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Anthropology / Palaeontology



Zooarchaeology and modern human origins : human hunting behavior during the later Pleistocene / edited by Jamie L. Clark, John D. Speth
Dordrecht; London: Springer, 2013
A 3 q ZOO


The paleobiology of <Australopithecus> : contributions from the Fourth Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, Diversity in <Australopithecus> : Tracking the First Bipeds, September 25-28, 2007 / edited by Kaye E. Reed, John G. Fleagle, Richard E. Leakey.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2013.
A 6 q STO




Morphology and evolution of turtles : proceedings of the Gaffney Turtle Symposium (2009) in honor of Eugene S. Gaffney / edited by Donald B. Brinkman, Patricia Holroyd, James D. Gardner.
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, [2012], 2013.
P 20a q GAF


Landesaufnahme mit Geologenhammer und Bohrer : Moderne Geologie in Hessen / Sabine Steghaus-Kovač
Wiesbaden : Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie, 2013.
P 72L q STE


Geology of Newfoundland : touring through time at 48 scenic sites / Martha Hickman Hild ; ed. Stephanie Porter
Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, N.L. : Boulder Publications, 2012.
P 75B/6 o HIL


Old poisons, new problems : a museum resource for managing contaminated cultural materials / Nancy Odegaard and Alyce Sadongei
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, 2005.
P 82 q ODE



Flora of Australia. Vol. 26, Meliaceae, Rutaceae, Zygophyllaceae / [editor, Annette Wilson].
Canberra : Australian Biological Resources Study, 2013.
B 581.9(94) FLO


A systematic study of the subtribe Espeletiinae (Heliantheae, Asteraceae) / José Cuatrecasas
Bronx : New York Botanical Garden, 2013.
B 582.4P88 CUA


Flora's empire : British gardens in India / Eugenia W. Herbert.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
B 635.90 HER


Flore rare et menacée de Bourgogne : distribution, écologie, conservation / Patryck Vaucoulon
Mèze, France : Biotope, 2013.


Piante Esotiche Nell'Orto Botanico di Catania / a cura di Pietro Pavone

Catania : Giuseppe Maimone Editore, 2010.
B 58.006 CAT MAI Q




Haplogynae Spiders in Hainan, China / [Yanfeng Tong]
[Beijing] : s.n., 2013.


Zhong hua zang jia / Ji Yun zhu = The carrion beetles of China (Coleoptera : Silphidae) / Ji Yun
Beijing Shi : Zhongguo lin ye chu ban she, 2012.


The cicadas (Hemiptera, Cicadoidea, Cicadidae) of North America north of Mexico / Allen F. Sanborn, Maxine S. Heath
Lanham, MD : Entomological Society of America, 2012.


Aspilota-Group in natural parks of Valencia and European Dinotrema Revision / Francisco Javier Peris Felipo
Valencia : Universitat do València, 2013.



Letters from abroad : the grand tour correspondence of Richard Pococke  & Jeremiah Milles. Volume 3, Letters from the East (1737-41) / edited by Rachel Finnegan.
Piltown, County Kilkenny, Ireland : Pococke Press, 2013.
L 70 o FIN


Taxidermy / Alexis Turner
Farnborough : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2013.
L 82 o TUR


Museum educator's handbook / by Graeme K. Talboys.
Burlington : Ashgate, 2011.
L 84 o TAL


RDA : strategies for implementation / Magda El-Sherbini.
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013.


RDA and serials cataloguing / Ed Jones, National University, San Diego, USA.
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.


Catalogue 2.0 : The future of the library catalogue / Sally Chambers (ed.)
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.


Ornithology (Tring)

Cambridgeshire Bird Atlas 2007-2011 / Louise Bacon, Alison Cooper, Hugh Venables
Cambridge : Cambridgeshire Bird Club, 2013.


Contributions to the history of Australasian Ornithology. Vol. II / edited by William E. Davis, Jr.  ...[].
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2012.


Feasting, fowling and feathers : a history of the exploitation of wild birds / by Michael Shrubb.
London : T. & A. D. Poyser, 2013.


Imperial dreams : tracking the imperial woodpecker  through the wild Sierra Madre / Tim Gallagher.
New York : Atria Books, 2013.


The life of David Lack : father of evolutionary ecology / Ted R. Anderson.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]


Multimedia identification guide to North Atlantic seabirds: Pterodroma Petrels. / Bob Flood & Ashley Fisher. Illustrations by Martin Elliott.
[S.l.] : Pelagic Birds & Birding Multimedia  Identification Guides, : Scilly Pelagics, 2013.


Naturalist's guide to the birds of Singapore. / Text Yong Dong Li and Lim Kim Chuah, photography Lee Tiah Khee.
[S.l.] : John Beaufoy Publishing L, 2013


A saga of sea eagles / John A. Love.
Dunbeath : Whittles, 2013.


The warbler guide / Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle ; drawings by Catherine Hamilton.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2013
ORNITHOLOGY 18(14) STE                 



Starfish : biology and ecology of the Asteroidea / edited by John M. Lawrence
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


Britain's freshwater fishes / Mark Everard
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2013


Ações para a conservação de tubaroes e raias no sul do Brasil / Carolus Maria Vooren, Sandro Klippel (eds.)
Porto Alegre : Igaré, 2005.


Status of decline of amphibians : Eastern hemisphere. Issue no. 3, Western Europe / edited by Harold Heatwole and John W. Wilkinson
Exeter : Pelagic, 2013


Handbook of the birds of the world. Special volume: New species and global index / edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, David A. Christie.
Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.


Our version of a British institution with a natural history twist - what would you pick?


Chris Booth: Digitiser, L&A Collection


You are marooned on a desert island and are allowed to take 8 flora and fauna with you. Which ones would you select and why?


Assuming I knew I was going to be marooned for a very long time I’d bring a very focussed selection of: hops, barley, sugar cane, banana, butternut squash, bamboo, aloe, and a dog.


Beer creation being the objective of the first three choices but hops can also alleviate inflammation, and sugar would be a good chewy mood-lifter. Bananas for their deliciousness and the leaves making excellent crockery. Butternut squash (or any gourd) left to dry out would make a superb container for the aforementioned beer and they taste good if I absolutely had to do something besides drinking my despair away. Bamboo because it’s a wonderful construction material and I would need to craft a shelter quickly otherwise my fair skin would be burned all the time. Hence the aloe until my shelter is up and running… I suppose I could also wile away the long weeks and months by becoming adept at basketry as well? The dog is for company and amusement. I don’t have a dog at the moment but I know my cats would disappear as soon as they noticed that they could. A dog probably wouldn’t. I’d hope.


