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Out now is the Summer edition of EVOLVE, the Natural History Museum's glossy inhouse magazine.


Once again the Library & Archives staff and collections feature numerous times:


Through the window of printed ephemera: the weird and wonderful world of menageries - by Hellen Sharman (Reader Services Librarian)


Accessing science in the twent-first century - by Natalie Beven (Electronic Resources Librarian)


The great Piltdown fraud - by Karolyn Shindler (Scientific Associate)


Elizabeth Twining - by Gemma Simmons (Publishing Assistant Editor)


Evolve is available to purchase via the Museum website, in the shop or members receive it free.




Imagine a natural history library open 24 hours a day with all your essential journals and books inside.  The

Biodiversity Heritage Library will be that Library.  It is available 24 hours, wherever you are, for free, with over

38 million pages of information already scanned and more being added everyday.


It all started about 2005 with a consortium of Natural History and Botanical Libraries meeting to organise the what

and how of a freely available resource of biodiversity literature.  The consortium was mostly based in the USA (eg

Smithsonian, Missouri Botanic Garden, American Museum of Natural History) plus the NHM and Kew. The idea was to

create a freely available resource containing the legacy literature of biodiversity taken from the collections of

the members of the consortium. The first portal was launched was in 2007.


The participating institutions realised that their collections of rare and historic scientific information that are

essential for taxonomics and systematics were available to visitors only.  Natural history is unusual in science in

that historic data is essential and must be consulted.  Hence BHL is destined to be one of the largest subject

specific resources on the Internet.




The material scanned into BHL includes anything in the public domain (upto 1923 in the USA and 100 years old in the

UK) or items where agreement has been reached with the copyright holder.  Recently material has been ingested from

sources other than the BHL consortium members such as the Internet Archive, the University of Illinois at

Urbana-Champaign.  Additionally any user may request items for digitisation (using the feedback button on the top

right of the BHL screen).


This amazing resource is free to use and is available anywhere that has Internet access, so from the Museum, from

home and out in the field.  All pages are index for scientific names using UBIO ( ).  Material can

be downloaded as a PDF or OCR, all or page by page or just images.  The bibliographic information can be downloaded

in MODS, BibTeX or EndNote format.  The information downloaded can be saved, re-used or re-purposed freely, see the

BHL Flickr site BHL also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and

itunes, and has a blog featuring book of the week, articles by users of BHL, information about meetings and new

developments, and much more!


By promoting itself as an open digital collection, BHL allows the taxonomic names and associated bibliographic

information to be used by other digital initiatives such as Encyclopedia of life, Tropicas, Biostor and Citebank

The BHL family is expanding with collections coming online for Europe, Australia, China, Brazil and Egypt.  Also

negotiations are underway to initialise a project for Sub-Saharan Africa. 



Chris scanning at the Scribe machine.


The Natural History Museum has contributed 639 titles to BHL since scanning started in 2007.  Scanning is carried

out using a Scribe machine which incorporates a super structure that supports two cameras on sliding tracks, lights

(continuous, not flash), a bed and glass platen set at an angle, with a foot pedal for raising and lowering the

platen. The Cameras are Canon Mark IIs. Images are processed using software developed at Internet Archive

(processing includes cropping, rotating/ de-skewing, and converting from RAW to JPEG2000) and then uploaded to the

Internet Archive, where they are further converted to .pdf, .epub, etc. The scans need to be associated with the

appropriate metadata from the Library catalogue, achieved using Z39.50 technology.  Library staff are heavily

involved in the preparation of items for scanning.


Help expand the BHL user-base and have a look today.  If you need any help please contact me via


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



Anthropology / Palaeontology





The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Eurasia : hypotheses and facts / editor A.P. Derevianko

Novosibirsk : Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Press, 2005

A 2 q DER



Characteristic features of the The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Eurasia : proceedings of the international symposium "Characteristic features of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Eurasia: development of culture and evolution of Homo Genus" (July 4-10, 2011, Denisova Cave, Altai) / edited by A.P. Derevianko, M.V. Shunkov

Novosibirsk : Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, 2011

A 3A o DER






Speleothem science : from process to past environments / Ian J. Fairchild and Andy Baker

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2012

P 11 o FAI



The Goldilocks planet : the four billion year story of Earth's climate / Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012

P 14 o ZAL



Rereading the fossil record : the growth of paleobiology as an evolutionary discipline / David Sepkoski

Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012

P 15C o SEP





Grasses of the Northern Territory savannas : a field guide / Sam Crowder, Boronia Saggers

Darwin, N.T. : Greening Australia (NT), 2010.

