore / J. D. Fish and S. Fish
3rd ed. New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011.
L 87 o FIS






Statistical Methods in Analytical Chemistry (Chemical Analysis: A Series of Monographs on Analytical Chemistry and Its Applications) / Peter C. Meier and Richard E. Zund
New York ; Chichester : Wiley, 2000
M 543 MEI




Donkey / Jill Bough.
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
Z 3A o BOU

Pig / Brett Mizelle.
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
Z 3A o MIZ

Mammals of Indiana : a field guide / John O. Whitaker, Jr.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2010.

Nudibranchs encyclopedia : catalogue of Asia/Indo-Pacific sea slugs / Neville Coleman.
Springwood : Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd., 2008

Anfibios y reptiles de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias / Albert Masó, Manuel Pijoan ; fotografías de Albert Masó ... [et al.].
Barcelona : Omega, 2011.

A field guide to the frogs of Borneo / Robert F. Inger and Robert B. Stuebing ; photographs by R.B. Stuebing ... [et al.] ; illustrations by Tan Fui Lian.
Kota Kinabalu : Natural History Publications (Borneo), 2005.
"He that enlarges his curiosity after the works of nature, demonstrably multiplies the inlets to happiness"

This is the opening phrase of the preface to the third, 1799, edition of The Naturalist's and traveller's companion; by John Coakley Lettsom. M.D; where he defines the ultimate purpose of his book. A concise manual that has been somehow forgotten, it was a great achievement at it's time.

The first edition was published in London in 1772 by George Pearch and it seems to have sold out quickly as a second edition, corrected and enlarged followed in 1774, this time published by E & C Dilly also in London.

This is probably the first ever concise, modern, systematic and scientific manual on the preservation of natural history specimens and collections; giving advice not only on different aspects of capturing, finding, preserving, transporting and analysing plants, insects, fossils, animals and minerals but also on antiquities, religious rites, food, meteorology and even "precise directions for taking off impressions of cast from medals and coins".

The manual is also an incredibly practical, beautifully presented, well informed and advanced book that could be considered the founding publication for modern natural history preservation science. His advice on preserving natural history collections from pest attack anticipates by 200 years the groundbreaking Integrated Pest Management programs introduced in the last 20 years in Museums and Historic Houses:

It is uncertain if the manual was used by the great explorers of the period but given how popular it was at the time, it would be expected that copies of the book were carried on the many voyages of exploration that took place after its publication. It seems certain that Charles Darwin owned and used a copy although the great man was never known for being a good caretaker of his natural history collections.

John Coakley Lettsom was born in 1744 in Tortola, Virgin Islands. A Quaker concerned with anti-slavery, he manumitted the slaves from his two inherited plantations there; angering his plantation onwers neighbours then gaining their respect by setting up the first medical practice in the islands (with some of his former slaves trained as medical assistants) as he had become a doctor in Leiden, south Holland, in 1769.

Lettsom worked and travelled tirelessly all his life; famous for his commitment to his patients and the medical profession, he founded the Medical Society of London in 1775, the oldest in Britain and possibly in the world. In doing so, he showed great bravery and intelligence; parallel to his display of lateral thinking demonstrated in The Naturalist's and traveller's companion; by joining together the four branches of the medical profession in one society where they could share knowledge and experience:
Amazingly, he still had time to cultivate a famous garden in his London home, arranged according to the Linnaean system of classification:

The Library at the Natural History Museum also holds the original drawings made by his friend James Sowerby of the plants in Lettsom's garden, as well as a copy of his 1799 famous work "The natural history of the tea-tree".

Chris Ledgard's BBC4 Radio program: "What's eating your collections?" aired last September began quoting paragraphs from the Travellers's companion:

The Golden Age of Quaker Botanists by Ann Nichols, Cumbria, 2006.



