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From 21 January 2011 you can marvel at some of the most beautiful, historic artworks and modern images of nature held by the Museum Library in our newly renovated gallery called Images of Nature.
As a reminder, the Library will be closed to external visitors from the 24 December - 3 January (inclusive).  Happy holidays to one and all.

New books

Posted by Rita Dockery Dec 20, 2010
Here are the recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room and the Botany Reading Room (for all Botany  titles). See records for these titles and more in our library catalogue, any time day or night from wherever you live and/or work.

Anthropology  / Palaeontology

I e II  Simpósios sobre a Bacia do Araripe e Bacias Interiores do Nordeste : realizados  em junho de 1990 e novembro de 1997 : comunicações / editores, Luiz  marivando Barros, Plácido Cidade Nuvens, José Betimar melo  Filgueira.

Crato-CE : Tipogresso,  2001.


Das  verschwundene Meer [Fossilienwelt Weinviertel ; eine Publikation des  Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien in Kooperation mit der Geologischen  Bundesanstalt Wien] Mathias Harzhauser ; Wolfgang Sovis ; Andreas  Kroh

Wien  Naturhistorisches Museum 2009


The  transantarctic mountains : rocks, ice, meteorites and water / Gunter Faure and Teresa M  Mensing

London: Springer-Verlag,  2010.



Kleiner  Pflanzenführer für den paraguayischen Chaco = Una guía para plantas nativas del  Chaco Paraguayo / Hrsg.: Iniciativa para la  investigación y transferencia de tecnología agraria sostenible (INTTAS), Loma  Plata. Christine Ulmke ; Lily August. Fotogr.: Christine Ulmke  ...

Herborn :  Fachverl. Uniglobia, 2004.


Unrunde'y,  Schlorrekaktus, Pehen : una guía para plantas leñosas del  Chaco / Verena Friesen Ratzlaff. Rev.  Levi Hiebert Funk ... [Ed.: Iniciativa para la investigación y transferencia de  tecnología agraria sostenible (INTTAS), Loma  Plata].

Herborn ;  Fröndenberg : Fachverl. Uniglobia, 2004.


Plantas  medicinales de tres áreas silvestres protegidas y su zona de influencia en el  sureste de Paraguay / María Vera Jiménez ; edicion,  María Vera Jiménez ... [et al.].

Asunción, Paraguay : Fundación Moisés Bertoni,  para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, 2009.


Impressions  of nature : a history of nature printing /  Roderick  Cave.

London : British Library ; New York, NY : Mark Batty  Publisher ; London : Thames & Hudson [distributor],  2010.


Algues  de Roscoff / Susan Loiseaux-de Goër,  Marie-Claude Noailles.

Roscoff : Éd.  de la Station biologique de Roscoff, 2008 Cloître  impr.)




Checklist  of Ohio  butterflies : a field companion/report form / Parshall, David  K

[Columbus, Ohio] :  Ohio  Lepidopterists, 2009


Imenotteri  d'Italia : Sapygidae, Scoliidae, Methochidae, Mutiliidae, Bradynobaenidae  [Electronic Ressource] / Tassi, Franco

Torino : Museo Regionale di  Scienze Naturali and others, 2008


The  beetles/ Ming plus [Max  Barclay]

[China]  : Ming, 2010


International  Symposium on Zygaenidae XII, 5-9 May 2010, Hatay, Turkey : scientific programme and  abstracts / International  Symposium on Zygaenidae (12th : 5-9 May 2010 :  Hatay)

Hatay  : Mustafa  Kemal University,  2010


Big bugs  life-size  / George  Beccaloni

London : Natural History Museum, 2010


6th  International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies : program and abstracts / International Conference on the Biology of  Butterflies (6th ; 2010 ; University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)

Edmonton, Alberta : Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, 2010



Charles  Darwin [on the origin of species]

[Taipei, Taiwan : s.n.],  1988


Super  species : the creatures that will dominate the planet / Garry  Hamilton.

Richmond  Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books,  2010.


The  flexible phenotype : a body-centred integration of ecology, physiology, and  behaviour / Theunis Piersma, Jan A. van  Gils.

Oxford : Oxford University Press,  2010.


Photoperiodism  : the biological calendar / edited by Randy J. Nelson, David L.  Denlinger, David E. Somers.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press,  2010.


Wytham  Woods : Oxford's  ecological laboratory / editors, P.S. Savill ... [et  al.].

Oxford [England] : New York : Oxford University Press,  c2010.


Adobe  Photoshop CS5 for photographers : a professional image editor's guide to the  creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC / Martin  Evening.

Amsterdam ; Boston : Focal  Press/Elsevier, 2010.


Light :  science and magic : an introduction to photographic  lighting / Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul  Fuqua.

Oxford : Focal,  2007.




The  dissection of vertebrates : a laboratory manual / Gerardo De  Iuliis.

Amsterdam : Academic Press,  2010.


Zhongguo  Chang Jiang San Xia dong wu da quan = Encyclopedia of animals in three gorges of  Yangtze River of China / Liu Xianxin zhu  bian.

Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she,  2010.


Upside  down world : early European impressions of Australia's curious  animals / Penny Olsen.

Canberra : National Library of  Australia,  2010.


Coral  reefs : biology, threats and restoration / Thomas B. Davin and  Anna P. Brannet, editors.

New  York : Nova Science Publishers,  2009.


Mammal  teeth : origin, evolution, and diversity / Peter S.  Ungar.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press,  2010.


Whales,  dolphins and porpoises / Mark  Carwardine.

London : Dorling Kindersley,  2000.


Zhong guo  hai yang bei lei tu jian / Zhang Suping.

