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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Feb 23, 2011

New books added to the Library collection

 

Here are the recently arrived additions to the Library collection.  Please let us know if you'd like to make an appointment to see these or other items.

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

Petroleum Geology Conference & Exhibition (2010 ; Kuala Lumpa)
Kuala Lumpa : Geological Society of Malaysia, 2010

Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Howick, August 5-8, 2010
Pietermaritzburg : Natal Museum, 2010.

 

Gaiasphäre : ein Führer durch die Austellung in Saal 6 des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien / Andreas Kroh & Mathias Harzhauser
Wien : Naturhistorisches Museum, 2009

 

Hasan's cave : geology, folklore and antiquities / C. Savona-Ventura, A. Mifsud.
Valletta, Malta : Heritage Books, 2000

 


Botany

 

Illustrations of Jammu plants : a supplement to Flora of Jammu and plants of neighbourhood : with general key and annotation / by B. M. Sharma.
Dehra Dun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2010.

 

Baboquivari mountain plants : identification, ecology, and ethnobotany / Daniel F. Austin ; with linguistic consultant, David L. Shaul.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2010.

 

A handbook of the world's conifers / by Aljos Farjon.
2 vols.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.

 

Handbook of the taxonomic names associated with the non-marine Rhodophycophyta / by Franklyn Dewayne Ott.
Stuttgart : J. Cramer in der Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2009.

 

Orchidaceae of West-Central Africa. Vol.1 / Dariusz L. Szlachetko .. [et al.]
Gdansk : Gdansk University Press, 2010.

 

 

General

 

Temperate and boreal rainforests of the world : ecology and conservation / edited by Dominick A. DellaSala ; foreword by David Suzuki.
Washington, DC : Island Press, c2011.

 

Remnants of Gondwana : a natural and social history of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia / edited by Roger Kitching, Richard Braithwaite and Janet Cavanaugh.
Baulkham Hills, N.S.W. : Surrey Beatty & Sons, 2010.

 

A history of photography with the light microscope / Brian Bracegirdle.
[London] : Quekett Microscopical Club, 2010.

 

Wildlife photographer of the year. Portfolio 20 / [editor] Rosamund Kidman Cox
[London] : BBC, 2010

 

Climate change, biodiversity and sustainability in the Americas : impacts and adaptations / Francisco Dallmeier ... [et al.], editors.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2010.

 


Ornithology (Tring)

 

The bird man of Brisbane : Silvester Diggles and his ornithology of Australia / Louis Pigott.
Moorooka, Qld. : Boolarong Press, 2010.

 

The birds of Devon / Michael Tyler
Devon Birdwatching and Preservation Society, 2010.

 

Contributions to the history of North American ornithology. Vol.III / edited by William E. Davis, Jr. and Jerome A. Jackson.
Cambridge, Mass. : Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2010.

 

Tucanos das Américas = Toucans of the Americas / autor, Herculano Alvarenga ; aquarelas, Eduardo Brettas ; apresentação, Maurício Pontual
Rio de Janeiro : M. Pontual Edições e Arte, 2004.

 


Zoology

 

The zoological collecting of the Honourable East India Company and imperial museum making / Louise Berridge
2010.

Terrestrial vertebrates of Pennsylvania : a complete guide to species of conservation concern / edited by Michael A. Steele ... [et al.].
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

 

Coral reefs of the southern Gulf of Mexico / edited by John W. Tunnell, Jr., Ernesto A. Chávez, and Kim Withers ; foreword by Sylvia Earle.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 2007.

 

Treatise on zoology - anatomy, taxonomy, biology : The Crustacea, Decapoda. Vol. 9, Part A: Eucarida: Euphausiacea , Amphionidacea, and Decapoda (partim) / edited by F.R. Schram  and J.C. von Vaupel Klein (Editors)
Leiden : Brill, 2010.

 

Histopathology of protistan and myxozoan infections in fishes : an atlas / Iva Dyková and Jirí Lom.
Praha, [Czech Republic] : Academia, 2007

 

A tribute to bats : a collection of contributions on selected topics of bat research and bat conservation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia / ed. by Ivan Horácek and Marcel Uhrin.
Kostelec nad Cernými lesy : Lesnická práce, s. r. o., 2010.

 

Britains mammals: a concise guide / David Wembridge & Clare Poland Bowen
Stansted : Whittet Books, 2010.

 

Conservation of Mesoamerican amphibians and reptiles / edited by Larry David Wilson, Josiah H. Townsend, and Jerry D. Johnson ; foreword by James B. Murphy.
Eagle Mountain : Eagle Mountain Press, 2010.

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New in the Library

Posted by Rita Dockery Feb 15, 2011

Please find below a list of this week’s recently arrived additions to the Library collection. We are closed this week for our annual stock audit, but we hope to hear from you if you would like to see these or the many other items in our library in the future.

 

Anthropology  / Palaeontology

Asian  paleoanthropology : from Africa to China and  beyond / edited by Christopher J. Norton, David R.  Braun.

Dordrecht [Netherlands] ; New York : Springer,  c2010.

 

The  evolution of the human head / Daniel E.  Lieberman.

Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,  2011.

 

A new  theory of extinctions / Pieter van den Noort, Ashram  Elewa

Doorwerth, Netherlands : [the authors],  2010

 

Zhongguo  zhong sheng dai yuan qiao ya mu jia chong hua shi / Tan Jingjing, Ren  Dong zhu.

Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she,  2009.

 

The caves  of Gower / photographs by Harold Grenfell ; text by  Bernard Morris.

[S.l.] : Gower Society,  2006.

 

Botany

The  orchids of Rwanda / Eberhard Fischer ... [et  al.].

Koblenz, Germany : Dept. of Geography of the Institute for  Integrated Natural Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau,  2010.

 

Crocuses  : a complete guide to the genus / Janis  Rukšans.

Portland, Or. : Timber Press,  2011.

 

Flora  of Peninsular Malaysia. Series 2, Seed plants,  Volume 1 / edited by R. Kiew, R.C.K.  Chung, L.G. Saw, E. Soepadmo and P.C. Boyce ; [series editor: S.S.  Lee].

Kuala  Lumpur : Forest Research Institute,  Malaysia,  2010.