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The climate connection : climate change and modern human evolution / Renée Hetherington, Robert G.B. Reid.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
A  3 o HET

Transitions in Prehistory : Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef / edited by John J. Shea and Daniel E. Lieberman and J.J. Shea
Cambridge, MA : Oxbow Books, 2009
A 6 q SHE

Missing links : in search of human origins / John Reader ; [foreword by Andrew Hill].
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011
A 3 o REA


Fossils of the Gault Clay / edited by Jeremy R. Young ... [et al.].
Publisher info: London : Palaeontological Association, 2010.
PS. 173B

T*retihorní fauna severo*ceské hnedouhelné pánve= Tertiary fauna of the North Bohemian Brown Coastal Basin/ Zden*ek Dvo*rák ... [et al.]
Praha : Nakladelstvi Granit, 2010.
P 72L q GRI

Living Dinosaurs: The evolutionary history of modern birds / Gareth Dyke
Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
P 18 q LIV





The annotated memoirs of the life and botanical travels of André Michaux / by J.P.F. Deleuze ; translated from the French by Carl D.E. Köenig and John Sims ... edited, with postscript by Charlie Williams.
Athens, Ga. : Fevertree Press, 2011.
92 MIC Q

Fogli botanici : le famiglie della flora italiana : rappresentate nell'Erbario di Alfonso e Ada Sella / Rosa Camoletto ; fotografate da Angelo Garoglio.
Torino : Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, 2008.
58.005 SEL CAM

A flora of King's Lynn / Frances Schumann & Robin Stevenson
[Norfolk] : Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society, 2011.

Catálogo regional de especies vegetales amenazadas de Extremadura, actualizado con La Lista Roja de la Flora Vascular Española 2008 / coordinación de la edición María Jesús Palacios González ... [et al.] ; auctores Francisco María Vazquez Pardo ... [et al.].
[Merida] : Junta de Extremadura, 2010.

A checklist of the flowering plants in southeast Yunnan / Yu-Min Shui & Wen-Hong Chen = Yunnan dong nan bu you hua zhi wu ming lu / Shui Yumin, Chen Wenhong zhu.
Kunming : Yunnan Pub. Group Corp. : Yunnan Science & Technology Press, 2010.
581.9(51) SHU

The plants of Acadia National Park / compiled and edited by Glen H. Mittelhauser ... [et al.] ; photographs by Marilee Lovit, Donna Kausen, Glen H. Mittelhauser, and others.
Orono, Me. : University of Maine Press, 2010.
581.9(741) MIT

The genus Haworthia : Book 2, Parts 1 and 2 / Ingo Breuer
Preston : Alsterworthia International, 2011.
582.4P178 BRE Q

Haworthia update : Essays on Haworthia. Volume 6 / Bruce Bayer
Preston : Alsterworthia International, [2011].
582.4P178 BAY Q

The Bushman Candles / Charles Craib and John Lavranos
[Tygerpark] : Penrock Publ., 2009.
582.4P38 CRA Q

Plants of western New South Wales / by G.M. Cunningham ... [et al.].
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Pub., 2011.
581.9(944) CUN Q

Karsten Flora Columbiae. 2 / Giorgio Antei
Bogotá : Seguros Bolívar, 1997.
581.9(861) KAR F





Burke & Wills : the scientific legacy of the Victorian exploring expedition / edited by D. A. McCann and E. B. Joyce.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2011.
L 70 o BUR

A field guide to the southeast coast and Gulf of Mexico : coastal habitats, seabirds, marine mammals, fish and other wildlife / by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2012.
L 75 o PRO

Notebooks from New Guinea : reflections on life, nature, and science from the depths of the rainforest / by Vojtech Novotny.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
L 77Ba o NOV

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume 3, letters 1789-1792 / edited by Neil Chambers.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2010.
L 96A o BAN

The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume 4, letters 1792 - 1798 / edited by Neil Chambers.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2011.
L 96A o BAN






Animal friendships / Anne Innis Dagg.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Z 10A o DAG

Wired wilderness : technologies of tracking and the making of modern wildlife / Etienne Benson.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Z 10G o BEN

Tropical fishes of the East Indies / Samuel Fallours.
[Köln] : Taschen, [c2010]
Z 22 q FAL

The ocean at home : an illustrated history of the aquarium / Bernd Brunner ; translated by Ashley Marc Slapp.
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
Z 85B o BRU

Conservation of primates in Indochina / edited by Tilo Nadler, Benjamin Miles Rawson, Van Ngoc Thinh.
Hanoi : Frankfurt Zoological Society, Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Conservation International, Indo-Burma Program, 2010.