Bei  jing : Hai yang chu ban she, 2008.



New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Dec 13, 2010

New  books added to the Library  collection


Please find below a list of  this week’s 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).

Anthropology  / Palaeontology

Prehistory  of Sri Lanka: ancient history  of Sri Lanka, Indian  subcontinent, history of Sri  Lanka/ edited by Lambert M.  Surhone, Mariam T. Tennoe, Susan F. Henssonow

Betascript  Publishing, 2010.

How  humans evolved / Robert Boyd and Joan B  Silk

W. W. Norton  & Co, 2009

Cro-Magnon  : how the Ice Age gave birth to the first modern humans / Brian  Fagan.

New  York : Bloomsbury  Press, 2010.

Biodiversity  of fossils in amber from the major world deposits / edited by David  Penney.

Manchester : Siri Scientific  Press, 2010.

Dinosaur  sex / Michael  Brookfield.

London, England : Janus Pub.  Co., 2008.


Biology  of lichens : symbiosis, ecology, environmental monitoring, systematics and cyber  applications : selected papers related in part to the IAL 6 Symposium,  Asilomar, California 2008 / editors Thomas H. Nash ...  [et al.].

Stuttgart : Cramer in der  Gebr.-Borntraeger-Verl.-Buchh, 2010.

The  family Eriocaulaceae in India / R. Ansari,  N.P. Balakrishnan.

Rev.  ed.

Dehra  Dun : Bishen  Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2009.

Seasearch  Guide to seaweeds of Britain and Ireland / Francis StP. D. Bunker,  Juliet A. Brodie, Christine A. Maggs and Anne R.  Bunker

Ross-on-Wye :  Marine Conservation Society, 2010.

Art  forms in the plant world : 120 full-page photographs / Karl Blossfeldt ; with an  introduction by Karl Nierendorf.

New  York : Dover Publications,  1985.

Natural  art forms : 120 classic photographs / Karl  Blossfeldt.

Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications,  1998.



Minimorum  animalium theatrum / Carotti, Giovanni

Trento : Temi,  2010

Spiders  of New  Zealand : annotated family key & species  list / Paquin,  Pierre

Lincoln, N.Z. :  Manaaki Whenua Press , 2010

A review  of Culicoides subgenus <Avaritia> species (Insecta, Diptera,  Ceratopogonidae), vectors of viruses of sheep, cattle and horses, with  particular reference to <Culicoides imicola> in Europe and the Mediterranean  region / Boorman, John

London : Natural History Museum

Parasitic  ichneumonids on woodborers in China (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) / Sheng,  Maoling

Beijing : Science Press,  2010

Lepidoptera  of Nepal / Colin  Smith

Kathmandu : Himalayan Nature,  2010

Handbook  on butterflies of Himachal Pradesh / G.S. Arora, H.S.  Mehta, V.K. Walia


Kolkata :  Zoological Survey of India,  2009


Evolution  in action : case studies in adaptive radiation, speciation and the origin of  biodiversity / Matthias Glaubrecht, editor ; in  cooperation with Harald Schneider.

Heidelberg ; New York : Springer,  c2010.

The book  of nature : the natural heritage according to UNESCO.

München, Germany : Monaco  Books, c2009.

Science  exhibitions : communication and evaluation / [edited by]  Anastasia Filippoupoliti.

Edinburgh : MuseumsEtc.,  2010.

Natural  selection and beyond : the intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel  Wallace / edited by Charles H. Smith and  George  Beccaloni.

Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press,  2010.

Doctor by  nature : JonathanCouch, surgeon of Polperro / Jeremy Rowett  Johns.

Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire :  Polperro Heritage Press, 2010.



Sistema  "Planeta Zemlia" : 300 [trista] let so dnia rozhdeniia M. V. Lomonosova, 1711 –  2011

Moskva : URSS ;  [LENAND], 2010


Ornithology  (Tring)

Birds of  Ceredigion / Hywel Roderick, Peter Davis ; photographic editor: Michael  Hayward.

[Bridgend] :  Olga Roderick and Peter Davis, 2010.

Ecology  of the birds of Hong Kong / contributors, John A. Allcock ... [et al.] ;  editors, Captain, L.C. Wong, Vicky, W.Y. Lam, Gary, W.J.  Ades.

Hong  Kong : Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden,  [2009]

Field  guide to the birds of Ghana / by Nik Borrow, Ron  Demey.

London : Christopher Helm,  2010.

Handbook  of the birds of the world. Volume 15, Weavers to New  World Warblers / [edited by] Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott,  David Christie ; [writers]: Vladimir Arkhipov ... [et al.] ; colour plates by  Norman Arlott [et al.].

Barcelona : Lynx Edicions,  c2010.

The  Oxford dodo: the sad story of the ungainly bird  that became an Oxford icon / text by Jane  Pickering, with additions by Keith Thomson and Georgina  Ferry

Oxford: Oxford University Museum of Natural History,  2010.

Reed and  bush warblers / by Peter Kennerley and David Pearson.  illustrated by Brian Small

London : Christopher Helm,  2010.

Safari  sketchbook : a bird painter's African odyssey / Martin  Woodcock.

Wiveton : Esker  Press,  2010.




Manual of  diagnostic tests and vaccines for terrestrial animals : mammals, birds and  bees / World Organisation for Animal  Health.

Paris : Office  international des épizooties, 2004.

Local  mammals / Marion L. M.  Bryce

Long Eaton :  Long Eaton Natural History Society, 2010.

The book  of shells / by Jerry Harasewych, Fabio  Moretzsohn.

London : A. & C. Black,  2010.