You are rescued, but can only take one back with you. Which one would it be and why?


Well it would be very cruel if I decided to rescue my collection of dried gourds so I suppose I would have to rescue my hops. Only kidding, the dog would come home with me and we could bore bus stop strangers to death with our tales of sand getting stuck to the aloe and teeth rotting away from excessive sugar consumption.




You can take one item from the L&A collections with you, what would it be and why?


Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘The Malay Archipelago’ would be my choice. It sounds like an excellent read but I’ve not tried it yet, despite having wanted to for a number of years. If I was lucky enough to be marooned in the Malay Archipelago I could at least hope to identify something familiar in the book. Hopefully it describes some poisonous endemic beasties for me to avoid too.


'Ejecting an intruder' taken fron The Malay Archipleago by Alfred Russel Wallace (1874) NHM image: 033800



You can have one luxury with you on the island what would it be?


My Kindle. It’s got so many books on it already that I believe I would be supplied for about a year as it is, without re-reading. I could also cheat the system by quickly loading pictures of my loved ones onto it before I go - sneaky, eh! Though that would suggest I had prior knowledge of my marooning, so why would I put myself in that situation in the first place?


Sharon Touzel: Bibliographic Librarian






How long have you worked at the NHM?


I began in 2007, so 6 years.


What were you doing before you came here?


I was studying, and volunteering as an Assistant Archivist at LAARC (the archaeological archives of the Museum of London). The volunteering was great – in one box, a Roman shoe; in the next, a medieval horse skull.


What does your average day look like?


I might spend time buying books for the Entomology Library, or working on projects with external academic visitors.

Mainly though, I spend a lot of time cataloguing our collections. It’s not a dull job here - today I’ve catalogued an 1870s Austrian sales catalogue, advertising plaster heads & preserved frogs; 1930s newspaper cuttings on a secret journey through Forbidden Arabia; and 1970s reports on the Loch Morar monster. Finding items like these means I always have something to put on our Twitter feed!

If you had to pick one favourite from the L&A collections what would it be?


The flea etching from Robert Hooke’s Microscopy, or some of our relatively unknown 17th century Dutch art.






Do you have a favourite place or object on display in the Museum?


I love the piece of the moon in the Earth Galleries. Walking past it every morning gives me a real kick.


If you had to spend the rest of your life as an animal, what would it be and why?


As an Entomology librarian, it’s tempting to say I’d like to be one of those brain eating parasites which make zombies out of ants ( . However, I’d probably go for something much more boring, like a domestic cat!


The Library catalogue is available online at

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


Anthropology / Palaeontology



Wadi Hammeh 27, an early Natufian settlement at Pella in Jordan / edited by Phillip C. Edwards
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
A 2 q CUL


South-eastern Mediterranean peoples between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago / edited by Elena A.A. Garcea ; contributing authors, Nick Barton [and others].
Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, 2010
A 3 q GAR



The asteroid impact connection of planetary evolution : with special reference to large Precambrian and Australian impacts / Andrew Y. Glikson
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2013.
P 15D o GLI


Atlas of benthic foraminifera / Ann Holbourn, Andrew S. Henderson, and Norman MacLeod
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell ; [London] : Natural History Museum, 2013.




Discovering Dorset's wild flowers / Peter Cramb
Bridport : P. & M. Cramb, 2013.


Vegetation of Britain and Ireland / Michael Proctor
London : Collins, 2013.


Ferns and fern allies of Taiwan : supplement / Ralf Knapp.
Gaoshu Township, Pingtung County : Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre (KBCC Press), 2013.
FERNS 582.35(51) KNA


Flore de Gironde / Jean-Claude Aniotsbehere
Bordeaux : Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux, 2012.


Zarys struktury i fizjologii drzew leśnych / Jan Kopcewicz, Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska, Krystyna Kannenberg.
Tuchola : Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Zarządzania Środowiskiem ; Toruń : Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2012.
B 635.97 KOP


Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 5, Dicotyledoneae: Oleaceae - Zygophyllaceae / Alain Dobignard et Cyrille Chatelainn ; avec la collaboration de Markus Fischer, Joëlle Orso et Daniel Jeanmonod
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques, 2013.
B 581.9(61) DOB Q


Collecting ladies : Ferdinand von Mueller and women botanical artists / Penny Olsen.
Canberra, ACT : NLA Publishing, 2013.
B 7.043 OLS



The insects : structure and function / R.F. Chapman
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
E 11 o CHA


Synopsis of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from Canada. Part 1, Carabidae / by Jan Klimaszewski ... [et al.].
Sofia : Pensoft, 2012.


Revideret fortegnelse over Danmarks sommerfugle = Revised checklist of the Lepidoptera of Denmark / Ole Karsholt og Per Stadel Nielsen
København : Lepidopterologisk Forening, 2013




Food webs and biodiversity : foundations, models, data / Axel G. Rossberg
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
L 10E o ROS


Il fenomeno carsico delle Prealpi Giulie settentrionali (Friuli) / a cura di Giuseppe Muscio
Udine : Istituto Italiano di Speleoligia, 2008.
L 72I q MUS


Baía de Todos os Santos : diagnóstico socio-ambiental e Subsídios para a Gestão
Salvador, Brazil : Germen, 1997
L 76D o BAI


Natural history and travel : old and rare Books. Catalogue 291 / Allard Schierenberg
Amsterdam : Antiquariaat Junk, 2013.
L 95E o ANT


Ornithology (Tring)

Las aves de Canarias
Santa Cruz de Tenerife : Turquesa Pubs, 2013.


Aves do estuário da Baía da Babitonga e litoral de São Francisco do Sul/ Marta Jussara Cremer, Alexandre Venson Grose.
Joinville [SC]: Ed. Univille, 2010.


The birds of Africa. Volume VIII, The Malagasy Region / Roger Safford and Frank Hawkins ; plumage descriptions by David J. Pearson ; colour plates by John Gale and Brian Small.
London : Christopher Helm, 2013.


Causal analysis of spatio-temporal patterns of passerine migration along the Eastern flyway : dissertation / vorgelegt von Elizabeth Yohannes
Innsbruck : Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, 2003.


Darwin has come : new legend of the creature : working English translation from Japanese / NHK ; [translated by Fumio Taguchi]


Da-uin ga kitta / NHK
[Darwin has come : new legend of the creature]
Japan : Asahi Shimbun, 2011.