Neogene Tonnoidean gastropods of tropical and South America : contributions to the Dominican Republic and Panama palaeontology projects and uplift of the Central American Isthmus / A.G. Beu
Ichaca, N.Y. : Paleontological Research Institution, 2010.


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Diversity, phylogeny, and evolution in the Monocotyledons : proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons and the Fifth International Symposium on Grass Systematics and Evolution / edited by Ole Seberg ... [et al.].
Århus : Aarhus University Press ; Oakville, CT : International distributors, David Brown Book Company, 2010.
576.1 SEB

Second corrected and completed checklist of vascular plants recorded in the area of the prefecture of Samos (East Aegean Islands, Greece) : Samos, Ikaria and Fourni with remarks about the distribution, endangerment and first reports / Ruprecht Duell ; with special help of Heinz Kalheber.
[Germany : The authors], 2011.

Dispersal in plants : a population perspective / Roger Cousens, Calvin Dytham & Richard Law.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
581.16 COU Q

Flowers and herbs of early America / by Lawrence D. Griffith ; photography by Barbara Temple Lombardi.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2008.
58.006 WIL Q

Flora of China : llustrations. Volume 10, Fabaceae / Xu Langran ... [et al.] ; Wu Zhengyi and Peter H. Raven, co-chairs of the editorial committee.
Beijing : Science Press ; St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2011.
581.9(51) FLO Q



Tools for Identifying biodiversity - progress and problems: proceedings of the international congress, Paris, September 20 - 22, 2010, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle - Grand Amphithéâtre / Pier Luigi Nimis and Régine Vignes Lebbe (eds.)
Trieste : Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010.
L 65A o TOO

Culture and climate change : recordings / edited by Robert Butler ... [et al.]
Cambridge : Shed, 2011.
L 86 o CUL

Social software in libraries : building collaboration, communication, and community online / Meredith G. Farkas.
Medford, N.J. : Information Today, c2007.



Ornithology (Tring)

Cladistics and the origin of birds : a review and two new analyses / by Frances C. James and John A. Pourtless IV.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2009.
ORNITHOLOGY S 5101 E                      

Measuring birds : = Vögel vermessen / ed. by Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft. ; authors: Siegfried Eck ...[et al.]
Minden : Christ Media Natur, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 81 DEU                        

On the origin of species through heteropatric differentiation : a review and a model of speciation in migratory animals / by Kevin Winker.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2010.
ORNITHOLOGY S 5101 E                      

Thomas R. Howell's check-list of the birds of Nicaragua as of 1993 / edited by Juan C. Martínez-Sánchez and Tom Will.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2010.





The atlas of wild animals of Jilin Province (Amphibia, Reptilia and mammals) / Zuhui Jiang.
Z 73H o JIA

Zoos in the 21st century : catalysts for conservation? / edited by Alexandra Zimmermann ... [et al.]
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Z 85B o ZOO

Amphibia & Reptilia animal of world in coloured illustrations : =Shijie Liangxi Paxing Dongwu Yuanse Tujian / Song Ban & Shi Yuan.
Shijie Liangxi Paxing Dongwu Yuanse Tujian

Amphibians and reptiles of Tibet / written by Pipeng Li, Ermi Zhao and Bingjun Dong.
Beijing : Science Press, 2010.

Biology in Crocodilian Lizard / Zhang Yuxia
Guilin : Guangxi Normal University Press, 2002.