Structures  and organelles in pathogenic protists / editor: Wanderley  de Souza

Heidelberg : Springer,  2010

Sand  Lizard and Natterjack Toad Recovery Project 2007-2009 / Herpetological  Conservation Trust ; nominated officer : E.A. Howe

Bangor : Countryside Council  for Wales,  2009.


Preparation is in full swing for a new travelling exhibition.


The Scott Exhibition opens first in Sydney's Australian National Maritime Museum in 17 June - 23 October 2011, it comes to the Natural History Museum during 14 January - 2 September 2012, then moves to the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand in 16 November 2012 - 30 June 2013.


For more information visit the NHM website


The Library is often used as the setting for interviews and this time it was the turn of Dr Max Jones Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Such footage will form part of the exhibition.


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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Dec 8, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room and the Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles).  Please let us know if you would like to make an appointment to see these or any other items.  We might also be able to help you plan your natural history research.


Anthropology / Palaeontology

Catalogue of the type fossils in the Woodwardian Museum Cambridge / Henry Woods.
Cambridge : University Press, 2010.


Evolution of earth and its climate : birth, life and death or earth / O. G. Sorokhtin. G. V. Chilingarian, and  N. O. Sorokhtin
Elsevier, 2010.


Geoscience data and collections : national resources in peril / Committee on the Preservation of Geoscience Data and Collections, Committee on Earth Resources, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2002.


The human evolution coloring book / by Adrienne L. Zihlman ; principal illustrations by Carla J. Simmons.
New York : HarperResource, 2000.


Smithsonian intimate guide to human origins / Carl Zimmer.
[Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York, NY : Collins, 2005.


The 10,000 year explosion : how civilizatin accelerated human evolution / Gregory Cochran and  Henry Harpending.
New York : BasicBooks ; London : Perseus Running [distributor], 2010.




Flora of tropical East Africa. Cyperaceae / edited by H.J. Beentje and S.A. Ghazanfar.
Richmond : Published on behalf of the East African governments by Royal Botanic Gardens, 2010.


Flore du Gabon. Vol. 41, Anthericaceae, Burmanniaceae, Colchiceae, Crassulaceae, Dipterocarpaceae, Lemnaceae, Pittosporaceae, Rosaceae, Ternstroemiaceae, Thismiaceae, Triuridaceae / comité de réd.: Marc S. M. Sosef ... [et al.].
Weikersheim : Margraf Publishers, 2010.


Stereum s.l. / Arthur L. Welden.
Bronx, NY : Published for the Organization for Flora Neotropica by the New York Botanical Garden Press, 2010.


The flora of Loton Deer Park : an annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Loton Deer Park, based on fieldwork conducted by the Biodiversity Training Project, with the Shropshire Botanical Society in 2010 / by Mark Duffell
[Shropshire] : Shropshire Botanical Society, 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]




Fire ecology in Rocky Mountain landscapes / William L. Baker.
Washington, DC : Island Press, c2009.


All flesh is grass : plant-animal interrelationships / edited by Joseph Seckbach and Zvy Dubinsky
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2011 [i.e. 2010]


Aspectos conceptuales, análisis numérico, monitoreo y publicación de datos sobre biodiversidad / Antonio Mijail Pérez.
Managua : Gobierno de la República de Nicaragua, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2004.


An audit of alien species in Scotland / D. Welch ... [et al.]
Battleby, Perth : Scottish Natural Heritage, 2001.


Atlas of the deep-water seabed : Ireland / Boris Dorschel ... [et al.].
Dordrecht [etc.] : Springer, cop. 2010.


Darwin in Galápagos : footsteps to a new world / K. Thalia Grant and Gregory B. Estes.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2009.




Amber: tears of the gods / Neil D. L. Clark
Dunedin Academic Press Ltd, 2010.


Mineral Observer : mineral news from Russia and beyond / edited by Boris Z. Kantor ....[et al.]
Moscow : Ocean Pictures Ltd, 2010.




Le tegnùe dell'Alto Adriatico : valorizzazione della risorsa marina attraverso lo studio di aree di pregio ambientale / Elisa Andreoli ... [et al.]
Venezia : Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia ; Padova : ARPAV, 2010.


Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh, Vol. 27. Mammals / Zia Uddin Ahmed (Ed)
Nimtali : Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, 2009


Protecting marine mammals / Marielle de Vries, editor.
New York : Nova Science, 2010.


Compendium of bivalves / Markus Huber
Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2010.


Australian land snails. Volume 1, A field guide to eastern Australian species / John Stanisic ... [et al.]
Mauritius : Bioculture Press for the Australian Museum, 2010.


Pictorial guide to the amphibians of North East India / Rosamma Mathew and Nibedita Sen ; edited by the Director, Zoological Survey of India.
Kolkata : Zoological Survey of India, 2010.


The Library will be closed to visitors from 24th December 2010 - 3rd January 2011 (inclusive).


We will reopen as usual on Tuesday 4th January 2011.


May we take this opportunity to wish our readers a Happy Christmas and New Year.


We look forward to seeing you in 2011.



Erythacus rubecula, European robin by Henry Leonard Meyer (Image no. 041207)


New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Nov 29, 2010

It's that time of the week again!  Here are the latest 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).  Please let us know if you'd like to visit to see these or other titles.


Anthropology / Palaeontology


Approche taphonomique des restes humains : le cas des Mésolithiques de la grotte des Perrats et le problème du cannibalisme en préhistoire récente européenne / Bruno Boulestin.
Oxford : Archaeopress, 1999.


Comparative dental morphology : selected papers of the 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology, August 27-30, 2008, Greifswald, Germany / volume editors, T. Koppe, G. Meyer, K.W. Alt ; co-editors, A. Brook ... [et al.].
Basel [Switzerland] ; New York : Karger, 2009.


