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The Images of Nature art gallery has reopened with the new collection of Indian artwork for 2013.


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Our Item of the Month blog will focus specifically on this new display. But in the meantime come a take a look for yourself and let us know what you think. The gallery has a new theme each year and within the year artwork is changed every three months. So there is always something new to catch your eye!


My favourite new addition is the pangolin!


As well as the watercolours, there are interactive touch screens enabling you to learn more about the collections and the importance of art to science.


Sunoj D a contemporary artist was invited to interpret the historical collections and create his own works, these can be seen alongside the NHM Library collections in the gallery.


Also included in the gallery are oil paintings and a full sized reproduction of the William Smith geological map.


Find out more about the gallery


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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 past : world prehistory & the development of human societies / edited by Chris Scarre.
London : Thames & Hudson, c2013.
A 3 q HUM


The archaeology of the dead : lectures in archaeothanatology / Henri Duday ; translated by Anna Maria Cipriani and John Pearce.
Oxford : Oxbow Books ; Oakville, CT : David Brown Book Co., c2009.
A 6B o DUD



Shore processes and their palaeoenvironmental applications [electronic resource] / by Edward J. Anthony.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2009.
P 10 o ANT


Quaternary coral reef systems : history, development processes and controlling factors / by L.F. Montaggioni and C.J.R. Braithwaite.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2009
P 45 o MON


Atlas zonal'nykh kompleksov vedushchikh grupp rannepaleontozoiskoi fauny severa Rossii : graptolity, trilobity/ avtory, I. IA. Gogin ... [et al.]
Sankt-Peterburg : Izdatel'stvo VSEGEI, 1997
P 72Z o ATL


Global sedimentology of the ocean : an interplay between geodynamics and paleoenvironment / Christian M. Robert.
Oxford, UK : Elsevier, 2009.
P 81 o ROB




Jiadaoli nong chang ji zhi wu yuan zhi wu dao shang tu ce / bian ji Lei Songyu ... [et al.] = Pictorial guide book of KFBG plants / editors, Joanne Loi ... [et al.].
Xianggang : Jiadaoli nong chang ji zhi wu yuan, 2005.
B 58.006 KAD LOI


Contesting Páramo : critical biogeography of the northern Andean Highlands / Fausto O. Sarmiento.
Charlotte, N.C. : Kona Pub. and Media Group, 2012.
B 581.9(8) SAR


A catalogue of Irish seaweeds / by Michael D. Guiry.
Ruggell, Liechtenstein : Gantner, 2012.
B ALGAE 582.26(261) GUI


50 years of mapping the British and Irish flora 1962-2012 / Michael Braithwaite & Kevin Walker ; with contributions from Ken Adams ... [et al.]
London : Botanical Society of the British Isles, 2012.


Flora of Taiwan, Selaginellaceae / Ho-Ming Chang, Wen-Liang Chiou, Jenn-Che Wang.
Nantou, Taiwan : Endemic Species Research Institute, 2012.
B FERNS 582.35(51) ZHA


Monograph of Moranopteris (Polypodiaceae) / by Regina Yoshie Hirai and Jefferson Prado.
[Washington, DC] : American Fern Society, 2012.
B FERNS 582.35P211 HIR



Second supplement to A bibliography of Irish entomology / compiled by James P. O'Connor.
Dublin : Irish Biogeographical Society, 2012.
E 97 o OCO


A taxonomic study on the genus Asiopodabrus (Coleoptera, Cantharidae) of Japan / Kazuhiro Takahashi
Matsuyama, Japan : Japanese Society of Systematic Entomology, 2012


The state of Britain's larger moths 2013 / R. Fox et al
Wareham, Dorset : Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research, 2013.