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The flora of North Stradbroke Island / K. Stephens & D. Sharp.
[Brisbane, Qld.] : State of Queensland, Environmental Protection Agency, 2009.
581.9(943) STE

Medicinal plants of South Africa / Ben-Erik Van Wyk, Bosch Van Oudtshoorn, Nigel Gericke.
2nd ed.
Pretoria : Briza Publications, 2009.
615.10(68) WYK

The orchids of Mount Kinabalu / Jeffrey J. Wood ... [et al.] ; in collaboration with Reed S. Beaman, Rimi Repin and Jaap J. Vermeulen.
Kota Kinabalu : Natural History Publications (Borneo) ; Kew : In association with Royal Botanic Gardens, 2011.
581.9(595) WOO Q

Katalog tipovykh obraztsov sosudistykh rastenii vostochnoi azii, khraniashchikhsia v gerbarii Botanicheskogo Instituta im V. L. Komarova (LE). Chast' 1, Laponiia i Koreia / editor-in chief : A. E. Grabovskaya-Borodina
Mosow - St. Petersburg : KMK Scientific Press, 2010.
58.005 KOM STP

Algae of Ukraine : Diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Vol.3, Chlorophyta / edited by Petro M. Tsarenko, Solomon P. Wasser & Eviatar Nevo.
Ruggell : A.R.A. Gantner Verlag K.-G., 2010.
ALGAE 582.26 TSA

Lichens : an illustrated guide to the British and Irish species / Frank S. Dobson.
6th rev. and enl. ed.
Slough : Richmond Pub. Co., 2011.

Guía Darwin de las plantas de los Cerrados de la Chiquitania / John R.I. Wood (editor) ; [auctores: Fabiana Mamani ... [et al.]
Santa Cruz, Bolivia : Museo de Historia Natural "Noel Kempff Mercado", 2011.
581.9(84) WOO Q

The Ambonese herbal : being a description of the most noteworthy trees, … &c. / by Georgius Everhardus Rumphius ; translated, annotated and with an introduction by E.M. Beekman.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2011.
615.10(595P431) RUM Q





Insects in Chongqing Municipality / Chen, Bin
[Beijing] : [Science Press] ; 2010
73H o CHE

Blackflies of South India : with a special aspect of Onchocerciasis / Anbalagan, S.
New Delhi : A.P.H. Pub.Corp., 2011

Zhongguo Beifang Yaowen Youchong = Tendipes in the North of China / Wang, Juncai
[China] ; 2011

Chalcidoidea and Chrysidoidea Fauna in the Northeast China / Fang, Hong
Beijing : Beijing Normal University Publishing Group ; 2010

A cladistic study of the Arctiidae (Lepidoptera) by using characters of immatures and adults / Jacobson, N. L.
Lanham: Entomological Society of America, 2002
MACROLEPIDOPTERA J.30The Maltese countryside : a pictorial guide to the flora of the Maltese Islands / Guido Bonett and Joe Attard.




Biodiversity, biogeography and nature conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea. Vol. 1 / Dimitry Telnov, executive editor
Riga : The Entomological Society of Latvia, 2011
L 77A q BIO

Cruise handbook for Svalbard / Bjørn Fossli Johansen (ed.), Kristin Prestvold & Øystein Overrein.
Tromsø : Norwegian Polar Institute, 2011.





Animal behavior desk reference : a dictionary of animal behavior, ecology, and evolution / Edward M. Barrows.
3rd ed. Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2011.

Fishes : the animal answer guide / Gene Helfman and Bruce Collette.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
Z 22 o HEL

Dvustvorchatye molliuski Belogo Moria : opyt ekologo-faunisticheskogo analiza : =Clams of the White Sea : ecological and faunistic analysis / A.D. Naumov
Sankt-Peterburg : ZoologicheskiÄ­ Institut R.A.N., 2006.

Identification manual for common turtles and tortoises / the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of the People's Republic of China.
Beijing : China Forestry Pub. House, [2002?]

Zhongguo mao yi gui lei jian suo tu jian = Identification manual for traded turtles in China / Shi Haitao deng bian zhu.
Beijing : Zhongguo da bai ke quan shu chu ban she, 2008.