 

A  guide to the flowering plants and ferns of Iceland / Hördur  Kristinsson.

Reykjavik : Mal og menning,  2010.

 

Trees  of Panama and  Costa  Rica /  Richard Condit, Rolando Pérez, Nefertaris Daguerre.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press,  2011.

 

The  Mosses and Liverworts of Pembrokeshire / Sam  Bosanquet

[Pontypool] : S. D. S. Bosanquet,  2010.

 

Entomology

A  pictorial field guide to the beetles of Australia. Part 3:  chalcophorinae / by Mark R.  Golding.

[Joondalup, W.A.] : Ocean  Publishing, c2008.

 

A field  guide of the Dynastidae family of the south of South  America / Esteban I. Abadie, Paschoal Coelho Grossi  & Pablo S. Wagner, authors.

[Buenos Aires? : s.n.],  c2008.

 

A  pictorial field guide to the beetles of Australia. Part 4,  Bolboceratinae / by Mark R.  Golding.

[Joondalup, W.A. : Ocean  Publishing], c2009.

 

Pictorial  field guide to the beetles of Australia. Part 5,  Cetoniidae / by Mark R.  Golding.

[Joondalup, W.A. : Ocean  Publishing], c2009.

 

A  pictorial field guide to the beetles of Australia. Part 2,  Cicindelidae / Mark R.  Golding.

[Perth?] : Ocean Pub.,  2007.

 

Suomen  luteet = [Finnish bugs] / T. Rintala & V.  Rinne

Helsinki : Tibiale,  2010

 

Encyclopedia  of flora and fauna of Bangladesh. Vol. 22, Arthropoda:  Insecta IV, Pterygota (part) : Pterygota orders : Hymenoptera, Coleoptera,  Strepsiptera / chief editor: Zia Uddin  Ahmed

Dhaka, Bangladesh : Asiatic Society of  Bangladesh, 2009

 

General

Government  and research policy in the UK: an introduction :  a guide  for researchers  / Research Information  Network

London : Research  Information Network, 2010.

 

Made to  stick : why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck / Chip Heath & Dan  Heath.

London : Arrow Books,  2008.

 

La  biodiversità delle praterie alpine nelle Alpi occidentali : dal 6 al 29 novembre  2009 / a cura di Bruno Bassano, Antonello  Provenzale, Ramona Viterbi [Museo Regionale di Scienze  Naturali]

Torino : Museo Regionale di  Scienze Naturali, 2009, 2009

 

Analysis  of biological networks / edited by Björn H. Junker and Falk  Schreiber.

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience,  c2008.

 

Managing  information services : a transformational approach / Jo  Bryson.

Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT  : Ashgate, c2006.

 

Classification  in theory and practice / Sue Batley.

Oxford : Chandos,  2005.

 

Ornithology  (Tring)

Aerial  surveys of aggregations of seaducks, divers and grebes in UK inshore areas  outside the breeding season in 2007/08 / Mark  Lewis ... [et al.]

Peterborough : JNCC,  2009.

 

Collections  in context : proceedings of the 5th International Meeting of European Bird  Curators : Natural History Museum Vienna, August  29th-31st, 2007, Vienna,  Austria / Ernst  Bauernfeind ... [et al.] (eds.).

Vienna, Austria : Natural History Museum, 2010.

 

Manx  shearwater <Puffinus puffinus> evening rafting behaviour around colonies  on Skomer, Rum and Bardsey: its spatial extent and implications for recommending  seaward boundary extensions to existing colony Special Protection Areas in the  UK / Claire A. McSorley ...[et  al.]

Peterborough: JNCC,  2008.

 

Seabird  numbers and breeding success in Britain and Ireland, 2006, /  R. A. Mavor ... [et al.]

Peterborough : Joint Nature  Conservation Committee, 2008.

 

The state  of Australia's birds 2010 : islands and  birds / compiled by Julie Kirkwood and James  O'Connor.

Carlton, Vic. : Birds  Australia,  2010.

 

Surveillance  of winter and spring aggregations of seaducks, divers and grebes in UK  inshore areas: aerial surveys and shore-based counts 2006/07 / Mark Lewis ... [et  al.]

Peterborough : JNCC,  2008.

 

Vögel auf  Föhr die Präparate-Sammlung des Friesen-Museums / Herausgegeben von Jutta  Kollbaum-Weber

Husum:  Dr.-Carl-Haeberlin-Friesen-Museums, 2009.

 

Wings  over the Red Sea : the birds of the Eritrean  islands / Giuseppe De Marchi, Giorgio Chiozzi, Dawit  Semere.

Milano : Società Italiana di  Scienze Naturali ; Museo Civico di Storia Naturale,  2009.

 

Zoology

Eels : an  exploration, from New  Zealand to the Sargasso, of the world's most  amazing and mysterious fish / James Prosek.

New  York : Harper, 2010.

 

Fish  locomotion : an eco-ethological perspective / editors, Paolo  Domenici, B.G. Kapoor.

Enfield : Science Publishers,  2010.

 

Primate  locomotion : linking field and laboratory research / Kristiaan D'Août,  Evie E. Vereecke, editors.

New  York : Springer,  2011.

 

Badger  behaviour, conservation and rehabilitation: 70 years of getting to know  badgers / George E  Pearce

Exeter : Pelagic Publishing,  2011.

 

Dingo / by Brad  Purcell.

Collingwood : CSIRO  Publishing, 2010.

 

Mammals  of Florida  field guide / by Stan  Tekiela.

Cambridge : Adventure  Publications, 2010.

 

Handbook  on mangrove associate molluscs of Sundarbans / Anirudha Dey ;  edited by the Director, Zoological Survey of India.

Kolkata : Zoological Survey  of India, 2006.

 

Philippine  marine mollusks. Vol. IV, Bivalvia. Part 2, Scaphopoda, Polyplachophora,  Cephalopoda & Addenda / G.T. Poppe

Hackenheim : Conchbooks,  2011

 

Amphibians  and reptiles of Margarita, Coche and Cubagua / Gabriel N. Ugueto,  Gilson A. Rivas.

Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira,  2010.

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Hot off the press! A new book published by the Natural History Museum, written by the Library's Special Collections Curator Judith Magee.