On the rocks. / Text and photographs by Bryan Nelson artwork by John Busby
Peterborough : Langford Press, 2013
ORNITHOLOGY 96A NEL                    



Monkey / Desmond Morris.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17A o MOR


Fauna Cantabrigiensis : the vertebrate and molluscan fauna of Cambridgeshire by the Rev. Leonard Jenyns (1800-1893) : transcript and commentaries / edited by Richard C. Preece and Tim H. Sparks.
London : Ray Society, 2012.
Z 72Aa q JEN


Livro vermelho da fauna ameaçada de extinção no Rio Grande do Sul / Carla S. Fontana, Glayson A. Bencke, Roberto E. Reis [organizadores].
Porto Alegre EDIPUCRS 2003
Z 76D q LIV


Mamíferos aquaticos do Brasil : plano de ação. Versão II
Brasília : Edições IBAMA, 2001


Frogs of the United States and Canada / C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 1
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 2


Las tortugas y los cocodrilianos de los países andinos de trópico / autores, José Vicente Rued-Almonacid ... [et al.] ; illustrationes, Stephen Nash, César Landazábal Mendoza, Marco Antonio Rada
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia : Conservación Internacional, 2007.




Missionary Needlework etc.  Collected by the Rev. G. E. Smith (1805-1881)]

by Sarah Vincent (Electronic Resources Librarian)


Recently unearthed from the collections by a slightly bemused librarian, Missionary Needlework etc., illustrates the importance of not judging a book by its cover, or indeed its title. There is a singular lack of needlepoint contained within the marbled covers of this 18th century scrapbook; it has instead been repurposed to hold a lovingly compiled collection of natural history drawings, cuttings, notes and photographs collected by the Reverend Gerard Edward Smith.


Smith was born in Camberwell in 1805. He studied at Oxford and, after being ordained in 1829, became Vicar of Sellinge, Kent. After marrying Isabella March Clark in 1935, Reverend Smith moved  to the North of England and spent the next 40-ish years as the Vicar of Cantley, Ashton Hayes and Osmaston, respectively, before retiring to Ockbrock.


Throughout his career, Smith enthusiastically pursued a side-line interest in the study of the natural world. He was a keen amateur botanist and, alongside his wife, spent time collecting, drawing and painting examples of local flora. He even found time to author several books on British botany, which are also held in the NHM Library.






Smith’s interest in the world around him did not end with plants, as demonstrated by Missionary Needlework, etc., which is a highly personal scrapbook composed of a brilliantly diverse and eclectic range of zoological articles, paintings, prints and illustrations (many of which were apparently drawn by Smith himself). These items have been meticulously pasted in place and arranged systematically in rough order of biological complexity. It begins with a rather charming human skeleton and finishes with some less charming parasitic worms, taking in such marvels as creepily smug dolphins and beautifully painted beetles along the way.








We received Missionary Needlework etc., as a donation from Aimee Clark in 1933. Aimee’s aunt, May Senior Clark, was presumably a relative of Isabella’s  and received Smith’s natural history collections following his death in 1881. From Aimee’s introductory letter, we can gain some insight into Smith’s character: apparently he was very popular with younger members of the family and was regarded as ‘a real playfellow’.
This description is backed up by one of the most charming items contained in the scrapbook, an inserted miniature pamphlet about bats, which was illustrated and written by a 21-year old Smith and dedicated to ‘the amusement of my little friends’.







This pamphlet covers a range of fascinating bat-themed topics and provides valuable advice to those travelling in areas inhabited by the vampire flitter mouse, namely to sleep with your feet covered up in order to avoid being bitten and ‘passing from a state of sound sleep to that of death’.


Fittingly, the pamphlet closes with a poetic description of the incident that inspired its creation, a home invasion by a rather confused long-eared bat: 

‘Prithee look dear Papa! What a wonder is here!
A winged little mouse, it would seem, I declare!
Where the door was wide opened, I saw it fly in,
So quite certain I am that it flits thro’ the air!’


On Monday 29th July the Library & Archives hosted a tour for 2013’s participants in the Young Graduates for Museums and Galleries programme (YGMG), an annual scheme which provides the opportunity for gifted 16-18 year old students to spend time behind the scenes of many of the major Museum and Galleries in London.

YGMG9 open day-076-290713.JPG

This year, sixteen students were able to spend a day at the NHM, learning about the work of our scientists and staff, with the hope that it would inspire some to consider pursuing a career in the Museum and Galleries sector .


After visiting a variety of institutions across London, the students are given the opportunity to undertake a summer internship during the school holidays.

Part of the students’ day at the NHM was spent in the Library & Archives, where they were shown some of our treasures. These included our oldest book - an edition of Pliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis from 1469, and some field notebooks from the Malay Archipelago belonging to Alfred Russel Wallace.


Library staff love meeting the students each year, and greatly enjoy their enthusiasm for the collections we show them. We hope seeing some of our material inspires them for the future, and perhaps they may return one day as staff members!


Lisa Di Tommaso

(Special Collections Librarian)


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

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



Anthropology / Palaeontology



The early prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan : archaeological survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and al- Bustan and evaluation of the pre-pottery Neolithic A site of WF16 / edited by Bill Finlayson and Steven Mithen
Oxford : Oxbow, c2007
A 2 q FIN


The first farmers of central Europe : diversity in LBK lifeways / edited by Penny Bickle and Alasdair Whittle ; with contributions by Alexandra Anders, Rose-Marie Arbogast, R. Alexander Bentley, Penny Bickle, Christoph Blesl, Lucy Cramp, Philippa Cullen, Christopher Dale, Marta Dockalová, László Domboróczki, Linda Fibiger, Michael Francken, Claudia Gerling, Seren Griffiths, Gisela Grupe, Julie Hamilton, Robert Hedges, Daniela Hofmann, Nándor Kalicz, Zsófia Eszter Kovács, Eva Lenneis, Tibor Marton, Inna Mateiciucová, Christine Neugebauer-Maresch, Geoff Nowell, Krisztián Oross, Ildikó Pap, Juraj Pavúk, Joachim Pechtl, Pál Raczky, Linda Reynard, Michael Schultz, Peter Stadler, Elisabeth Stephan, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Barbara Tiefenböck, Joachim Wahl, Alasdair Whittle and Carrie Wright.
Oakville, Conn. : Oxbow Books and the David Brown Book Company, 2013
A 3 q BIC




The lost world of Fossil Lake : snapshots from deep time / Lance Grande ; with photography by Lance Grande and John Weinstein.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013
P 75C/50 q GRA




Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasciculo 178, Familia Compositae : Tribu Liabeae / por Rasario Redonda-Martinez
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasciculo. 177, Familia Dioscoreaceae / por Victoria Sosa e Ismael G. Valdivieso
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Laboratornoe kulʹtivirovanie morskikh mikrovodorosleĭ, vkliuchai͡a produt͡sentov fitotoksinov : nauchno-metodicheskoe posovie / T.I͡U. Orlova, N.A. Aĭzdaĭcher, I.V. Stonik.
[Manual on laboratory cultivation of marine microalgae, including toxic species]
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2011.