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Anthropology / Palaeontology


Proceedin[g]s of the 7th Romanian Symposium on Paleontology, Cluj-Napoca, 22-24 October 2009/ edited by Ioan I. Bucur, Emanoil Sasaran, Dana Pop
Cluj : Presa Universitara Clujeana, 2011
72V q ACT


Silurian fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland / edited by Euan K. Clarkson ... [et al.] ; technical editing by David J. Batten.
London : Palaeontological Association, 2007
P 72 Ab/2 o SIL




Flora Algarum Marinarum Sinicarum. Tomus II, Rhodophyta no. II : Acrochetiales, Nemaliales, Bonnemaisoniales / redactor principalis : C. K. Tseng ; authors : Zeng Chengkui ... [et al.]
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she [Science Press], 2005.
ALGAE 582.273 ZHE


Zhongguo yin hua (bao zi) zhi wu ke shu ci dian = Zhongguo yinhua (baozi) zhiwu ke shu cidian / Zang Mu, Li Xingjiang zhu bian.
Beijing Shi : Gao deng jiao yu chu ban she, 2011.


Flora of the Guianas. Series A, Phanerogams. Fasc. 28, Leguminosae : subfamily 87. Mimosoideae / R.C. Barneby, J.W. Grimes & O. Poncy
Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2011.
581.9(88) GOR


Fern flora of Taiwan / Yea-Chen Liu, Wen-Liang Chiou, Ho-Yih Liu
Taipei, Taiwan : Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, 2009.
FERNS 582.35(51) LIU


Panarctic checklist : lichens and lichenicolous fungi / [Hörður Kristinsson, Mikhail Zhurbenko & Eric Steen Hansen].
Akureyri, Iceland : CAFF, 2010.


The last great plant hunt : the story of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank / Carolyn Fry, Sue Seddon and Gail Vines.
Richmond, Surrey : Kew Publishing, 2011.
502.7 FRY Q


Revision of <Eryngium> L. (Apiaceae-Saniculoideae) : general part and palaearctic species / by Arno Wörz
Stuttgart [u.a.] : Schweizerbart, 2011.
582.4P80 WOR Q




Exploring environmental history : selected essays / T.C. Smout.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
L 10A o SMO

Ecossistemas costeiros do Espírito Santo : conservação e preservação / Luis Fernando Tavares de Menezes, Fábio Ribeiro Pires, Oberdan José Pereira, organizadores.
Vitória : EDUFES, 2007.
L 76D o ENC

Monsoon traders : the maritime world of the East India Company / H.V. Bowen, John McAleer, Robert Blyth.
London : Scala, cop. 2011.
L 85 o EAS

A user's guide to principal components / J. Edward Jackson.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience, c2003.
L 93 o JAC

Multivariate statistical methods : a primer / Bryan F.J. Manly.
Boca Raton, FL : Chapman & Hall/CRC Press, c2005.
L 93 o MAN


Timescales of magmatic processes: from core to atmosphere / Anthony Dosseto, Simon P. Turner and James A.Van Orman
Wiley-Blackwell 2011
553.21 TIM  

Ornithology (Tring)

Action plan for the conservation of the Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus) / Baz Hughes ... [et al.].
Brasília IBAMA 2006.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 HUG                        

The bird fancier : a journey to Peking / Alastair Morrison.
Canberra, Australia : Pandanus Books, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, c2001.
ORNITHOLOGY 96A MOR                       

The egg collectors of Great Britain & Ireland : an update, a compilation of information additional to the original book published in 2000 / by Andrew C. Cole and William M. Trobe.
Leeds : Peregrine Books, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 96 COL                        

Godwits : long-haul champions / Keith Woodley.
North Shore, N.Z. : Raupo, 2009.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(2C) WOO                    

National plan of action for the conservation of albatrosses and petrels / Tatiana Neves ... [et al.].
Brasília : IBAMA, 2006.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 NEV                        

Plano de Ação Nacional para a Conservação de Albatrozes e Petréis (Planacap) / Tatiana Neves
Brasilia, Brazil : ICMBio ; 2006.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 NEV                        

Plano de Ação Nacional para a Conservação de Aves de Rapina / Elisario Strike Soares
Brasilia, Brazil : ICMBio, 2008.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 SOA                        

Plano de Ação Nacional para a Conservação de Galliformes Ameaçadas de Extinção (aracuãs, jacus, jacutingas, mutuns e urus) / L. F. Silveira, E. S. Soares, C. A. Bianchi
Basilia, Brazil : ICMBio, 2008.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 SIL                        

Plano de Ação Nacional para a Conservação do Mutum-de-Alagoas (Miti mitu = Pauxi mitu)
Brasilia, Brazil ; ICMBio ; 2008.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 SIL                        

Plano de manjeo da arara-azul-de-lear (Anodorhynchus leari) Yara de Melo Barros ...[et al].
Brasília IBAMA 2006.