 

It focuses on the Library's amazing Reeves artwork collection and coincides with the launch of the Museum's Images of Nature gallery which opened in January 2011.

 

This book can be purchased now from the Museum Bookshop or ordered online.

 

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The Winter edition of Evolve is out now and is full of interesting articles.

 

In this edition there are two articles that involve the Library collections. Elin Simonsson talks about Edward Adrian Wilson and the travelling South Pole exhibition that arrives at the NHM in 2012. A number of items from the Library collections feature in this.

 

Karolyn Shindler continues her series of articles looking at the life of Richard Owen, this time his marriage to Caroline Clift.

 

Members of the Museum recieve Evolve as part of their membership. Non-members can buy copies in the NHM shop or subscribe online.

 

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Free access to art ejournals until 28th Feb!!


Historians and artists as well as scientists make use of our wonderful collections of artwork. The library artworks collections are rich and varied as highlighted in the new museum gallery - Images of Nature.

 

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These beautiful illustrations help to uncover the story of how the natural world was depicted over centuries of scientific investigation. Before the camera artists, such as Sydney Parkinson - a young man who travelled alongside Captain Cook on the first voyage to Australia in 1768, would board ships with bags filled with artists materials in order to document and bring to life these astonishing new lands, animals, plants and peoples for the first time.

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Routledge is making its entire collection of art ejournals freely available for a limited time on Informaworld. There are some excellent articles about natural history art available. Read on and discover more about this fasinating area of research.

 

Here are some pieces to start you off -

 

Nature prints, 18th Century botanical drawings, Art and Science, Landscape history

 

The full list of titles can be accessed here.

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New! Springerlink

Posted by NataliePope Feb 2, 2011
Starting from this year we've added a great new electronic resource to our collection - Springerlink

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Springerlink is a fantastic e-resource for the library and provides access to over one thousand scientific, technical and medical journals. Springer is one of the leading STM publishers worldwide.

 

You can search journal articles that cover a rich variety of academic disciplines from 1997 to the current issue to help you in your research. The website is really easy to use and has been designed with researchers in mind. Content has been organised into 13 easy to browse subject collections with interlinking throughout, PDF previews and different search options.

 

454 journals are included in the BioMedical and Life Sciences subject collection, covering evolutionary and developmental biology, plant sciences, ecology and zoology and much more. The Earth and Environment Sciences subject collection is another area of special interest to the work of the museum. Subjects covered include climate change, nature conservation mineralogy, paleontology and oceanography.

 

For researchers interested in science education and teaching there are a number of titles in the Humanities collection and if your interest is in museum, archive or library studies a Library Science sub-collection within humanities has some useful content.

 

This resource is available free of charge to library users here in the library at the museum, all you need to do is book an appointment to come in and register with us. Abstracts are free to all wherever you are. If you'd like to know more or arrange an introductory session leave a comment or email me at digital-library@nhm.ac.uk

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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Jan 31, 2011

Here are the recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles). Have you made an appointment to come and talk to us yet? 

 

Also, check out the sparkling and new Images of Nature gallery, free to visit in the Blue Zone.

 


Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

Lake District mountain landforms / Peter Wilson
Lancaster [England] : Scotforth Books, 2010

 

A catalogue of the collection of Cambrian and Silurian fossils, contained in the Geolological Museum of the University of Cambridge / by J.W. Salter ; with a preface by Adam Sedgwick and a table of genera and index added by John Morris.
Cambridge : University Press, 2010

 

An empirical synthetic pattern study of gars (Lepisosteiformes) and closely related species, based mostly on skeletal anatomy. The resurrection of Holostei / Lance Grande
Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2010

 

Botany

 

Wild flowers of Greece / text by Kit Tan and Arne Strid ; colour plates by Niki A. Goulandris.
Kifissia, Greece : The Goulandris Natural History Mueum, 2009.

 

Bryophyte ecology and climate change / [edited by] Zoltán Tuba, Nancy G. Slack, Lloyd R. Stark.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

 

Flora Zambesiaca. Volume 13. Part 4, Xyridaceae, Eriocaulaceae, Typhaceae, Restionaceae, Flagellariaceae, Juncaceae, Musaceae, Strelitziaceae, Costaceae, Zingiberaceae, Cannaceae, Marantaceae / edited by Jonathan Timberlake.
Richmond : Kew, 2010.

 

Flora Zambesiaca. Volume 13. Part 2, Eriospermaceae, Dracaenaceae, Arecaceae (Palmae), Pontederiaceae, Bromeliaceae, Mayacaceae / edited by Jonathan Timberlake.
Richmond : Kew, 2010.

 

A new atlas of the Kent flora / Eric G. Philp
Kent : Kent Field Club, 2010.

 

Index to chromosome numbers of Chinese Pteridophyta (1969-2009) / edited by Cheng Xiao & Zhang Shou-Zhou.
Shenzhen, China : Fairylake Botanical Garden, 2010.

 

Flora of tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2) / by Iain Darbyshire, Kaj Vollesen and Ensermu Kelbessa ; editor : H. J. Beentje
Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, 2010.

 

 

Entomology

 

Insect biodiversity : science and society / Foottit, Robert George
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

 

Norges sommerfugler : Hånbok over Norges dagsommerfugler og nattsvermere / Aarvik, Leif
Apollo Books, 2009

 

Gallenboek :  overzicht van door dieren en planten veroorzaakte Nederlandse gallen / van Leeuwen, Willem Marius Docters
Zeist : KNNV Uitgeverij, 2009

 

Wasps of Surrey / Baldock, David W.
Woking : Surrey Wildlife Trust, 2010

 


General

 

The species seekers : heroes, fools, and the mad pursuit of life on Earth / Richard Conniff.
New York : W.W. Norton, c2011.

 

The single helix : a turn around the world of science / Steve Jones.
London : Abacus, 2006.

 

The economics of ecosystems & biodiversity : report for business : executive summary / [Joshua Bishop ... [et al.]]
[Bonn : TEEB, 2010.

 

Marine environment and resources of Abu Dhabi / edited by Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam.
Abu Dhabi : Environment Agency--Abu Dhabi, c2007.