Proceedings, International Symposium on Assessment and Monitoring of Forests in Tropical Dry Regions with Special Reference to Gallery Forests : held November 4-7, 1996, Brasília, Brazil.
Brasília : University of Brasilia, 1997.
L 10E o INT


Wildlife & climate change : towards robust conservation strategies for Australian fauna / edited by Daniel Lunney and Pat Hutchings
Mosman, N.S.W. : Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 2012.
L 65B q LUN


Ecological biomarkers : indicators of ecotoxicological effects / edited by Claude Amiard-Triquet, Jean-Claude Amiard, Philip S. Rainbow.
L 66C q ECO


The discoverers of the Fiji Islands: Tasman, Cook, Bligh, Wilson, Bellinghausen/ by G. C. Henderson.
London: J. Murray, [1933]
L 70 o HEN


Museum revolutions : how museums change and are changed / edited by Simon J. Knell, Suzanne MacLeod and Sheila Watson.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2007.
L 84 o KNE


Museums in the material world / edited by Simon J. Knell
London : Routledge, 2007.
L 84 o KNE


Museum management and marketing / edited by Richard Sandell and Robert R. Janes
London : Routledge, 2007.
L 84 o SAN


Official guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Books, c2004.
L 85 o SMI




Diversity of hydrothermal systems on slow spreading ocean ridges / Peter A. Rona ... [et al.], editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, c2010.
M 551.242.2 RON


The subseafloor biosphere at mid-ocean ridges / William S.D. Wilcock ... [et al.], editors.
Washington, DC : American Geophysical Union, 2004.
M 551.242.2 WIL


Ornithology (Tring)

The birds of Durham / edited by Keith Bowey and Mark Newsome ; species texts by Paul Anderson ... [et al.] ; with the editorial assistance of Tony Armstrong ... [et al.].
[Durham] : Durham Bird Club, 2012.


Encyclopedia of pigeon breeds, by Wendell M. Levi.
Jersey City, T. F. H. Publications [c1965]


Maori bird lore : an introduction / Murdoch Riley.
Paraparaumu, N.Z. : Viking Sevenseas, 2001.
ORNITHOLOGY 3A RIL                     




Investigating animal burials : ritual, mundane and beyond / James Morris
Oxford : British Archaeological Reports, 2011.
Z 3A q MOR


Ecologia de pescadores artesanais da Baía de Ilha Grande/ Alpina Bogossi ...[et al.]
São Carlos: RiMA Editora, 2010
Z 76D o ECO


Shells of Antarctica / Winfried Engl
Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks, 2012.


A monograph on the Phyllobothriidae (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) : tapeworms of elasmobranchs. Part III / by Timothy R. Ruhnke
Lincoln, Neb. : University of Nebraska State Museum, 2011


CARE AND DISPLAY OF BOOKS WORKSHOP - Monday 15th April 2013. The Natural History Museum, London. *LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE*


This workshop introduces the key elements of good practice for the care and display of books through a series of presentations, videos and practical sessions.  This introductory course, led by NHM  Library staff, is suitable for Library staff and Archivists and all those with responsibility for book collections.



Subjects included in the workshop:


•         Threats to Library collections

•         The structure of books

•         Book curation

•         Basic book repair

•         Bindings: materials and spine structures

•         Temporary book display



Venue: Natural History Museum

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm.


The course fee of £175 includes tea, coffee and lunch. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements.



Please contact us for a booking form:


Kouroush Sharifi

Library & Archives

The Natural History Museum


Audit closure March 2013: The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors from 18th – 22nd March 2013. We will re-open to external visitors on Tuesday 26th March.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


It is your last chance to see the First Fleet artwork currently on display in our Images of Nature gallery. The gallery closes from Monday 25th February and reopens on Wednesday 27th February with a brand NEW theme.


Indian artwork will be the theme for the next year, and every three months the artwork on display will be changed. This enables visitors to see other examples from our sizeable collection and allows us to protect our collections from any potential environmental damage such as light or temperature.


There will be a blog in March all about the forthcoming theme and examples of the items to be displayed, but in the meantime here is an taster to wet your appetite!




Amorphophallus bulbifer, voodoo lily

NHM Picture Library image reference: 040242


Plate 1109 from the Fleming Indian Drawings Collection, c. 1795-1805.