Rat Island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue / by William Stolzenburg.
London : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Z 10J o STO

Die Tierwelt der Hohen Tauern hrsg. von der Nationalparkinstitut Hohe Tauern des Hauses der Natur. Eberhard Stüber/Norbert Winding Wirbeltiere
Innsbruck : Tyrolia-Verl., 2011.
Z 72M o STU

Illiustrirovannye opredeliteli svobodnozhivushchikh bespozvonochnykh evraziÄ­skikh moreÄ­ i prilezhashchikh glubokovodnykh chasteÄ­ Arktiki. Tom 2 = Illustrated keys to free-living invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic seas and adjacent deep waters. Vol. 2, Nemertea, Cephalorhyncha, Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Pogonophora, Echiura, Sipuncula, Phoronida and Brachiopoda / edited by B.I. Sirenko
Moskva : KMK. Tovarishchestvo nauchnykh izdaniÄ­, 2010
Z 72Q o SIR

Moluscos del Mar de Bellinghausen (Anárctica) : observaciones y distribución de los gastrópodos con concha, bivalvos y escafópodos del Oeste de la Península Antártica, recolectados en las Campañas Antárticas Españolas BENTART 2003 Y 2006/ C. Aldea & J. S. Troncoso. 2010.

Field guide to snakes of the Pilbara, Western Australia / Brian Bush and Brad Maryan.
Welshpool DC : Western Australian Museum, 2011.

The eponym dictionary of reptiles / Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

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6 December 2011 - 7 December 2011


The Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR) at the Natural History Museum, London, welcomes everyone to this interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the World Collections Programme-funded partnership between the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the British Library.


The conference will explore the history of botany and the exchange of materials in nineteenth century India. It will specifically explore the collections of Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854), a major figure in the history and development of botany. We welcome everyone interested in natural history, art history, botany, South Asian studies, social history, history of the British Empire, museum studies and digital humanities to join us for this exciting conference.


Register for the conference by 20 November 2011. Full conference fee is £74.85. Day rate (Tuesday 6 December only) is £48.35.


The full conference fee includes:

  • Teas and coffees on both days, and a buffet lunch at the Natural History Museum on day one
  • Workshops to include private viewings of the Wallich collections at Kew Gardens on day two
  • A complimentary ticket for entry to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a wine reception on day two

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An illustrated flora of North Cyprus : an essential guide to the wild flowers of the eastern Mediterranean / D.E. Viney.
Ruggell, Liechtenstein : A.R.G. Ganter Verlag ; Köenigstein, Germany : Distributed by Koeltz Scientific Books, 2011.
581.9(564.3) VIN

Plant discoveries 2007, 2008 and 2009  : new species, varieties and new records / Botanical Survey of India.
Calcutta : Botanical Survey of India, 2007, 2008, 2009.
581.9(54) GOV Q

Linneo a Bologna : l'arte della conoscenza = Linnaeus at Bologna : the art of knowledge : Bologna, Orto e Museo botanico, 22 ottobre 2007-31 gennaio 2008 / a cura di Donatella Biagi Maino e Giovanni Cristofolini.
Torino : Umberto Allemandi, [2007].

The cyclamen of Greece : a guide to the species of cyclamen growing in Greece / Peter Moore and Melvyn Jope
Surrey : The Cyclamen Society, 2011.
582.4P99 MOO

Aquatic plants of Pennsylvania : a complete reference guide / Timothy A. Block and Ann Fowler Rhoads ; illustrations by Anna Anisko.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
581.9(748) BLO Q



The lepidoptera of the Brandberg Massif in Namibia. Memoir 4. Part 2 / Wolfram Mey (ed)
Schwanfeld : Delta Druck ; 2007

Buchreihe zur Entomologie : Esperiana Memoir 5 / Hacker, Hermann H.
Schwanfeld : Delta Druck ; 2010
SERIALS S 1309 AaThe Maltese countryside : a pictorial guide to the flora of the Maltese Islands / Guido Bonett and Joe Attard.