 

Secrets of nature [videorecording] : pioneering natural history films / British Instructional Films.
[London] : British Film Institute, c2010.

 


Mineralogy

 

Field guide to stiperstones mines / edited by Adrian Pearce
Shropshire Mines Trust, 2010

 

The Cambridge handbook of earth science data / Paul Henderson, Gideon M. Henderson.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

 


Ornithology (Tring)

 

The birds of Thorne Moors: an annotated checklist / by Bryan P. Wainwright
Doncaster : Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum, 2009.

 


Zoology

 

Pitanie presnovodnykh bespozvonochnykh / A. V. Monakov
Moskva : Institut Problem Ekologii i Evoliutsii im. A. N. Severtsov, RAN, 1998.

 

Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest : tracking and identifying mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates / David Moskowitz.
Portland : Timber Press, 2010.

 

Opredelitel' lichinok krabov infraotriada Brachyura severo-zapadnoí chasti Iaponskogo Moria = Illustrayed [sic] key for the identification of brachyuran larvae in the northwestern Sea of Japan / E. S. Kornienko and O. M. Korn
Vladivostock : Dalnauka, 2010.

 

Shrimps and crabs of Kume Island, Okinawa / Kawamoto Tsuyoshi & Okuno Junji.
Tokyo : Hankyu Komyunikeshonzu, 2003

 

Fish defences. Volume 2 , Pathogens, parasites and predators / editors, Giacomo Zaccone ... [et al.].
Enfield, N.H. : Science, 2009.

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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Jan 27, 2011
Here are the newest additions to the Library.  Please see our online catalogue for more details on these items and many more. 

Anthropology /  Palaeontology

David  Attenborough 's First life : a journey back in time by Matt Kaplan with Josh  Young ; introduction by David Attenborough.

London : Collins,  2010


Dinosaurs  : a field guide / by Gregory  S. Paul

London : A. & C. Black,  2010

 

Botany

The  diatoms : applications for the environmental and earth sciences / edited by John P. Smol,  Eugene F. Stoermer.

2nd edition

New  York :  Cambridge  University Press,  2010.


An  introduction to plant structure and development : plant anatomy for the  twenty-first century / Charles B.  Beck.

2nd edition

Cambridge, UK ; New York :  Cambridge  University Press,  2010.


The  flora of county Tyrone / Ian McNeill ; with the  assistance of Paul Hackney.

Holywood, Co. Down : National Museums Northern Ireland,  2010.


A  natural history of the New World : the ecology and evolution of plants in the  Americas / Alan  Graham.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press,  2011.


The  wild plants of Antigua and  Barbuda : an illustrated field guide to the  native and naturalised vascular plants / [principal authors]  Christopher Pratt, Kevel Lindsay ; [collaborators] Melanie Pearson, Carolyn  Thomas ; with a foreword by Baldwin Spencer and Yasmin  Baksh-Comeau.

St.  John's,  Antigua : EAG,  2009.


Flowering  plants of India. Dicotyledons : Volume 1,  (Acanthaceae - Avicenniaceae) / S. Karthikeyan, M. Sanjappa  & S. Moorthy

Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India,  2009.

                        

Entomology

Lepidoptera  (Gelechiidae and Lecithoceridae) / Park,  Kyu-Tek

Suwon, Korea : National Institute of Agricultural Science  and Technology, 2004


Bemisia :  Bionomics and Management of a Global Pest / Stansly, Philip  A

Dordrecht : Springer,  2010


Noctuidae  Sibiricae Vol.2, Micronoctuidae, Noctuidae; Rivulinae – Agaristinae  / Kononenko, Vladimir  Stepanovich

Sorø, Denmark : Entomological Press,  2010


Butterflies  of the world = Schmetterlinge der Erde. Pt. 33, Nymphalidae 18, Morpho 2 / Schaeffler, Oliver  Adam

Keltern : Goecke & Evers ;  2010


Genera of  Indian butterflies / Varshney, Rajendra  Kumar

New  Delhi :  Nature books Indial, 2010


General

Evolution  : the molecular landscape /  meeting organized by Bruce Stillman, David Stewart, Jan Witkowski ; Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor : CSH Press,  2009


Terrestrial  environment of Abu Dhabi Emirate / [authors: Abdulrahman Alsharhan ... [et  al.] ; editor: Richard J. Perry].

Abu  Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates :  Environment Agency--Abu  Dhabi, c2008.


Biodiversity  and responsible consumption : Mesoamerican Biological Corridor - Mexico  / Fulvio Eccardi; [English  translation: Suzanne D. Stephens].

México, D.F : CONABIO,  2008.


Mexico : capacities for  conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity / [project coordination: Irene Pisanty ;  assistants: Rafael Pompa, Alejandra Martínez Berdeja, Elizeth  Escamilla].

México, D.F. : CONABIO : PNUD México,  [2009]


Medienberichte zur Ausstellung James Cook und  die Entdeckung der Südsee

[S.l. : s.n.,  2010.]


Mineralogy

St  Petersburg : a history in  stone / A.G. Bulakh, N.B.  Abakumova, J.V. Romanovsky.

St  Petersburg :  St Petersburg  University Press,  2010


Metalliferous  ore deposits of Bolivia /  Osvaldo R. Arce Burgoa

La Paz, Bolivia : [s.n.], 2009. (SPC Impresores, S.A.)


Turquoise  : the world story of a fascinating gemstone / Joe Dan Lowry and Joe P.  Lowry

Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith,  2010


Ornithology  (Tring)

The American Bird Conservancy guide to bird  conservation / Daniel J. Lebbin, Michael J. Parr, and George H.  Fenwick.

Chicago : University of Chicago  Press,  c2010.


Checklist of the birds of Peninsular  Malaysia / MNS Bird Conservation  Council

Kuala  Lumpur:  Malaysian Nature Society, 2010.


A complete guide to the birds of  Malta / Natalino  Fenech.

Valletta, Malta : Midsea Books,  2010.


The hen harrier : in the shadow of Slemish / Don  Scott.

Dunbeath, Caithness : Whittles,  2010.


Shorebird ecology, conservation, and management  / Mark A. Colwell.

Berkeley : University of California  Press,  c2010.


Zoology

Encyclopedia  of flora and fauna of Bangladesh. Volume 24, Marine  fishes / Zia Uddin Ahmed  (Ed.)