B 581.9(948) CRO


World of Tillandsias / Jan Maruška

Sibřina : Kakteen-PH-Flora, 2011.

B 582.4P171 MAR Q


Australian medicinal plants : a complete guide to identification and usage / E.V. Lassak & T. McCarthy.

Chatswood, N.S.W. : New Holland, 2011.

B 615.10(94) LAS


Encyclopedia of tropical plants : identification and cultivation of over 3000 tropical plants / Ahmed Fayaz.

Sydney : UNSW Press, 2011.



The pictorial guide to seeds of the world : an introduction into the collection, cleaning, and storage of seeds / Terry A. Woodger.

Boca Raton, Fla. : Universal-Publishers, 2011.

B 581.48 WOO





Cerambycidae : Sul-Americanos (Coleoptera). Suplemento 3 / M.H.M. Galileo

Porto Alegre : Museu de Ciencias Naturalis, 2011



6th International Congress of Dipterology : abstracts volume

[S.l. : s.n.], 2006



The genus Colias Fabricius, 1807 : Jan Haugum's annotated catalogue of the Old World Colias (Lepidoptera, Pieridae) / Josef Grieshuber, Bob Worthy, Gerardo Lamas

Pardubice : Tshikolovets, 2012



The Nymphalidae of China (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera). Part 1, Libytheinae, Danainae, Calinaginae, Morphinae, Heliconiinae, Nymphalinae, Charaxinae, Apaturinae, Cyrestinae, Biblidinae, Limenitinae / Song-yun Lang

Pardubice : Tshikolovets, 2012



Big moths of Buenos Aires and Southern Uruguay / Rudi Mattoni, Fernando Penco

Beverly Hills, Calif. : Lepidoptera Research Foundation, 2012



Die Grossschmetterlinge Deutschlands, 2011 = The Macrolepidoptera of Germany, 2011 / Herausgeber / editors Andreas H. Segerer & Axel Hausmann ; Autoren / authors Andreas H. Segerer ... [et al.]

Budapest : Heterocera, 2011



Life in a gall : the biology and ecology of insects that live in plant galls / by Rosalind Blanche

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2012







Islanda : Terra di ghiaccio dal cuore caldo = Iceland : a land of ice with a heart of fire = Ísland : Íslandiđ međ heita hjartađ / fotografie di Antonio Crescenzo

Torino : Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, 2010

L 72Da o CRE


Pacific Voyages and Exploration from the Carlsmith Collection and other sources / Anne McCormick & Derek McDonnell

Sydney : Hordern House Pty. Ltd., 2011

L 70 q MCC


The Coming of the Strangers Life in Australia 1788-1822 / Baiba Berzins

Sydney : State Library of New South Wales, 1988

L 77C o BER


A steady hand : Governor Hunter & his First Fleet sketch book / Linda Groom

Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2012

L 77Cd q GRO


Hordern House : rare books, manuscripts, paintings, prints / Anne McCormick & Derek McDonnell

Sydney : Hordern House Pty. Ltd, 1988

L 95 o MCC





The Queen's diamonds / Hugh Roberts

London : Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd. 2012

M 549.21 ROB


Meteoriti : le pietre del cielo / Erica Bittarello, Emanuele Costa, Lorenzo Mariano Gallo

Torino : Regione Piemonte : Museo regionale di scienze naturali, [2009]

M 523.68 BIT


Physico-chemical and Computational Approaches to Drug Discovery / edited by F. Javier Luque and Xavier Barril

London : Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012

M 541.1 LUC



Ornithology (Tring)


Binocular vision : the politics of representation in birdwatching field guides / Spencer Schaffner.