The anatomy and biology of the human skeleton / D. Gentry Steele and Claud A. Bramblett
Texas A & M University Press, 2007.


Juvenile osteology : a laboratory and field manual / Maureen C. Schaefer, Sue Black, Louise Scheuer ; illustrations by Angela Christie.
London : Academic, 2009.


Der Keuper im Westteil des Zentraleuropäischen Beckens (Deutschland, Niederlande, England, Dänemark) : diskontinuierliche Sedimentation, Litho-, Zyklo- und Sequenzstratigraphie (Dissertation) / von Jens Barnasch
Halle (Saale) : SDGG, 2010.


Geotop 2009 : Geotope und internationale Zusammenarbeit = Geotopy i wspólpraca miedzynarodowa / Manfred Kupetz & Thomas Kockert (Hrsg.)
Halle (Saale) : SDGG, 2010.


GeoDarmstadt2010 : Geowissenschaften sichern Zukunft = Geosciences secure the future / Andreas Hoppe, Heinz-Gerd Röhling & Christoph Schüth (eds.)
Hannover : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2010




Guide des espèces ligneuses de la Casamance (Sénégal) / Joris De Wolf & Patrick Van Damm ; Hans Beeckman, éd.
Tervuren : Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, cop. 2010.


Lishainiki v ekologicheskom monitoringe / L. G. Biazrov
Lichens in ecological monitoring
Moskva : Nauchnyi Mir, 2002.


Indian lichens : an annotated checklist / K.P. Singh and G.P. Sinha.
Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India, 2010.


Flora of Peninsular Malaysia. Series 1 : ferns and lycophytes, Volume 1 / edited by B.S. Parris ... [et al.].
Kuala Lumpur : Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 2010.




Phylogenetic systematics and historical biogeography of Malesian Calicnemiine damselflies (Odonata, Platycnemididae) / Dirk Gassman
Leiden : [s.n.], [2005]


Damselfly genera of the New World : an illustrated and annotated key to the Zygoptera / Rosser W. Garrison, Natalia von Ellenrieder and Jerry A Louton
Baltimore : John Hopkins University Press, 2010


Mantids of the Euro-Mediterranean area / Roberto Battiston ...[et al.]
Verona : World Biodiversity Association, 2010


The butterflies of Altai, Sayans and Tuva (South Siberia) / Vadim V. Tshikolovets, Roman V. Yakovlev, Oleg E. Kosterin
Kyiv ; Pardubice : V.V. Tshikolovets, 2009


The butterflies of Mongolia / Vadim V. Tshikolovets, Roman V. Yakovlev, Zsolt Bálint
Kyiv : Pardubice, 2009




Materials and medicine : trade, conquest and therapeutics in the eighteenth century / Pratik Chakrabarti.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2010.


Evolutionary naturalism in Victorian Britain : the 'Darwinians' and their critics / Bernard Lightman.
Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate/Variorum, c2009.


Woodcock Bog Research Natural Area : guidebook supplement 40 / Reid Schuller, Susan J. Fritts, Mark Mousseaux.
Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, [2010]


Life in the Mid Atlantic : an exploration of marine life and environment in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean from the sea surface to the sea bed / Peter Boyle.
[Bergen] : Bergen Museum, University of Bergen, 2009.


L'archivio di Odoardo Beccari : indagini naturalistiche tra fine '800 e inizio '900 / a cura di Beatrice Biagioli.
Firenze, Italy : Firenze University Press, 2008.


Up to the Sky : an exhibition of Hu Yun / text, Karen Smith
Beijing : Magician Space, 2010




Cosmochemistry / Harry Y. McSween, Jr., Gary R. Huss.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Magmatic sulfide deposits : geology, geochemistry and exploration / Anthony J. Naldrett.
Berlin : Springer, 2004.


Ornithology (Tring)


Bird feathers : a guide to North American species / S. David Scott and Casey McFarland.
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2010.


Breeding birds of the United Arab Emirates / Simon Aspinall
Abu Dhabi: Environmental Agency, 2010.


In defence of Andries Hoogerwerf (1906-1977) / by G. F. Mees
Busselton, W. A. : G. F. Mees, 2010


Systematic notes on Asian Birds 2010: exploring the taxonomy and nomenclature of the birds of a broadly defined Oriental Realm. Numbers 68-77. (A continuation of the Leiden series) / Edited by David R. Wells
Peterborough: British Ornithologists' Club


Die Vögel des Kreises Viersen / Klaus Hubatsch, unter besonderer Mitarbeit von Helmut P. Klein ... [et al.]; mit einem Beitrag. von Herbert Hubatsch;  [Red.: Hans-Eckart Joachim].
Bergheim : Gesellschaft Rheinischer Ornithologen, 1996.





Die Haselmaus <Muscardinus avellanarius>/ Rimvydas Juškaitis ; Sven Büchner.
Hohenwarsleben Westarp 2010.


Red squirrels : naturally Scottish / by Peter Lurz
Perth : Scottish Natural Heritage, 2010.


The way of the panda : the curious history of China's political animal / Henry Nicholls.
London : Profile, 2010.


Chameleons of Africa : an atlas : including the chameleons of Europe, the Middle East and Asia / Colin R. Tilbury.
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira , 2010.


African flapshell turtles : the genera <Cyclanorbis> and <Cycloderma> / Dieter Gramentz.
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira, 2008.


The natural history of amphibians and reptiles in Sabah / Robert F. Inger, Tan Fui Lian
Kota Kinabalu : Natural History Publications (Borneo), 2010.