Dhaka : Asiatic Society of Bangladesh,  2009.


Reproductive  biology and early life history of fishes in the Ohio  River drainage. Vol. 6, Elassomatidae and Centrarchidae [electronic  resource] / Robert Wallus,  Thomas P. Simon.

Boca  Raton,  : CRC Press,  2008.


Manuales  de Mastozoologia : manual de campo para un sondeo de rata de agua (<Arvicola  sapidus>) / Jacinto  Roman

Málaga : SECEM,  2010.


Pisor's  registry of world record size shells : [over 11 5000 listings] / Donald L. Pisor ; comp. by Conchology, Inc.  ; reworked by and with an introduction by  Guido T.  Poppe

Hackenheim ConchBooks  2008.


Shi jie  tou zu lei / Chen Xinjun, Liu  Bilin, Wang Yaogeng

Beijing : Hai yang chu ban she,  2009.


Annotated  and illustrated catalogue of recent Cancellariidae / Jens  Hemmen.

Wiesbaden : Hemmen,  2007.


Encyclopedia  of flora and fauna of Bangladesh. Volume 17, Molluscs / Zia Uddin Ahmed  (Ed)

Dhaka : Asiatic Society of Bangladesh,  2007.


Protozoa  and human disease / Mark F.  Wiser.

New  York : Garland Science,  2011.

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Megatherium, the skeleton of the giant sloth

 

It is always a pleasure when the Library has an opportunity to bring out some of the more unusual material from it's collections. We have just had a behind the scenes visit from the NHM Members, and on this occasion our largest piece of artwork was the centre of attention.


Megatherium by the artist George Johann Scharf (1788-1860) measures 2.46m x 5.7m. It was commissioned by Professor Richard Owen (1804-1892), the renowned comparative anatomist, zoologist, palaeontologist, lecturer and first superintendent of the Natural History Museum.

 

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The giant ground sloth of South America had been known since the end of the 18th century. It existed during the Pleistocene, between 1.8 million and 11,000 years ago, and appears to have died out, not because of change in climate, but because of the actions of humans. It had long shaggy fur, foot long claws and long arms. It was huge - as big as an elephant, and was originally thought to be a quadruped. It was first described by the famous French comparative anatomist Baron Georges Cuvier in 1796, on the basis of drawings of a mounted skeleton sent to him from Madrid. This skeleton had been brought over from the Spanish colonies in South America in 1785. After that, the remains of this gigantic sloth were avidly sought after by museums all around the world.


The Natural History Museum (then part of the British Museum) purchased Megatherium material in 1845. It had been collected from Lujan, near Buenos Aires, in Argentina in 1837. Meanwhile, the Royal College of Surgeons had Megatherium bones in their collection from the bed of the Rio Salada, south of Buenos Aires.


The watercolour held in the Library collections is likely to have been produced for purely scientific purposes rather than for display. Putting down on paper a reconstruction, using the information they had at the time, would have facilitated further debate and discussion. The image is in two tones. It is believed that the sandy colour denotes those specimens that Owen had to work with at the time, and the grey areas show those parts of the animal that were missing, with therefore assumptions being made. It was originally in one piece

 

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It was Richard Owen and Reverend Dr. William Buckland (1784-1856) who realised that it could not possibly have been a quadruped, that in fact it reared up on its massive legs, pulling down branches of trees to feed its great bulk. In 1849 plaster casts of bones from both collections were put together to form a composite skeleton. A small number of missing bones were modelled to fit: mainly ribs and vertebrae. The skeleton was mounted in the manner suggested by Owen and Buckland. The original Madrid specimen had been mounted on all fours like an elephant.


The huge cast of Megatherium is currently on display at the end of the NHM's Marine Fossil Reptiles gallery, and has been on constant display since the museum opened in 1881.

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As a result of it's enormous size and delicate nature, we do not bring out this treasured piece of artwork very often. I would encourage you to become an NHM Member and to sign up for the array of events they offer.


For more information visit the Members section on the NHM website.

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The Library will be closed for a stock audit.

 

Monday 14th - Friday 18th February 2011

 

We will reopen on Monday 21st February as usual.

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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Jan 19, 2011
Here are the newest additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in  the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles).  Check our website for the latest Library news, to discover how to make an appointment, and links to our catalogues for these and other titles.

Anthropology  / Palaeontology

Cenozoic  mammals of Africa / edited by  Lars Werdelin and William Joseph Sanders.

Berkeley : University of California Press,  2010.

 

The  quaternary of Glen Roy and vicinity / edited by A.P. Palmer, J. J. Lowe & J.  Rose

London : Quaternary Research Association,  2008.

 

The  quaternary of the Solway Lowlands and Pennine  Escarpment / edited by  Stephen J. Livingstone, David J.A. Evans and Colm O  Cofaigh

London : Quaternary Research Association,  2010

 

The  Quaternary of Western Sutherland and adjacent areas / edited by Sven Lukas and Tom  Bradwell

London : Quaternary Research Association,  2010.

 

The  quaternary of northern East  Anglia / edited by I. Candy, J.R. Lee and A.M.  Harrison

London : Quaternary Research Association,  2008.

 

The  Quaternary of the Trent Valley and adjoining  regions / edited by T. S.  White

London : Quaternary Research Association,  2009.

Botany

Shorter wild flower walks in Dorset / Peter & Margaret Cramb.

Bridport : P. & M. Cramb, 2009.

 

Lichens  of the Namib Desert : a guide to their  identification / Volkmar  Wirth.

Göttingen : Klaus Hess Verlag ; Windhoek : Klaus Hess Publishers,  2010.


Mokhopodibni  Zhytomyrskoi oblasti / V.M. Virchenko, O.O.  Orlov.

Bryophytes of Zhytomyr region

Zhytomyr : PP "Ruta"; Vyd-vo "Volyn,"  2009.


Non-marine  algae of Africa : a bibliography (1799-2010) / Anatoliy Levanets, Leon van  Rensburg.

Potchefstroom : The Platinum Press,  2010.


Malaysia  plant red list : Peninsula Malaysian Dipterocarpaceae / L. S. L.  Chua ... [et al.].