Zhejiang Dongtou Dazing haizao = [The Marine Algae in Dongtou, Zheijiang]
China : Ocean Press, 2012.
ALGAE 582.26(265) WAN


"Les mousses" : Liste rouge, inventaire et initiation aux bryophytes du canton de Genève / Laurent Burgisser & Arianne Cailliau ; avec la collaboration de Michelle Price, Anne-Laure Maire & Hélène Hinden et en coordination avec Bertrand von Arx
[Mosses : red List, inventory and introduction to bryophytes the canton of Geneva]
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, 2012.


Morskie rastenii͡a stran Aziatsko-Tikhookeanskogo regiona, ikh ispolʹzovanie i kulʹtivirovanie Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation / Ė.A. Titli͡anov, T.V. Titli͡anova ; Pod obshcheĭ redakt͡sieĭ akademika A.V. Adrianova.
Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2012.


Ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly / Rosaline J. Murphy ... [et al.].
Truro : ERCCIS, 2012.
FERNS 582.35(410) MUR Q


Scolt Head Island / edited by J. A. Steers.
Cambridge: W. Heffer. 1960
L 72Aa o STE


The ecological impact of long-term changes in Africa's Rift Valley / Andrew J. Plumptre, editor.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, 2012.
L 74 q ECO


Wonders of nature : Ustad Mansur at the Mughal court / Asok Kumar Das
Mumbai : Marg Foundation, c2012
L 83 q DAS


The impact of the Biodiversity Heritage Library Digitisation Project on scientific research at the Natural History Museum, London / Angela D. Thresher



Minerals from the Republic of Macedonia : with an introduction to mineralogy / Gligor Jovanoski, Blažo Boev, & Petre Makreski
Skopje : Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2012.
M (497) JOV



Kangaroo / John Simons.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17L o SIM


Global perspectives on the biology and life history of the white shark / edited by Michael L. Domeier.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012.


Mammals of China / Andrew T. Smith and Yan Xie, editors ; Robert S. Hoffmann ... [et al.], contributing authors ; Federico Gemma, illustrator ; Wang Sung, honorary editor.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2013


Amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica : a pocket guide / Federico Muñoz Chacón, Richard Dennis Johnston.
Ithaca ; London  : Comstock Pub. Associates, 2013.


Daoud Jackson.jpg




Daoud Jackson has joined us for a week of work experience during his summer holiday.


He has just completed his first year of A levels where he is taking; Maths, Japanese, History and Theology.


During his time with us he is helping to index volumes of artwork from the Hodgson collection. Learn more about this project.


In just over two days Daoud has already worked his way through 102 images, including quails and storks.


We have also been using his Japanese language skills to assist with the translation

of recent acquisitions.


For more information about volunteering opportunities throughout the Museum take a look at our website.


The latest edition of the NHM Magazine EVOLVE! is out now.



The Summer 2013 edition is a bumper edition for fans of the NHM Library & Archives:


Letters of a naturalist

During this 'Wallace 100' anniversary year, Caroline Catchpole (Archivist, Wallace Correspondence Project), talks about the project, the life and work of this very important man and the collections held here at the NHM L&A.


Famous faces: Letters from poets, playwrights and pioneers

Daisy Cunynghame (Museum Archivist) highlights some of the more unexpected individuals who appear in the Archives.


Martin Hinton: The innate habits of a squirrel

Karolyn Shindler (L&A Associate) explores both the professional and personal life of former Keeper of Zoology, and his connections to the Piltdown fraud.


Museum Lives project

A project undertaken by the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR), which has created a digital archive of interviews with 50 of the Museum's curators, conservators and researchers, past & present.


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


Hannah Rausa: Serials Librarian (Technical Services)




How long have you worked at the NHM?

I started at the NHM Library 10 years ago in May 2003, as an Information Assistant.  I left for a short period to pursue my academic studies, but returned in August 2005.  I have been Serials Librarian for the past four years.


What were you doing before you came here?

I was studying for my BSc Geography Degree at University and I also worked as an office secretary in London.  Working at the NHM Library was my first full time job since leaving University. It is such an interesting and unique place to work in, I have continued to work here.


What does your average day look like?

An average day for me involves a variety of tasks.  They range from corresponding with our subscription agent and publishers, about our annual subscription orders and newly available content. Reviewing our expenditure forecasts against our budget, investigating alternative ways to access content which may benefit our users and our budget. I also assist staff with serial queries such as finding material on the shelves, tracking down missing issues, and advising on the best way to manage our serial records.  In addition I provide enquiry support on our service desk on a weekly basis.




If you had to pick one favourite from the L&A collections what would it be?

There are so many amazing items to choose from! A personal favourite is Williams Smith’s Geological Map from 1815.  It was the first treasure I unearthed when I started working here. I had the opportunity to handle it and was involved in some public outreach events associated with it, so really got a flavour of the excitement and amazement which it draws from people.


Do you have a favourite place or object on display in the Museum?

The Mineral Gallery is a fascinating space and I always discover new things each time I visit there – it is amazing to see what our natural world produces.  The Blue Whale also holds a place in my heart.  Along with the Central Hall it forms a strong memory of my first visit to the NHM when I was a child.  I remember being completely in awe of the size and beauty of the Museum and the Blue Whale.  I purchased a Blue Whale book from the museum shop, which was treasured for many years.


If you had to spend the rest of your life as an animal, what would it be and why?


Based on my love of the countryside and my belief in the value of family, I think it would have to be a dog, with its pack mentality and outdoor lifestyle.  I would of course need to be homed with a loving and caring human family. 