William Hamilton and his passion for fire.


Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was an antiquarian, a great collector and vulcanologist. In 1761 he entered parliament as MP for Midhurst, Sussex and in August 1764 he was appointed envoy-extraordinary to the court of Ferdinand IV, in Naples. In between his formal duties Hamilton used his energies in and around Naples, collecting art, for which he had an insatiable love of.


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Shortly after his arrival Hamilton developed a great interest in volcanoes, 'earning a contemporary European reputation as the modern Pliny and the professor of earthquakes'. (DNB) At the time, volcanic activity and atmospheric electricity were thought to be connected and Hamilton owned electrical equipment as pioneered by Franklin. Mount Vesuvius erupted several times whilst he was in Italy, particularly in 1767, 1779 and 1794, and on each occasion he made careful observations. He collected rock and soil samples, sending back numerous specimens to London, a number of which survive in the collections here in the Natural History Museum. He used equipment such as a telescope and thermometer to make careful scientific field notes and would disseminate his findings to the scientific community. His work was among the earliest attempts to record systematically the changing shape of the summit of a volcano about to erupt.


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Campei Phlegræi is Hamilton's best known work and includes more than fifty spectacular hand-coloured illustrations. Pietro Fabris, an artist living in Naples was commissioned and trained by Hamilton to sketch the volcanoes of Southern Italy, eruptions, lightning and other natural phenomena. The two of them ascended Vesuvius twenty-two times in four years, often at great risk. As a result of its publication volcanoes became a popular subject in art and poetry and to warrant a visit as part of the grand tour. He would give tours round the volcanoes and at least one image depicts one such visit with royalty.


Sir William Hamilton's private life is best remembered for his second wife's (Lady Emma Hamilton) infamous affair with Lord Horatio Nelson.  Hamilton died in London on 6th April 1803, with Emma and Nelson at his side.


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New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Nov 22, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


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).  Let us know if you would like to make an appointment to see any of these items.



Anthropology / Palaeontology


Paleobase [CD ROM] : macrofossils part 3.0, Cnidarians, Echinoderms, Sponges and Problematica (including early Metazoa) / edited by Norman MacLeod
West Sussex: Pulished for the Natural History Museum by Wiley-Blackwell, 2010


Pleistocene geology, palaeontology and archaeology of the Soa Basin, Central Flores, Indonesia / edited by F. Aziz, M.J. Morwood and G.D. van den Bergh.
[Bandung, Indonesia] : Pusat Survei Geologi, Badan Geologi, Departemen Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral, 2008.


Geology of Peninsular Malaysia / edited by Charles S. Hutchison and Denis N.K. Tan.
Kuala Lumpur : University of Malaya : Geological Society of Malaysia, 2009.


Bangor : Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru, 2010.




The lichen flora of Svalbard / D.O. Øvstedal, T. Tønsberg & A. Elvebakk.
Oslo : Natural History Museums, University of Oslo, 2009.


Flora of Ecuador. 225(3), Orchidaceae : Genera Cyrtochiloides - Epibator / by Calaway H. Dodson and Carlyle A. Luer
Göteborg : Göteborg University. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, 2010.


Lichen biomonitors : factors affecting response behaviour / Rita Pinto Eliseu Mendes Godinho Velsoso.
Amsterdam : IOS Press, 2010.


Gradient analyses of forests ground vegetation and its relationships to environmental variables in five subtropical forest areas, S and SW China / H.Y. Liu ... [et al.].
Oslo : Natural History Museums, University of Oslo, 2008.


The Arabic plant names of Peter Forsskål's Flora Aegyptiaco-Arabica / by Philippe Provençal.
Copenhagen : Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2010.


Flora of Baramati / R.B. Bhagat, V.B. Shimpale, R.B. Deshmukh.
Tal.-Baramati, Dist.-Pune : Rani B. Bhagat, 2008.




Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 6, Chrysomeloidea / edited by I. Löbl and A. Smetana
Stenstrup : Apollo Books, 2010


Longhorn beetles of the Amazon. Vol.2 / Hisayasu Arai000040506
[s.l.] : [s.n.], 2008


The Chrysomelidae of Taiwan. 1, 001-100 / Chi-Feng Lee, Hsing-Tzung Cheng
Taiwan : [s.n.], [2010]


The Chrysomelidae of Taiwan. 2, 101-200 / edited by Chi-Feng Lee, Hsing-Tzung Cheng ; co-written with Su Fang Yu ... [et al.]
Taiwan : [s.n.], 2010


A revision of the genus <Arbelodes Karsch> (Lepidoptera: Cossoidea: Metarbelidae) from southeast-central and southern Africa with the description of 13 new species / Ingo Lehmann
[Hamburg] : Ingo Lehmann, 2010


Ecology of butterflies in Europe / edited by Josef Settele ... [et al.]
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009




Evolution since Darwin : the first 150 years / edited by Michael A. Bell ... [et al.].
Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, c2010.


Thermal adaptation : a theoretical and empirical synthesis / Michael J. Angilletta, Jr.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.


The symbiotic habit / Angela E. Douglas.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010.


Who cares about wildlife? : social science concepts for exploring human-wildlife relationships and conservation issues / Michael J. Manfredo.
New York : Springer, c2008.


National protected area expansion strategy for South Africa, 2008 : priorities for expanding the protected area network for ecological sustainability and climate change adaptation / prepared by the Government of South Africa.
Pretoria : Government of South Africa, 2010.


Moments of discovery : natural history narratives from Mexico and Central America / edited by Kevin Winker.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2010.


Audience 2.0 : how technology influences arts participation / [prepared for the Office of Research & analysis by Sameer Bawa, Kevin Williams, and William Dong
Washington, D.C. : National Endowment for the Arts, 2010.