Kepong, Selangor : Forest Research Institute Malaysia,  2010.


Natur  im Aquarell : Meisterwerke der Wiener Hofmaler Johann und Joseph  Knapp / Helga de Cuveland ; mit einem  Vorwort von Wilhelm Hornbostel und Gerbert Frodl sowie einem Geleitwort von Loki  Schmidt.

München ; New  York : Prestel,  2006.


Catálogo  de plantas e fungos do Brasil / [comitê organizador do  projecto e editores, Rafaela Campostrini Forzza ... et  al.].

Rio de Janiero : Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro : Andrea Jakobsson Estúdio,  2010.


 

Entomology

Scorpions of the World /  Stockman, R  & Ythier, E

NAP Editions  , 2010


Faune de  France 91 : Hemipteres, Aradidae, Piesmatidae et Dipsocoromorphes  Euro-Mediterraneens / Heiss, Ernst et  Pericart, Jean

Paris : Federation Francaise des Societes de  Sciences Naturelles, 2007


Faune de  France 92 : Hemipteres Reduviidae d’Europe Occidentale  / Putshkov, P V & Moulet,  P

Paris : Federation Francaise des Societes de  Sciences Naturelles, 2009


Les  papillons du Gabon / Vande  weghe, Gael R

Libreville : Wildlife Conservation Society ;  2010


Revision  of genera of the parasitic mite family Macronyssidae (Mesostigmata:  Dermanyssoidea) of the World / Radovsky, Frank J

West  Bloomfield, MI: Indira ; 2010


General

Letters  to Linnaeus / edited by  Sandra Knapp and Quentin Wheeler.

London : Linnean Society Of London,  2009.

 

Before  disenchantment : images of exotic animals and plants in the early modern  world / Peter  Mason.

London : Reaktion,  2009.


For the  love of nature : E.E. Gostelow's birds & flowers / Christobel  Mattingley.

Canberra : National Library of Australia,  c2010.


Cook's  Endeavour journal : the inside story / National Library of Australia.

Canberra : National Library of Australia,  2008.


Collaborative  research and development projects : a practical guide / Tom Harris ; foreword by Ray  Browne.

London : Springer,  2007.


Designing  a research project / Piet  Verschuren and Hans Doorewaard.

2nd ed. / rev.  and ed. by M.J. Mellion.

 

Mineralogy

Treated  diamonds / James E. Shigley,  editor.

Carlsbad, Calif. :  Gemological Institute of America,  2008.

Synthetic  diamonds / edited by James E.  Shigley.

Carlsbad, Calif. :  Gemological Institute of America,  2005.


Ornithology  (Tring)

Kakapo:  rescued from the brink of extinction / Alison Ballance

Nelson, N.Z. :  Craig Potton Pub., 2010.


Zoology

Reef  creature identification : Tropical Pacific / Paul Humann and Ned  Deloach

Jacksonville : New World  Publications, 2010.


Magnificent  books, manuscripts and drawings from the collection of Frederick, 2nd Lord  Hesketh . Part II, Audubon /  Sotheby's

London : Sotheby's,  2010


Hormones  and reproduction of vertebrates. Volume 1, Fishes / [edited by] David O. Norris, Kristin H.  Lopez.

Amsterdam : Academic Press,  2011.


Hormones  and reproduction of vertebrates. Volume 5, Mammals / [edited by] David O. Norris, Kristin H.  Lopez.

Amsterdam : Academic,  2010.


Handbook  of the mammals of South Asia : with special emphasis on India, Bhutan and  Bangladesh / N.C. Bahuguna  and Jayanta K. Mallick.

Dehradun :  Natraj Publishers, 2010.


Taiwan bei lei tu  jian / Lai  Yingyang

[Taipei : Owl],  2008.


Hormones  and reproduction of vertebrates. Volume 2, Amphibians / [edited by] David O. Norris, Kristin H.  Lopez.

Amsterdam : Academic Press/Elsevier,  2011.


Hormones  and reproduction of vertebrates. Volume 3, Reptiles / [edited by] David O. Norris, Kristin H.  Lopez.

Amsterdam : Academic Press/Elsevier,  2011.


Secrets  of the snake charmer : snakes in the 21st century / John Murphy

[S.l.] :  Iuniverse Inc, 2010.


Amphibians,  reptiles and turtles in Kansas / Joseph T. Collins, Suzanne L. Collins,  Travis W. Taggart ; with artwork by, Errol D. Hooper, Jr. ; photographs by,  Suzanne L. Collins.

Eagle Mountain : Eagle Mountain Publishing,  2010.


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Work for the new gallery is really gathering pace now and most recently Library staff along with one of our paper conservators have been condition reporting every piece that is to feature in the first rotation and undertaking any necessary preparatory work to ensure that the artwork can be displayed without causing any long term damage.
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Hinge removal
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Re-hinging in progress
The main task that needed to be performed, particularly on the larger pieces, was the re-hinging of the artwork to their museum board mounts. For many of the drawings a “V”hinge had been used and whilst this type of hinge has the benefit of being an invisible hinge (i.e. you cannot see it from the front), in the longer term and particularly if the artwork is being displayed upright, it does have the potential to become loose because of the weight and size of the object and cause the original V-hinge to pull away from the board.
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Completed new hinges
We therefore removed all such hinges and replaced them with “T” hinges of Japanese paper and adhered with wheat starch paste (as it is extremely important that any repairs or adjustments can be reversed without causing any damage in the future). Whilst a time consuming task, our efforts will certainly benefit the drawings and their preservation in the future.
Andrea Hart - Assistant Librarian
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Completed artwork
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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Jan 10, 2011

Here is a list of this week’s recently arrived additions to the Library collection. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to see any of the titles.

 

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

Gornyi Muzei [Mining Museum]
Sankt-Peterburg : First Russian Technical Educational Institution, 2008

Humans, environment and chronology of the late Glacial on the North European plain : proceedings of Workshop 14 (Commission XXXII "The Final Palaeolothic of the Great Plain/Le Paléolithique Final de la Grande Plaine Européenne") of the 15th U.I.S.P.P. Congress, Lisbon, September 2006 / Martin Street, Nick Barton, Thomas Terberger (eds.).
Mainz : Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, 2009

 

Mesolithic Europe / edited by Geoff Bailey and Penny Spikins
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010

 

Biominerals and fossils through time / by Jean-Pierre Cuif, Yannicke Dauphin, and James E. Sorauf.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

 


Botany

 

Field guide to the plants of East Sabah / R.P.J. de Kok and T.M.A. Utteridge.
Richmond, Surrey : Kew, 2010.