The Library catalogue is available online at Library catalogue

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



Anthropology / Palaeontology



The human brain evolving : paleoneurological studies in honor of Ralph L. Holloway / editors, Douglas Broadfield ... [et al.].
Gosport (In.) : Stone Age Institute Press, 2010.
A 3B q HUM


Regionality and biotype exploitation in Danish Ertebølle and adjoining periods / by Inge Bødker Enghoff
Copenhagen : Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2011
A 3 o ENG




Naukovi Kolektsiï Derzhavnoho Prirodoznavchoho Muzeiu. Vypusk 3, Paleobotanichnyi Fond (Neogen) / A.P. Mamchur
L'viv : Natsional'na akademiia nauk Ukraïny, 2009
P GM 069.5:562(477) MAM




Flora of India : Volume 23, Loranthaceae - Daphinphyllaceae / N. P. Balakrishnan ... et al. (eds.)
Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India, 2012.
B 581.9(54) FLO


Taxonomy of <Carex> sect. Rhomboidales (Cyperaceae) / Jin Xiao-Feng, Zheng Chao-Zong
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 582.4P199 JIN Q


The Genus <Cypripedium> in China / Liu Zhongjian
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 582.4P169 LIU


Flora of China : illustrations. Volume 19, Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae / Wu Zhengyi, Peter H. Raven, Hong Deyuan (eds.)
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 581.9(51) FLO Q


Flora of China : illustrations. Volume 23, Acoraceae through Cyperaceae / Wu Zhengyi, Peter H. Raven, Hong Deyuan (eds)
Beijing : Science Press, 2013.
B 581.9(51) FLO Q


Flora Malesiana : series 2 - Ferns and fern allies. Vol. 4, Blechnaceae, Hypodematiaceae, Monachosoraceae, Nephrolepidaceae, Oleandraceae, Pteridaceae subfam. Parkerioideae, Textaria Group: Arthropteris / H.P. Nooteboom ... [et al.]
Leiden : Flora Malesiana, 2010.
FERNS 582.35(595) STE


A Complete History of the Butterflies & Moths of Sussex / Colin Pratt
S.l.: Colin. R. Pratt, 2010
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 1
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 2
E 72Ab q PRA Vol. 3



Mutation-Driven Evolution / Masatoshi Nei.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
L 9D o NEI


Age of the Dinosaur / Steve Parker
Natural History Museum 2013


Nature's treasurehouse : a history of the Natural History Museum / John Thackray and Bob Press
London : Natural History Museum, 2013.




Nicht von dieser Welt : Bayerns Meteorite / [Roland Eichhorn, Erwin Geiß, Rosemarie Loth]
Augsburg : Bayerisches Lamdesamt fur Umwelt, 2012
M 523.681(430) EIC


Uranium : cradle to grave / edited by Peter C. Burns and Ginger E. Sigmon
Quebec : Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2013
M 553.495 BUR



Ornithology (Tring)

The Biodiversity in Glasgow (BIG) Project / Elizabeth Humphreys, Paul Kirkland & Dan Chamberlain
Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology, 2013


Birds in Cornwall Digital, 1931-2006
[Cornwall] : Cornwall Bird Watching & Preservation Society, 2010.


Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands / Ian Sinclair, Olivier Langrand ; illustrated by Norman Arlott ... [et al.].
Cape Town : Struik Nature, 2013.


Eggs and physiology through the evolution of amniotes / Maximilian T. Stockdale
[Bristol : University of Bristol, 2013.]


Handbook of the birds of the world. Special volume: New species and global index / edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, David A. Christie.
Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.


Hornbills of the world : a photographic guide / Pilai Poonswad, Alan Kemp, Morten Strange, photography by Tim Laman and others.
Singapore : Draco Publishing, 2013.


Image database for the Feather Guide for the Western Palearctic
[ ] : The Featherguide Organisation, [2009]


The man who saved the whooping crane : the Robert Porter Allen story / Kathleen Kaska.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2012.


Marine birds of the Eastern United States and the Bay of Fundy : distribution, numbers, trends, threats, and management / Ian C. T. Nesbet et al.
Cambridge, Mass. : Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2013


More than birds : adventurous lives of North American  naturalists / Val Shushkewich.
Toronto : Dundurn, [2012].


El mosquitero ibérico / Nacho Rodríguez Martínez, Javier García Fernández, José Luis Copete (coordinadores)
León : Grupo Ibérico de Anillamiento, 2013.


Production of representative Cormorant population trends with confidence limits / authors : D.C. Chamberlain, G.E. Austin, R.E. Green & N.H.K. Burton
Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology, 2012


The Woodhen : a flightless island bird defying extinction / Clifford B. Frith.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(2) FRI                  




North American freshwater mussels : natural history, ecology, and conservation / Wendell R. Haag
Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Z 10F q HAA


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Colonial collecting and display : encounters with material culture from the Andaman and Nicobar islands/ Claire Wintle.

New York ; Oxford : Berghahn Books, c2013

A 1 o WIN


Hunter-gatherer behavior : human response during the Younger Dryas / edited by Metin I. Eren

Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, c2012.

A 3 o ERE


Reassessing paleolithic subsistence : the Neandertal and modern human foragers of Saint-Césaire / Eugène Morin.

New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012

A 3 q MOR


The bioarchaeology of violence / edited by Debra L. Martin, Ryan P. Harrod, and Ventura R. Pérez ; foreword by Clark Spencer Larsen

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2012

A 7A o MAR


Ancient ice mummies / James H. Dickson

Stroud, Gloucestershire : The History Press, 2011

A 7 o DIC



Hundert Meisterwerke : die schönsten Geotope Bayerns / Redaktion : Ulrich Lagally

Augsburg : Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, 2012

P 72L q LAG


Paleontologicheskiĭ Myzeĭ imeni IU. A. Orlova / [otv. red. A.V. Lopatin]

Moskva : PIN RAN, 2012

GM 069.5:562(470) ORL



Atlas sosudistykh rasteniĭ Tadzhikistana = Atlas roślin naczyniowych Tadżykistanu. Czesc 1 / Arkadiusz Nowak ... [et al.] ; [tłumaczenie na j. rosysjki Elena Jagt-Yazykova]

Opole : Stowarzyszenie Ochrony Przyrody BIOS : Studio Impreso Przemysław Biliczak, 2008.

B 581.9(584.5) NOW


Atlas of Vascular Plants of Tadjikistan. Part 2 / Marcin Nobis ... []

Opole ; Kraków : Institute of Botany Jagiellonian University [etc.], 2011.

B 581.9(584.5) NOW


Atlas of Vascular Plants of Tadjikistan. Part 3 / Arkadiusza Nowak ... [et al.]

Opole ; Kraków : Institute of Botany Jagiellonian University [etc.], 2011.

B 581.9(584.5) NOW


The Three-Legged Society : the lives of the Westmorland naturalists, collectors and friends, George Stabler, James M. Barnes and Joseph A. Martindale / by Ian D. Hodkinson and Allan Steward.

[Lancaster] : Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University, 2012.

B 92 HOD


Dionaea : the Venus's flytrap / Tim Bailey, Stewart McPherson.

Poole, Dorset, England : Redfern Natural History Productions, 2012.

B 582.4P61 BAI


The code decoded : a user's guide to the international code of nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants / Nicholas Turland.

Königstein, Germany : Koeltz Scientific Books, 2013.