A mechanistic approach to plankton ecology / Thomas Kiørboe.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.



Ornithology (Tring)


Checklist of the birds of Colombia = Listado de Aves de Colombia / Paul Salaman, Thomas M. Donegan, David Caro
Bogota : Fundación ProAves, 2010.


Parrots of the world : a field guide / Joseph M. Forshaw ; illustrated by Frank Knight.
London : Christopher Helm, 2010.




The beast within : animals in the Middle Ages / Joyce E. Salisbury.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2010.


Trophic cascades : predators, prey, and the changing dynamics of nature / edited by John Terborgh and James A. Estes.
Washington : Island Press, 2010.


The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology : Crustacean Supplement. I / S.H. Tan and Peter K.L. Ng (Eds)
Singapore : Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, 2007


The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology : Crustacean supplement. II / S.H. Tan and Martyn E.Y. Low (Eds.)
Singapore : Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, 2009.


Sexuality in fishes / T.J. Pandian.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2010.


Whaling and the Hebrides : the history of island whalers in the South Atlantic and whaling in and around the Hebrides.
Kershader : Islands Book Trust, 2008.


Moluscos de Nicaragua. I, Bivalvos / Adolfo López
Managua : Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2008.


Moluscos de Nicaragua. II, Gastrópodos / Adolfo López, Janina Urcuyo
Managua : Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2009.


Checklist of the nematodes in birds in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic / Jiljí Sitko and Anna Okulewicz
Prerov : Comenius Museum, 2010.


The amphibians and reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea / Malcolm Largen, Stephen Spawls.
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira, 2010.


History Of Geology Group (HOGG)


Conference on Geological Collectors and Collecting


April 4th - 5th, 2011 at the Natural History Museum


The History of Geology Group (HOGG), a group affiliated with the Geological Society of London, will be holding a conference about Geological Collectors and Collecting.  The conference is timed to coincide with the Christies sale of Travel, Science and Natural History artefacts and is open to all.


This two day event will include talks, exhibitions, workshops and behind the scenes tours on topics of interest to collectors of geological material of all kinds, including books, maps, minerals and fossils.


A full programme and a registration form are available for download from the HOGG website or from Nina Morgan on

The Conjuror's bird and the NHM Library connection
The Conjuror's Bird (2005) written by Martin Davies is a novel set both in the 18th-century and the present day. The book was researched here at the NHM Library and mixes both fact and fiction.
It follows Joseph Banks and his un-named mistress, and the hunt for a missing bird specimen originally given to Banks.

The book refers to the NHM Library because the only remaining evidence for the lost bird, Turdus ulietensis or Bay Thrush, is a painting by (Johann) Georg Adam Forster (1754-1794) made during Captain James Cook's second voyage (1772-75). Georg accompanied his father (Johann) Reinhold Forster (1729–98) on the voyage as his assistant. His father was the Naturalist on board and Georg drew from his descriptions.

This painting is held in our Zoological collections (Forster plate no. 143/ original plate no. 146) and is available to view via the NHM Picture Library.

The novel refers to the modern-day characters coming to visit the Library in order to view the plate and look at some Banks biographies (page 75).
Davies also includes some notes about the actual painting and missing bird specimen on pages 307-308.

Angela Thresher, Information Assistant

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The latest edition of Evolve, the Museum's quarterly magazine, is now on sale!


Once again we have another great show of articles relating to the Library's collections. A piece by Judith Magee, our Library Special Collections Curator, relating to the new Images of Nature Gallery opening in the New Year. (See our previous blog Images of Nature Gallery.) Alison Harding, Assistant Librarian, tells us about Frederick Du Cane Godman and his legacy to the NHM collections, whilst Karolyn Shindler, NHM Scientific Associate, continues her fasinating series on Richard Owen.


Members of the Museum receive Evolve as part of their Membership. But non-members can buy the magazine in our Museum shops (£3.50) or subscribe online.




New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Nov 15, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


Please find below a list of this week’s 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). Please let us know if you would like to make an appointment to see any of these items.



Anthropology / Palaeontology


Fossilien an Nord- und Ostsee : Finden und Bestimmen / Frank Rudolph, Wolfgang Bilz, Dirk Pittermann.
Wiebelsheim : Quelle & Meyer, 2010.


Geology of the Sierra Nevada / Mary Hill.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006.


Europe's lost world : the rediscovery of Doggerland / Vincent Gaffney, Simon Fitch and David Smith ; [with a foreword by Tony Robinson].
York : Council for British Archeology, 2009.


Geology and geomorphology of Holocene coastal barriers of Brazil / Sérgio F. Dillenburg, Patrick A. Hesp.
Berlin : Springer, 2009.


Aquatic insects in Baltic Amber = Wasserinsekten im Baltischen Bernstein / Wilfried Wichard, Carsten Gröhn & Fabian Seredszus.
Remagen-Oberwinter : Kessel, 2009.




Atlas of the potential vegetation of Ethiopia / by Ib Friis, Sebsebe Demissew and Paulo van Breugel.
[Copenhagen] : Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2010.


Atlas de la flora de Veracruz : un patrimonio natural en peligro / [coordinación: Arturo Gómez-Pompa, Thorsten Krömer, Roberto Castro-Cortés].
[Veracruz, Mexico] : Veracruz, Gobierno del Estado : Universidad Veracruzana, 2010.


Ferns of central Himalayas. I, Chamoli & Rudraprayag) / P. Joshi, H.C. Pande, P.C. Pande.
Dehra Dun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2009.