 

Georgiana Leake's wildflower album : Western Australia's first botanical artist / Margaret J. Love and Bryan R. Sherwood.
Cardigan : Forrest, 2010.

 

The lichen genus Rinodina (Ach.) Gray (Lecanoromycetidae, Physciaceae) in North America, north of Mexico / John W. Sheard.
Ottawa : NRC Research Press, 2010.

 

Kvetena : Ceské Republiky = [Flora of the Czech Republic]. 8 / editor : Jitka Stepánková.
Praha : Academia, 2010.

 

Analyzing lichen indicator data in the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program / Susan Will-Wolf.
Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, [2010]

 

Flora del Paraguay. 40, Lythraceae / por Reinilda Duré Rodas & Julián Molero Briones.
Geneve : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Geneve [etc.], 2010.

 

Peonies of the world : taxonomy and phytogeography / Hong De-Yuan ; in association with Pan Kai-Yu ... [et al.].
Richmond : Kew Pub. ; St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2010.

 

                      
Entomology

 

Handbook of zoology. Coleoptera, beetles Vol. 2, Morphology and systematics / Lawrence, John F
Berlin : Walter de Gruyter, 2010

 

Insetti della fauna italiana, Coleotteri Carabidi. I / Pesarini, Carlo
Milano : Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, 2010

 

The Palaearctic Chrysomelidae : identification keys, Vol.1 and 2/ Warchalowski, Andrzej
Warsaw : Natura optima dux Foundation ; 2010

 

Beiträge der Hymenopterologen-Tagung in Stuttgart / Krogman, Lars
DGaaE : Müncheberg ; 2010

 


General

 

Habitats of Wales : a comprehensive field survey, 1979-1997 / T.H. Blackstock ... [et al.].
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2010.

 

Adelante : wild orchids & beetles in Paraguay / Mitsugi Koyama ; [supervisor, Kohji Karasawa]. .
Kyoto : Koyama Toshiko, 2009.

 

A frozen field of dreams : science, strategy, and the Antarctic in Norway, Sweden, and the British Empire, 1912-1952 / Peder William Chellew Roberts
Thesis -- (PhD), Stanford University, 2010.

 

2010, Year of Biodiversity.
Ming magazine, (04, 2010), p. 022-064.

 

Discoveries of the census of marine life : making ocean life count / Paul V.R. Snelgrove.
Cambridge [etc.] : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

 

Sustainable economics for a digital planet : ensuring long-term access to digital information : final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.
[La Jolla, Calif. : Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, 2010]

 

Boyle : between God and science / Michael Hunter.
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2010.

 

Zoology

 

Sea-spiders (Pycnogonida) of the north-east Atlantic / Roger N. Bamber
Shrewsbury : Field Studies Council for The Linnean Society, 2010.

 

Fauna of Hebei, China : Amphibia, Reptilia and Mammalia / Wu Yuefeng ... [et al.]
Shijiazhuang : Hebei ke xue ji shu chu ban she (Hebei Science and Technology Publishing House), 2009

 

Hebei dong wu zhi, Jia ke lei / edited by Song Daxiang, Yang Siliang ; consultant : Liu Ruiyu
Shijiazhuang : Hebei ke xue ji shu chu ban she (Hebei Science and Technology Publishing House), 2009.

 

Eels at the edge : science, status, and conservation concerns / edited by John M. Casselman and David K. Cairns.
Bethesda : American Fisheries Society, 2009.

 

Development of non-teleost fishes / editors, Yvette W. Kunz, Carl A. Luer,  B.G. Kapoor.
Enfield : Science Publishers, 2009.

 

Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh. Vol. 23, Freshwater fishes / chief editor : Kamal Uddin Siddiqui
Dhaka : Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2007.

 

Changjian jingji touzulei caise tujian = colour illustrations of common economic cephalpods / Chen Xin Jun, Liu Bilin
[Beijing : Hai yang chu ban she], 2009.

 

Farmland molluscs from Zhejiang Province, China. Prosobranchia; (Archatogastropoda, Mesogastropoda) Pulmonata; (Stylommatophora)
Hang zhou : Hang zhou chu ban she, 2008.

 

Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh. Vol. 25, Amphibians and reptiles / chief editor: Zia Uddin Ahmed
Dhaka : Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2009.

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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Jan 4, 2011

Happy 2011! Below are the most recently arrived titles in the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room and the Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles.)  Have a look at the online catalogue from wherever you are to see records for these and other useful titles.  And, please don't hesitate to contact us to see how we might help with your research interests.

 


Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

The first human : the race to discover our earliest ancestors / Ann Gibbons.
New York : Anchor Books, 2006.

 

Bailiandong culture, a case study on Mesolithic culture / Guoxing Zhou.
Nanning : Guangxi ke xue ji shu chu ban she, 2007.

 

Botany

 

The great trees of London.
London : Time Out, 2010.

 

The wildflowers of Ireland : the habitat guide / by Carsten Krieger, Declan Doogue.
Dublin : Gill & Macmillan, 2010.

 

Karl Blossfeldt : the complete published work / [edited by] Hans Christian Adam.
Köln ; London : Taschen, 2008.

 

Algae of Australia : Phytoplankton of temperate coastal waters / G. M. Hallegraeff ... [et al.].
Collingwood, Vic. : Australian Biological Resources Study and CSIRO Publishing, 2010.

 

Lepanthes of Bolivia : systematics of Octomeria species north and west of Brazil : addenda: new species of Brachionidium, Lepanthes, Masdevallia, Octomeria, Playstele, Pleurothallopsis, and Porroglossum. CORRIGENDA / Carlyle A. Luer.
St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2010.