Seasonally dry tropical forests : ecology and conservation / edited by Rodolfo Dirzo  ... [et al.].
Washington : Island Press, c2011.
L 10E o SEA

Morphometrics with R / Julien Claude.
New York : Springer, c2008.
L 93 o CLA

Smoking coasts and ice-bound seas: Cook's voyage to the Arctic : catalogue to the exhibition at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum / with contributions from Glyndwr Williams ... [et al.].
Whitby : Captain Cook Memorial Museum, 2008.
L 96 q SMO

Ornithology (Tring)

Avian survivors : the history and biogeography of Palearctic birds / Clive Finlayson.
London : Poyser, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 10 FIN                        

The Norfolk cranes' story / John Buxton and Chris Durdin.
Sheringham : Wren, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/9 BUX                    

Sandhill and whooping cranes : ancient voices over America's wetlands / Paul A. Johnsgard.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 75C JOH                       

Vögel : die ornithologische Sammlung des Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch Oldenburg / Kay Fuhrmann, Carsten Ritzau.
[Birds: The ornithological collection of the Landesmuseum Natur und mensch Oldenburg, Germany (Aves)]
Darmstadt : Primus, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 97 LAN                        

Avifauna of the eastern Himalayas and southeastern sub-Himalayan mountains : center of endemism or many species in marginal habitats? / edited by Swen C. Renner and John H. Rappole.
Washington, D.C. : American Ornithologists' Union, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY S 5101 E                      

Birds of Melanesia : The Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. / by Guy Dutson.  Illustrated by Richard Allen, Adam Bowley, John Cox and Tony Disley.
London, : Christopher Helm, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 77B DUT                       

Birds of New Zealand, Hawaii and the Central and West Pacific / text and ill. by Ber van Perlo.
London : Collins, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 77 PER                        

Birds of North America and Greenland / by Norman Arlott.
London : Collins, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 75 ARL                        

Birds of Seychelles / Adrian Skerrett, Tony Disley.
London : Christopher Helm, cop. 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 79 SKE                        

Guía de nidos de aves del Paraguay. / by Martín de la Peña. Illustración; Gabriela Arancio. Adaptación para Paraguay: Hugo del castillo y Arne Lesterhuis.
[Guide to nests of birds of Paraguay]
Asunción, Paraguay : Guyra Paraguay, 2010.
EGG PEN                                   

Hunting tactics of peregrines and other falcons / Dick Dekker.
Surrey, B.C. : Hancock House, c2009.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(1F) DEK                    

Die Vogelarten - The Bird Species, Charadriiformes : Systematik der Vogelarten und -unterarten der Erde - Systematics of the Bird Species and Subspecies of the world / Norbert Bahr.
Minden, Westf : CHRIST MEDIA NATUR, 2011.


Priority! : the dating of scientific names in ornithology / edited by Edward C. Dickinson, Leslie K. Overstreet, Robert J. Dowsett.
Eastbourne : Aves, 2011.
Z 18 q PRI

Shell houses and grottoes / Hazelle Jackson.
Princes Risborough : Shire, 2001.
Z 35 o JAC

Cosmopolitan earthworms: an eco-taxonomic guide to the peregrine species of the world / by Robert J. Blakemore
Yokohama : VermEcology So(i)lution, 2010.

Workshop on research and conservation of the genus <Sotalia> : book of abstracts / editors: Salvatore Siciliano ... [et al.]
Rio de Janeiro : Armação dos Búzios, 2006.

British seashells : a guide for collectors and beachcombers / Paul Chambers ; original Victorian illustrations by George Sowerby.
Barnsley : Remember When, 2009.

Amphibians, reptiles and turtles of the Cimarron National Grassland, Kansas / Joseph T. Collins, Suzanne L. Collins, Travis W. Taggart ; with photographs by Suzanne L. Collins.
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Forest Service , 2011