Amherst ; Bondon : University of Massachusetts Press, c2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 3 SCH                      


Biologiia i okhrana ptits Kamchatki. Vypusk No. 6 = The biology and conservation of the birds of Kamchatka. Issue 6 / Rossiiskaia akademiia nauk Dal'nevostochnoe otdelenie, Kamchatskii filial Tikhookeanskogo instituta geografii; [Artukhin, Yu.B., Gerasimov, Yu. N. (eds)]

Moskva : Izd-vo Tsentra ohkrany dikoi prirody, 2004.

ORNITHOLOGY 73A BIO                    


Biologiia i okhrana ptits Kamchatki. Vypusk No. 9 = The biology and conservation of the birds of Kamchatka. Issue 9 / Rossiiskaia akademiia nauk Dal'nevostochnoe otdelenie, Kamchatskii filial Tikhookeanskogo instituta geografii; [Artukhin, Yu.B., Gerasimov, Yu. N. (eds)]

Moskva : Izd-vo Tsentra ohkrany dikoi prirody, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY 73A BIO                    


Birds of New Zealand / Julian Fitter.

info: London : Collins, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 77D FIT                    


Collections from the Muséum.

[Paris] : Éditions du Muséum, c2005.

PAMPHLET BOX 1                         


Extensive monitoring of arctic-alpine birds in Scotland: A pilot survey to test potential for using volunteer surveyors / John Calladine

Stirling : BTO Scotland, 2007.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


Geographical variation in the Dunlin Calidris alpina (L.)

Liverpool : Liverpool polytechnic, Department of Biology, 1979.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(2C) GRE                 


Methods for comparing low-tide trends for Wetland Bird Survey count sectors with wider regions ; a pilot study for three wader species on the Stour and Orwell estuaries SPA / John H. Marchant, Neil Calbrade, Graham Austin

Thetford: BTO, 2012

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


Nest: The art of birds [hardback]. / Janine Burke

Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 3A BUR                     


Ptáci - Aves. Díl III /2 (2., přepracované a doplněné vydání) / redigujĺ:  Karel Štastný a Karel Hudec

[Birds. Part 3, no. 2]

Praha : Akadmie věd Českě republiky, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72M PTA                    


Ptáci - Aves. Díl III /1  (2., přepracované a doplněné vydání) / redigujĺ:  Karel Štastný a Karel Hudec

[Birds. Part 3, no. 1]

Praha : Academie věd České republiky, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72M PTA                    


Type specimens of birds in the American Museum of Natural History. Part 10, Passeriformes : Emberizidae, Emberizinae, Catamblyrhynchinae, Cardinalinae, Thraupinae, and Tersininae / Mary LeCroy.

[New York] : American Museum of Natural History, c2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 97 AME                     


Video surveillance of nesting birds / editors: Christine A. Ribic, frank R. Thompson III and Pamela J. Pietz

Berkeley : University of California, 2012

EGG RIB                                




Metodologias de amostragen para avaliação das populações de lagosta : plataforma continental do Brasil = Metodologías de muestreo para la evaluación de las poblaciones de langosta : plataforma continental de Brasil / Autores Raùl Cruz Izquierdo ... [et al.].

Fortaleza : Universidade Federal do Ceará/LABOMAR/ Núcleo de Audiovisual e Multimeios, 2011



The Banggai cardinalfish : natural history, conservation, and culture of Pterapogon kauderni / Alejandro A. Vagelli

Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011



The Fish Parasite Fauna and the Fish of Lake Prespa = Ribnatparazitofačina i ribite od prespanskoto ezepo / Nikola Hristovski, Stojmir Stojanovski, Trajče Talevski, Dijana Blažeković-Dimovska

Bitola, Macedonia : National and University Library, 2012



Horse : from Arabia to Royal Ascot / John Curtis and Nigel Tallis ; with the assistance of Astrid Johansen

London : British Museum, 2012



Atlas of Florida fossil shells : pliocene and pleistocene marine gastopods / Edward J. Petuch

Evanston, Ill. : Chicago Spectrum, 1994