Les familles des plantes à fleurs d'Europe : Botanique systémique et utilitaire / Philippe Martin ; preface de Jacques Lambinon

Namur : Presses universitaires de Namur, 2013.




A taxonomic atlas of the Eurasian and North African Noctuoidea. Vol.6, Noctuinae I / Zoltán Varga, Péter Gyulai, László Ronkay, & Gábor Ronkay

Budapest : Heterocera Press, 2013.




Expressions : from Darwin to contemporary arts / editor Bergit Arends

London : Natural History Museum, 2009.



Food webs / Kevin S. McCann.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.

L 10E o MCC


Energetic food webs : an analysis of real and model ecosystems / John C. Moore, Peter C. De Ruiter.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.

L 10E o MOO


The Biocidal Products and Chemicals (Appointment of Authorities and Enforcement) Regulations 2013

[London] : Stationery Office, 2013

L 72Aa q GRE


Results of a monitoring survey of bog woodland / John Cross and Deidre Lynn

Dublin : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2013.

L 72Ac q NAT


A survey of the benthic macrophytes of three hard-water lakes : Lough Bunny, Lough Carra and Lough Owel / Cilian Roden and Paul Murphy

[Dublin] : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2013.

L 72Ac q NAT


Results of a monitoring survey of old sessile oak woods and alluvial forests / Fionnuala H. O'Neill and Simon J. Barron

Dublin : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2013.

L 72Ac q NAT


Rastitel'nyĭ i zhivotnyĭ Mir Ostrov Severo-Zapadnoĭ chasti Tikhogo okeana / otv. red. S. IU. Storozhenko

Vladivostok : Dal'nauka, 2012.

L 73A o RUS


The innovative museum : it's Up to You...

Edinburgh ; Cambridge, Mass. : MuseumsETC, 2013

L 84 o INN


Coded chimera : exploring relationships between sculptural form making and biological morphogenisis through computer modelling / Bruce Gernand, Alan Blackwell, Norman MacLeod

[S.l.] : Crucible Network, 2011

L 93 q GER


Atlas of benthic foraminifera / Ann Holbourn, Andrew S. Henderson, and Norman MacLeod




Meteoriten : Zeitzeugen der Entstehung des Sonnensystems = Meteorites : witnesses of the origin of the solar system / Franz Brandstätter, Ludovic Ferrière, Christian Köberl ; [transl.: Christian Köberl]

Wien : Verlag des Naturhistorisches Museums, 2013.

M 523.68 BRA


Indien : Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten / Berthold Ottens

München : Christian Weise Verlag ; 2011.

M (540) OTT



North American freshwater mussels : natural history, ecology, and conservation / Wendell R. Haag

Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012

Z 10F q HAA


Stung! : on jellyfish blooms and the future of the ocean / Lisa-Ann Gershwin ; with a foreword by Sylvia Earle.

Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013

Z 45A o GER


The Quaternary of the Monadhliath Mountains and the Great Glen : field guide / edited by Clare M. Boston, Sven Lukas and Jon W. Merritt

Coventry : Quaternary Research Association, c2013

Z 72Ab o BOS


Biota rossiĭskikh vod I͡Aponskogo mori͡a. Tom 1, Rakoobraznye (Vetvistousye, Tonkopantsirnye, Mizidy, Evfauziidy) i Morske Pauki, chast' 2 / A. V. Adrianov (ed.)

Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2007

Z 73A q BIO Vol. 1, pt. 2


Brakhiopody i Foronidy = Brachiopoda and Phoronida / O. N. Zezina, E. N. Temereva, A. V. Adrianov (ed.)

Vladivostok : Dalnauka, 2005.

Z 73I q ADR


Ravnonogie Raki (Isopoda) Chast' (Isopoda). Part 1 / O.A. Golovan, M.V. Maliutina, A. V. Chernyshev

Vladivostok : Dalnauka, 2010.

Z 73I q CHE


The effects of noise on aquatic life / Arthur N. Popper, Anthony Hawkins, editors.

New York : Springer, c2012.

Z 87 o INT


Seguimiento de <Algyroides marchi> : Informe final / Miguel A. Carretero ... et al.

Adrid : Asociación Herpetologica Española Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino, 2010.



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Painted caves : palaeolithic rock art in western Europe / Andrew J. Lawson

A 3A o LAW


The Augustinian nunnery of St. Mary Clerkenwell, London : excavations 1974-96 / Barney Sloane

London : Museum of London Archaeology, 2012.

A 3 q SLO


'He being dead yet speaketh' : excavations at three post-medieval burial grounds in Tower Hamlets, East London, 2004-10 / Michael Henderson, Adrian Miles and Don Walker with Brian Connell and Robin Wroe Brown

London : Museum of London Archaeology, c2013.

A 6B q HEN


Disease in London, 1st-19th centuries : an illustrated guide to diagnosis / Don Walker ; photography by Andy Chopping and Edwin Baker

London : Museum of London Archaeology, 2012.

A 7F q WAL


Ancestors in Borneo societies : death, transformation, and social immortality / edited by Pascal Couderc and Kenneth Sillander.

Copenhagen : NIAS Press, 2012.

A 87 o COU




Rhinoceros giants : the paleobiology of Indricotheres / Donald R. Prothero

P 15C o PRO


Palaeobiology of Middle Paleozoic marine brachiopods : a case study of extinct organisms in classical paleontology / Rituparna Bose

Cham [Germany] ; New York : Springer, 2013.

P 36 o BOS


Geologie im Rheinischen Schiefergebirge. Teil 2, Bergishches Land / Karl-Heinz Ribbert ; mit beiträgen von Hans Baumgarten ... [et al.]

Krefeld : Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2012.

P 72L o RIB




Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon : footsteps in the forest / Sandra Knapp

London : Natural History Museum, 2013.



Call them the happy years : an autobiography by Barbara Everard from her typewritten account of the years from 1910 to1952 / transcribed and abridged by Martin Everard.

Peterborough : FastPrint Pub., 2011.

B 92 EVE


Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Family Magnoliaceae, 5-8 May 2009, Guangzhou, China / edited by Xia Nian-He ... [et al.].

Wuhan, China : Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press, 2012.

B 582.4P4 XIA Q


The Tradescants' orchard : the mystery of a seventeenth-century painted fruit book / Barrie Juniper & Hanneke Grootenboer.

Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2013.

B 7.043 JUN Q


Flora exotica of Jammu and Kashmir / B.L. Bhellum, Rani Magotra, Vir Jee.

New Delhi : Gyan Pub. House, 2013.

B 581.9(54) BHE


Jean-Jacques Rousseau and botany : the salutary science / Alexandra Cook.

Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, 2012.





The meadow brown butterflies : a study in genetics, morphology and evolution / George Thomson

Waterbeck : George Thomson, 2011.





Evolution : making sense of life / Carl Zimmer, Douglas J. Emlen

Greenwood Village, CO : Roberts and Company Publishers, 2013.

L 9D o ZIM


The legacy of a Red Hills hunting plantation : Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy / Robert L. Crawford and William R. Brueckheimer ; with editorial contributions by William Warren Rogers.

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2012.

L 65B q CRA


Problemy i perspektyvy rozvytku muzeïv vishchykh nachalʹnykh zakladiv Ukraïny  : materialy 2-go Kruhloho stolu (Kyïv, 23-24 lystopada 2007 r.) / [vidpovidalʹnyĭ redaktor S. M. Khovrych]

Kyïv: Derzhavnyĭ politekhnichnyĭ muzeĭ, 2007.

L 84 o PRO


SPNHC Strategic Plan January 2013

[S.l.] : SPNHC, 2013

L 84 q SOC


Muséum d'histoire naturelle du Havre

Le Havre : Ville du Havre, 2000.

L 85 q HAV


Information resource description : creating and managing metadata / Philip Hider

London : Facet, 2012



Wildlife Photographer of the Year : the masters of nature photography / Jim Brandenburg ... et al.

London : Natural History Museum, 2013.



State of Nature

[S.l. : s.n.], 2013.





Zarenschätze : Mineralien & Fundstellen in Russland, Armenien, Aserbaidschan, Georgien, Kasachstan, Kirgistan, Tadschikistan, Turkmenistan, Usbekistan, Weissrussland und in der Ukraine / Peter Kolesar, Jaromir Tvrdý ; unter Mitarbeit von Rainer Bode und Steffen Jahn

Haltern : Bode, 2006.

M 553.3/.9 KOL


Apatite : the great pretender / contributors, Michael Bainbridge ... [et al.] ; editors, John Rakovan and Gloria A. Staebler with Donald A. Dallaire and David W. Bunk ; illustrators, Tina Alves ... [et al.].

Denver, Colo. : Lithographie, Ltd., 2013.

M 553.641 BAI




Swordfish : a biography of the ocean gladiator / Richard Ellis.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013

Z 22 o ELL


Mating and ecology of <Hydromedusa tectifera> (Testudines - Chelidae) in the polluted Pinheiros River Sao Paulo Brazil : field methodology, evolution and conservation

Sao Paulo : Edição do autor, 2012



Les rainettes du Cameroun (Amphibiens Anoures) / Jean-Louis Amiet

Nyons : J.-L. Amiet ; Saint-Nazaire (26 Av. de la Havane, 44600) : la Nef des livres, impr. 2012 Impr. Marque déposée).



Tortoises, terrapins and turtles of Africa / Bill Branch

Cape Town : Struik, 2008.



Amphibians of East Africa / Alan Channing and Kim M. Howell.

Ithaca, New York ; Frankfurt ; London  : Edition Chimaira/Cornell University Press, 2006.



Amphibians and reptiles of Texas : with keys, taxonomic synopses, bibliography, and distribution maps / James R. Dixon ; photographs by Toby J. Hibbitts.

College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2013.



Les chauves-souris de Madagascar : guide de leur distribution, biologie et identification / Steven M. Goodman ; illustrations de Velizar Simeonovski.

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2011.



Contributo alla conoscenza della malacofauna del Golfo di Gabès (Tunisia) / Alberto Cecalupo, Giovanni Buzzurro e Mauro Mariani

Milano : Acquario Civico e Stazione Idrobiologica, c2008

Z 74Ac o CEC


Phylogeography and population genetics in Crustacea / edited by Christoph Held, Stefan Koenmann, Christoph D. Schubart

Boca Raton, Florida : Taylor & Francis Group, 2011



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Forensic recovery of human remains : archaeological approaches / Tosha L. Dupras ... [et al.].

Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012

A 6B o DUP


Curating human remains : caring for the dead in the United Kingdom / edited by Myra Giesen

Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2013

A 6B o GIE




The age of reptiles : the art and science of Rudolph Zallinger's great dinosaur mural at Yale / compiled and edited by Rosemary Volpe ; with contributions by Rudolph F. Zallinger, Vincent Scully, and the staff of the Yale Peabody Museum

New Haven, Conn. : Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 2007.

P 20e q VOL




Art of nature [Chinese] / Judith Magee

[S.l.] : Chinese National Geography Books, 2013.

B 7.043 MAG


Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges. 2 : daisies, heaths, peas, saltbushes, sundews, wattles and other shrubby and herbaceous dicotyledons / Enid Mayfield

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.

B 581.9(945) MAY


Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 107, Fabaceae / A. Rosa Olvera-Luna, Susana Gama- López, Alfonso Delgado-Salinas

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 102, Bacillariophyta Hustedt / Eberto Novelo

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 106, Hydrangeaceae Dumort. / Emmanuel Pérez- Calix

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 105, Phytolaccaceae R. Br. / Lorena Villanueva Almanza

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 104, Bignoniaceae Juss. / Esteban Martínez, Clara Hilda Ramos

México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, 2012.

B 581.9(79P9) SOU


Flora Zambesiaca. Volume 8, Part 5 / edited by Jonathan Timberlake & E. S. Martins

Kew : Published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for the Flora Zambesiaca Managing Committee, 2013.

B 581.9(689) EXE


Rory McEwen : colours of reality / edited by Martin Rix.

Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.

B 7.043 MCE Q




Mutation : the history of an idea from Darwin to genomics / Elof Axel Carlson

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, c2011

L 10H o CAR


Exploring the landscape of the National Forest : a walkers' guide to the landscape and natural environment of the National Forest / Keith Ambrose ... [et al].

Nottingham : British Geological Survey, 2012.

L 72Aa o NAT


Alfred Russel Wallace's 1886-1887 travel diary : the North American lecture tour / edited by Charles H. Smith and Megan Derr ; with a preface by Michael Shermer

Manchester, UK : Siri Scientific Press ; c2013.

L 96A o WAL


Practical digital preservation : a how-to guide for organizations of any size / Adrian Brown.

London : Facet, 2013



A dictionary of environment and conservation.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.



The Cambridge encyclopedia of Darwin and evolutionary thought / edited by Michael Ruse.

Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013





Peru : paradise of minerals / Jaroslav Hyršl ... et al.

Lima : Museum Andrés del Castillo, 2010.

M (85) HYR


Minerals of the lead and zinc ore deposit Mežica / Aleksander Rečnik

Ljubljana : Jožef Stefan Institute, 2010.