 


Entomology

 

Lepidoptera of North America. 9, Butterfly distribution and dispersion across the montane islands and drainages of the Chihuahuan Desert / Holland, Richard
Fort Collins : C. P. Gillette Museum of Anthropod Diversity, 2009

 

Izatha (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Oecophoridae) / Hoare, Robert J. B.
Canterbury, New Zealand : Mamaaki Whenua Press, 2010

 

Tvåvingar : Blomflugor, Diptera : Syrphidae : Eristalinae & Microdontinae : Denna volym omfatter samtliga nordiska arter / Bartsch, Hans
Uppsala : ArtDatabanken, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet ; 2009

 

Mapping risk from forest insects and diseases / Lewis, Joseph W.
[Washington] : United States, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 2002.

 

The bee genera and subgenera of sub-Saharan Africa / Eardley, Connal
Brussels : Belgian Development Cooperation, 2010

 

South African Red Data Book : butterflies / Henning, Graham A.
Pretoria : South African National Biodiversity Institute, 2009

 


General 

 

A naturalist's eye : twenty Somerset years / Philip Radford.
Taunton : Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, c2008.

 

A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores / Paulo A. V. Borges et al.
Principia Editora, Lda, 2010

 

First census of marine life 2010 : highlights of a decade of discovery / editors, Jesse H. Ausubel, Darlene Trew Crist, and Paul E. Waggoner.
Washington, D.C. : Census of Marine Life, c2010.

 

The vent and seep biota : aspects from microbes to ecosystems / Steffen Kiel, editor.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2010.

 

The natural history book : the ultimate visual guide to everything on Earth / [editors, Becky Alexander ... [et al.].
London : Dorling Kindersley, 2010.

 

One year on : evaluating the initial impact of the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL)
London : Research Information Network, 2010.

 


Zoology

 

Studies on Brachyura : a homage to Danièle Guinot / by Peter Castro ... [et al.] (editors).
Leiden : Koninklijke Brill NV, 2010.

 

Metazoan deep sea fish parasites / Institute of Zoomorphology, Cell Biology and Parasitology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Sven Klimpel ...
Solingen : Verl. Natur und Wiss., 2009.

 

Field guide to fishes of the Mekong delta.
Vientiane, Lao PDR : Mekong River Commission, 2008.

 

Dong bei di qu dan shui yu lei / Xie yu hao.
Shen yang : Liao ning ke xue ji zhu chu ban she, 2007.

 

Zhongguo te you jin xian ba yu shu lei : wu zhong duo yang xing, dong xue shi ying, xi tong yan hua he dong wu di li / Zhao Yahui, Zhang Chunguang
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2010.

 

Atlas der Säugetiere Sachsens : Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege / Silke Hauer, Hermann Ansorge, Ulrich Zöphel
Dresden : Zentraler Broschürenversand der Sächsischen Staatsregierung, 2009.

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By Sarah Sworder (Information Assistant)

 

The story behind Lithographiae Wirceburgensis and its accompanying objects is both comical and tragic.

 

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Johann Beringer (1667-1740) was a physician and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Wurzberg, Germany. He also collected natural curiosities and had a keen interest in the origins of fossils. Beringer was a victim of a calculated hoax designed to discredit him. The hoaxers succeeded in damaging not only Beringer’s reputation but also managed to destroy their own. Beringer employed three students to hunt for curiosities on his behalf. It was from Christian Zanger and brothers Niklaus and Valentin Hehn that Beringer came to acquire these ‘fake fossils’.

The hoaxers were two colleagues of Beringer: J. Ignats Roderick, a professor of geography and algebra at the University of Wurzburg, and the Honorouble Georg Von Eckhart, privy councillor and librarian to the Bishop’s Court and University. The reason Roderick and Eckhart devised the scheme was because Beringer was ‘so arrogant and despised them all’. It was via Beringer’s students that Roderick and Eckhart would ensure the safe delivery of the stones. Some of the fossils, carved out of limestone, were found by the Hehn brothers on Mount Eibelstadt, whilst others were given directly to Beringer by Zanger. Zanger had acquired these straight from Roderick who had carved them and then paid Zanger to polish them.

 

Beringer ‘wholly, publicly committed himself to the belief that fossils were merely the capricious fabrications of God, hidden in the earth by Him for some inscrutable purpose’, and as a result of this belief he went on to publish his book Lithographiae Wirceburgensis (1726).  Prior to the publication of the book the perpetrators of the hoax began to feel guilty, and attempted to sabotage the book’s publication by circulating rumours that the stones were fraudulent. Beringer dismissed these claims as he believed that Roderick and Eckhart were trying to rob him of his great discovery.

 

When you look at the fossils it is difficult to see how Beringer was so easily duped. The figures are of bizarre lizards, spiders with webs, even shooting stars and smiling amphibians. These were things that just do not seem possible to form so perfectly as fossils. Please see the photograph below of the casts held in The Natural History Museum Library to judge for yourself.

 

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Shortly after the publication of his book, Beringer discovered another so called fossil with his name carved into it. It suddenly struck him that it was all a hoax and he tried to buy back as many copies of his book as he could find. Beringer took the hoaxers to court in an attempt to restore his ‘lost honour’. The court ruled that the hoaxers Roderick and Zanger were to be banished from Wurzberg, and Eckhart lost his post and privileges of access to the archives of the Duchy. The Hehn brothers were pardoned from having any knowledge of the hoax. Beringer continued in his role at the University of Wurzberg and even went on to publish further books which received academic accreditation.

 

However, Beringer was devastated by the humiliation the stones had brought him, and he died penniless after continuing to buy up as many copies of Lithographiae Wirceburgensis as he possibly could.

 

Some of Beringer’s ‘Lying Stones’, as they became to be known, still exist today, and are housed at the University Museum, Oxford, as well as in Wurzburg.

 

References and further reading

Jahn, Melvin (1970), 'Beringer, Johann Bartholomaeus Adam', Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 2, New York, pp 15-16.

Mallot, John M (1982), 'Dr Beringer's fossils: a study in the evolution of scientific world view', Annals of Science, 39, London, pp 371-380

Pain, Stephani (2004), 'Histories: Johann Beringer and the magic stones', New Scientist, 25 December 2004, pp 74-75

Taylor, Paul (2004), 'Beringer's iconoliths: Palaeontological fraud in the early 18th century', The Linnean. 20, pp 21-31

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