Plantes du Bhoutan : un guide de poche / Françoise Brenckmann.
Bussigny : Rossolis ; Lausanne : Musée botanique cantonal, 2010.


13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration : 24 September to 17 December, 2010 / Lugene B. Bruno.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, 2010.





Fauna Sinica : Insecta. Vol. 51, Megaloptera / Yang Ding, Liu Xingyue
Beijing : Science Press, 2010


Insect fauna of Henan : Lepidoptera: Limacodidae, Lasiocampidae, Notodontidae, Arctiidae, Lymantriidae, Amatidae / Wu Chunsheng, Fang Chenglai
Beijing : Science Press, 2010


Pests of stored grains and their management / M.C. Bhargava and K.C. Kumawat
New Delhi : New India Publishing Agency, 2010


Melolonthinae afrotropicaux (Scarabaeoidea, Melolonthidae) : Genera et catalogue commenté / Marc Lacroix
Paris : Editions Marc Lacroix, 2010


Verbreitungsatlas der Zikaden des Großherzogtums Luxemburg. Atlasband / Rolf Niedringhaus, Robert Biedermann, Herbert Nickel
Luxembourg : Musée national d'histoire naturelle de Luxembourg, 2010


Verbreitungsatlas der Zikaden des Großherzogtums Luxemburg. Textband / Rolf Niedringhaus, Robert Biedermann, Herbert Nickel
Luxembourg : Musée national d'histoire naturelle Luxembourg, 2010




Contemporary debates in philosophy of biology / edited by Francisco J. Ayala and Robert Arp.
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2010.


Tropical rain forest ecology, diversity, and conservation / Jaboury Ghazoul, Douglas Sheil.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Science into practice : solving conservation problems / Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Tubney, Oxfordshire : Wildcru, [2010?]


A warden's work : time spent in Britain's wild places / Robert Mortley.
[S.l. : Oakdene Press, 2008]


Actas de las VII Jornadas de flora, fauna y ecología del campo de Gibraltar / Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar.
Gibraltar : Mancomunidad de Muncipios del Campo de Gibraltar, 2007.


Challenges and perspectives: new roles of the National History Museum in reponse to global changes : proceedings of the international symposium for the 100th anniversary of National Taiwan Museum / [chief ed.: Su-Fang Huang ; ed.:  Su-Fang Huang  ... et al.].
Taipei : National Taiwan Museum, [ca. 2008]


Darwin / edited by William Brown and Andrew C. Fabian.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Père David : nature explorer in China : Jean Pierre Armand David: 1826-1900 / by David Sox.
York, England : Sessions Book Trust, The Ebor Press, c2009.


Vydaiushchiesia uchenye-biogeografy : biobibliograficheskii spravochnik / A. I. Kafanov, V. A. Kudriashov ; otv. redaktor, I.A. Chereshnev.
Moskva : Nauka, 2007.




Meteorites of Alberta / Anthony J. Whyte.
Edmonton, Alta. : University of Alberta Press, 2009.


Ornithology (Tring)


Birds of Tiree and Coll / John Bowler & Janet Hunter.
Isle of Tiree : Paircwood, 2007.


Natural History Museum animal records / Mark Carwardine
London : Natural History Museum, 2010.


A photographic guide to the birds of Hawai'i : the main islands and offshore waters / Jim Denny.
Honolulu : University of Hawa'ii Press, c2010.


The private lives of birds : a scientist reveals the intricacies of avian social life / Bridget Stutchbury.
New York : Walker & Co., 2010.


Safeguarding species: a strategy for species recovery / RSPB
[S.l.] : RSPB, 2010.


Voyages of discovery : [a visual celebration of ten of the greatest natural history expeditions] / written by Tony Rice ; with an introduction by David Bellamy.
London : Natural History Museum, 2008.




Otter / Daniel Allen.
London : Reaktion Books, 2010.


Lion / Deirdre Jackson.
London : Reaktion Books, 2010.


Marine benthic fauna of Chilean Patagonia: illustrated identification guide / Vreni Haussermann & Günter Försterra
Puerto Montt : Patagonia Marina, 2010.


The European Bison pedigree book in history and today / Jan Raczynski
Bialowieza: Bialowieza Park Narodowy, 2009.


Into oblivion? : the disappearing native mammals of northern Australia / compiled by James Fitzsimons ...[et al.]
Carlton : Nature Conservancy, 2010.


Encyclopedia of Texas seashells : identification, ecology, distribution, and history / by John W. Tunnell, Jr. ... [et al.] ; in collaboration with Roe Davenport ; with contributions by David W. Hicks and Kim Withers.
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2010.


The reptile fauna of India : [a source book] / T.S.N. Murthy.
New Delhi : B.R. Pub. Corp., 2010.


Guía ilustrada de la herpetofauna de Nicaragua / Gustavo Adolfo Ruiz, Fabio Buitrago V.
[Managua : MARENA, 2003?] Impresiones Helios)


Geckos of Australia = Geckos Australiens / Friedrich Wilhelm Henkel.
Frankfurt am Main : Chimaira, 2010.


New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Nov 8, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


Please find below a list of this week’s 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).  Please let us know if you'd like to make an appointment to read any of them.



Anthropology / Palaeontology


The second jurassic dinosaur rush : museums and paleontology in America at the turn of the twentieth century / Paul D. Brinkman.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.


Geoecology in the Tropics : with a database on micromorphology and geomorphology / Hanna Bremer.
Stuttgart : Gebrüder Borntraeger, 2010.





Brazilian flora : Arecaceae (Palms) / Harri Lorenzi ... [et al.].
Nova Odessa, Brazil : Instituto Plantarum, 2010.