M 553.8(497.12)


Amethyst : Uruguay - two centuries of amethyst mining / Reinhard Balze, Peter Masberg

München : Christian Weise, 2008.

M (899) BAL




Atlas der Brutvögel in Hamburg und Umgebung : Kartierungen im Rahmen des bundeswiten Atlasprojecktes "ADEBAR" / von Alexander Mitschke

Hamburg : Arbeitskreis an der Staatlichen Vogelschutzwarte Hamburg", 2012

ORNITHOLOGY S 1318                     


Australian bird names : a complete guide / by Ian  Fraser and Jeannie Gray.

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 98 FRA                     


Catching the bug : a Sound Approach guide to the birds  of Poole Harbour / [text:] Mark Constantine, Nick Hopper & The Sound Approach ; [maps: Cecilia Bosman ;  photogr.: Nick Hopper ... et al. ; text ed.: Magnus  Robb ... et al.].

Poole : The Sound Approach, 2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/11 CON                


Hornbills of the world : a photographic guide / Pilai Poonswad, Alan Kemp, Morten Strange, photography by Tim Laman and others.

Singapore : Draco Publishing, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(5) POO                  


Looking for the Goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson

London : Bloomsbury, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(1F) JAM                 


The man who saved the whooping crane : the Robert  Porter Allen story / Kathleen Kaska.

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A ALL                    


More than birds : adventurous lives of North American  naturalists / Val Shushkewich.

Toronto : Dundurn, [2012], ©2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 96 SHU                     


Rare birds of the Canary Islands : Aves raras de las Islas Canarias / Eduardo García-del-Rey & Francisco Javier García Vargas

Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 78 GAR                     


State of Nature

[S.l. : s.n.], 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 72A ROY                    


Understanding the role of avian vectors in the spread of <Phytophthora ramorum> / E. Coleman & J.A. Clark

Thetford, United Kingdom : British Trust for Ornithology, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


Waterbirds on English Sites of Special Scientific  Interest : A review of the use made by non-breeding waterbirds of the English SSSI network / N.A. Calbrade, A.J. Musgrove & G.E. Austin

Thetford, United Kingdom : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


El mosquitero ibérico / Nacho Rodríguez Martínez, Javier García Fernández, José Luis Copete (coordinadores) [The Iberian Chiffchaff]

León : Grupo Ibérico de Anillamiento, 2013.



Eggs and physiology through the evolution of amniotes / Maximilian T. Stockdale

[Bristol :University of Bristol, 2013.]





Les Carnivora de Madagascar / Steven M. Goodman

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2012.

Z 17D o GOO


Threatened Animals of Japanese Tidal Flats : Red Data Book of Seashore Benthos / Japanese Association of Benthology

Toaki University Press, Hadano 2012

Z 73I q JAP


A celebration of birds : C.G. Finch-Davies's final album of southern African birds.

Johannesburg : Natural History Books, c1990.

Z 88 f FIN


The biology of squat lobsters / editors: Gary C.B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Joanne Taylor

Boca Raton, Florida : Taylor & Francis Group, 2011



Decapod crustacean phylogenetics / edited by Joel W. Martin, Keith A. Crandall, Darryl L. Felder.

Boca Raton, Fla.; London : CRC Press, 2009



Les petits mammifères de Madagascar : guide de leur distribution, biologie et identification / Voahangy Soarimalala & Steven M. Goodman ; illustrations de Velizar Simeonovski.

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2011.



Amphibians and Reptiles / Trevor J.C. Beebee

Exeter : Pelagic Publishing, 2013.



Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana / Donald G. Broadley, Roger Blaylock

Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira, 2013.






Drawings collection of Olivia Frances Tonge (1858-1949)


by Lisa Atalla, Information Assistant


Olivia Fanny Tonge (nee Fitzmaurice) was born in Glamorganshire in 1858. Her Father, Lewis Roper Fitzmaurice (b.1816, London), a mate and assistant surveyor on the H.M.S Beagle under John Lort Stokes was a keen naturalist and painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes. Many of his watercolours were used to illustrate Captain Lort Stokes’ book ‘Discovery in Australia… Voyage of H.M.S Beagle 1837-43’ (London, 1846).



NHM Image number: 043082




It was from her father that Olivia’s interest in travel and love of nature probably stemmed- although, it has been said he did not have much confidence in her as a painter, being unaware that her inability to draw landscapes was due to being short sighted rather than lack of talent. As a consequence, Olivia’s watercolours were small scale, focussing on flowers, bird and reptiles- things that she could see in detail close up.







At the age of 19, Olivia married Dinely Fowler Tonge, with whom she had two daughters- Blanche and Ermin. At this point she gave up painting, spending time on other creative pursuits. This included writing articles for her friend the Reverend J. G. Wood’s publication ‘The Animal World’ and books such as ‘Petland Revisited’ as well as woodcarving, metalwork, singing, dress design and embroidery.

After her husband died, Olivia had to earn money to support her daughters, and became the needle work editor of ‘Hearth and Home’ for many years. She didn't begin painting again until her eldest daughter began to paint landscapes and portraits.


NHM Image number: 043080




In 1908, at the age of 50, Olivia embarked on the first of her two trips to India alone. In the preface to her sketchbooks a passage entitled ’Curious Fragment’ shows the determination and independence this would have required .Tonge3.jpg



“And it came to pass that a certain Grandmother, when that she had come to nigh on two score years and ten; and had gotten long in the tooth, spake to herself thus.- Lo, will I now paint… and verily no man mote stop her”

The 16 sketch books, donated to the Natural History Museum Library in 1952 each contain around 30 pages of annotated watercolours made in Sindh, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Mussoorie, Luknow, Karsiyang, Karachi and various other places across India and Pakistan- spanning both of Olivia’s trips in 1908-1910 and 1912-1913.


NHM Image number: 043090







Unusually, Olivia included cultural elements to her drawings, including people, local jewellery, toys, methods of transport (including working animals) and even local sweets.




The pages were crowded with annotations and intertwining paintings of differing subjects. She depicted local people alongside the local flora and fauna, perhaps showing how the culture of the area is influenced by the natural world around them - and certainly making nature and science more accessible to the non-scientific community at home, who had an interest in the exotic.

Olivia’s annotations were charming and personal- not at all scientific, such as- “ A Mussoorie Black Crested Myna, a very friendly bird with a beautiful song”. The colours she used reflected the vibrancy and richness of the country she travelled in and the experience she was documenting.




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In 1913, on her return from India, Olivia again stopped painting- instead, taking up gardening.  She died in Lincoln at the age of 90.



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