Guia de samambaias e licófitas da REBIO Uatumã, Amazônia Central = Guide to the ferns and lycophytes of REBIO Uatumã, Central Amazonia / Gabriela Zuquim ... [et al.].
Manaus : Áttema Design Editorial, 2008.


Inventarios botánicos del área de Bella Vista, Departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia : una base para la conservación / Luzmila Arroyo P. y Steven P. Churchill, editores.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia : Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado ; St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2009.


Mousses et hépatiques de Païolive (Ardèche et Gard, France) / Vincent Hugonnot ; avec la collaboration de: Jeannette Chavoutier, Luc Olivier, Thierry Vergne.
Jarnac : Siège social de la SBCO, 2010.


Libro rojo de plantas de Colombia 6. Orquídeas, primera parte / Eduardo Calderón Sáenz
Bogotá Inst. de Investigaciones de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt [u.a.] 2007.


A monograph on some British Desmids : Order Zygnematales, Suborder Zygnemoidiineae, Family Zygnemataceae, Subfamily Mesotaenioideae (Saccoderm Desmids) and Suborder Closteriineae, Family Peniaceae and Family Closteriaceae / by Alan J. Brook and David B. Williamson ; edited by James H. Price and Nicholas J. Evans.
London : Ray Society, 2010.





Phylogeny and generic classification of Tachyusini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) / Grzegorz Pasnik
Kraków : Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animalsof the Polish Academy of Science, 2010


Aphodiinae of Australia (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) : iconography / Zdzislawa T. Stebnicka
Kraków : Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2009


A world catalogue of Chironomidae (Diptera). Part 1, Buchonomyiinae, Chilenomyiinae, Podonominae, Aphroteniinae, Tanypodinae, Usambaromyiinae, Diamesinae, Prodiamesinae and Telmatogetoninae / Compiled by Patrick Ashe and James P. O'Connor
Dublin : Irish Biogeographical Society ; National Museum of Ireland, 2009


Hoverflies of Northwest Europe : identification keys to the Syrphidae / M. P. van Veen
Utrecht : KNNV Publishing, 2010


The moths of the Bristol region / Ray Barnett ... [et al.]
[Bristol] : Bristol Regional Environment Record Centre, 2008


Gelechiid moths of the subfamily Dichomeridinae (Lepidoptera : Gelechiidae) of the world / M. G. Ponomarenko
Vladivostok : Dalnauka, 2009




Klimaendringer i norsk arktis : konsekvenser for livet i nord / [forfatter: Ellen Øseth].
Tromsø : Norsk polarinstitutt, 2010.


Climate and weather / John Kington.
London : Collins, 2010.


The natural history of Sherkin Island, West Cork : an introduction / John Akeroyd ; [photography by Robbie Murphy].
Sherkin Island : Sherkin Island Marine Station, 2009.


Aleppo observed : Ottoman Syria through the eyes of two Scottish doctors, Alexander and Patrick Russell / by Maurits H. van den Boogert.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.


The ecology of tropical East Asia / Richard T. Corlett.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.


William Bartram, the search for nature's design : selected art, letters, & unpublished writings / edited by Thomas Hallock & Nancy E. Hoffmann ; Joel T. Fry, associate editor.
Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, c2010.


Darwin's disciple : George John Romanes : a life in letters / [edited] by Joel S. Schwartz
Philadelphia, PA : American Philosophical Society, 2010.



Ornithology (Tring)


Auftreten und Herkunft der Wasservögel am Sempachersee : Überblick über fast 70 000 Beringungen am Sempachersee und 6000 Rückmeldungen aus Eurasien und Afrika / Josef Hofer, Pius Korner-Nievergelt und Fränzi Korner-Nievergelt.
[Rüschlikon, Switzerland] : Ala, 2010.


Bird migration and global change / George W. Cox.
Washington, DC : Island Press, c2010.


Birds of Himalaya & Kashmir / by Douglas Dewar.
Delhi, India : Asiatic Pub. House, 2006.


Kingfisher / David Chandler, Ian Llewellyn.
London : New Holland, 2010.


The nesting season : cuckoos, cuckolds, and the invention of monogamy / Bernd Heinrich.
Cambridge, Mass. ; London, England: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.




A critical companion to zoosemiotics : people, paths, ideas / Dario Martinelli.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2010.


Estudio de la biología y ecología del camarón de río en Río San Juan (<Macrobrachium carcinus>) / Jordi Pascual Sala.
Managua : Gobierno de Nicaragua, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2005.


Estudio técnico científico del róbalo en Río San Juan y el Gran Lago de Nicaragua / Juan José Camacho, Velkiss Gadea E.
[Managua] : Gobierno de Nicaragua, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2005.


Abundancia relativa de los peces en la costa oriental del Lago de Nicaragua / Aldo Hernández Portocarrero ; Francisco Saborido Rey, consultor.
Managua : Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales : Instituto Nicaragüense de Pesca, 2008.


New Zealand freshwater fishes : an historical and ecological biogeography / R. M. McDowall.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2010.


The mind of the chimpanzee : ecological and experimental perspectives / [edited by] Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf, Stephen R. Ross, & Tetsuro Matsuzawa.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.


Los manatíes del Río San Juan y los canales de Tortuguero : ecología y conservación / Ignacio Jiménez Pérez ; [ilustraciones, Carlos Espinoza].
[Managua] : Gobierno de la República de Nicaragua, Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, 2003.


Handbook on Indian freshwater molluscs / Ramakrishna, Anirudha Dey.
Kolkata : AICOPTAX--Mollusca, Zoological Survey of India, 2007.


Natural History Museum animal records / Mark Carwardine
London : Natural History Museum, 2010.

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