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



Piltdown : 100 years on : abstract book / convenor : Richard T.J. Moody
Geological Society of London 2012.
A 1A q MOO


Atlas of developmental field anomalies of the human skeleton : a paleopathology perspective / Ethne Barnes.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
A 7A q BAR


DNA for archaeologists / Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith and K. Ann Horsburgh.
Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, 2012.
A 8 o MAT


Nonmetric Traits and the Detection of Family Groups in Archaeological Remains
[S.l.] : Arizona State University, 2006




Rytu¸ Europos platformos pietvakarinio pakrašcio Ordoviko Baseino sedimentacines sa¸lygos ir nuosedu¸ litogeneze = The sedimentation environments of the Ordovician basin in the south-western margin of the East European Platform and lithogenesis of deposits / Jevlampijus Laškovas.
Vilnius : Geologijos institutas, 2000.
P 11 o LAS


Ordovician : biostratigraphic chart and explanatory notes / compiled by B.D. Webby & Robert S. Nicoll ; with contributions by J.R. Laurie ... [et al.].
[Canberra] : Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology & Geophysics, [1989]
P 12J q ORD


Biological and geological processes of the Cambrian explosion / Maoyan Zhu, Michael Steiner, guest editors.
Beijing ; London ; Philadelphia : Science in China Press : Taylor & Francis, 2004.
P 12K q BIO


New aspects of Mesozoic biodiversity / Saswati Bandyopadhyay, editor.
Heidelberg ; London : Springer, 2010.
P 15P o BAN


Third international conference on trilobites and their relatives : abstracts of oral presentations and posters : 2 - 6 April, 2001, University of Oxford, UK
[S.l. : s.n., 2001]
P 30A o INT


Zhongguo de san ye chong. [vol. 2]/ Lu Yanhao [deng bian zhu].

Trilobites of China
Peking, Ke xue chu ban she, 1965.
P 73L q ZHO




Flora of China. Vol 19, Cucurbitaceae through Valerianaceae with Annonaceae and Berberidaceae / Wu Zhengyi, Peter H. Raven, Hong Deyuan
Beijing : Science Press ; St Louis, Miss. : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2011.
B 581.9(51) FLO Q


Flórula da Fazenda São Maximiana, Guaíba, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil / Nelson Ivo Matzenbacher ... [et al.]
Bagé, Brazil : EDIURCAMP, 2011.
B 581.9(81) MAT


The vegetation of Georgia (South Caucasus) / George Nakhutsrishvili.
Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2013.
B 581.9(580P1) NAK


Genomic insights into the biology of algae / volume editor: Gwenaël Piganeau
London : Academic Press, 2012.
B ALGAE 582.26 PIG





Insect photography : art and techniques / John Bebbington.
Ramsbury : Crowood, 2012.
E 83 o BEB


A world catalogue of Chironomidae (Diptera). Part 2, Orthocladiinae / compiled by Patrick Ashe, James P. O'Connor.
Dublin : Irish Biogeographical Society in association with the National Museum of Ireland, 2012.
E DIPTERA A.51 Sect. A.
E DIPTERA A.51 Sect. B.




Plant desiccation tolerance / Ulrich Lüttge, Erwin Beck, Dorothea Bartels, editors.
Berlin ; Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, 2011.
L 10E o ECO


Forensic ecology handbook : from crime scene to court / edited by Nicholas Márquez-Grant and Julie Roberts.
Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
L 65C o FOR


Marine pharmacognosy : trends and applications / Se-Kwon Kim.
Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2012.
L 69 q KIM


An assessment of the use of conifer plantations by the Kerry slug <Geomalacus maculosus> with reference to the potential impacts of forestry operations / Inga Reich, Kim O'Meara, Rory Mc Donnell and Mike Gormally
Dublin : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2012.
L 72Ac q NAT


Adhesives and consolidants in painting conservation / editors, Angelina Barros D'Sa ... [et al.].
London : Archetype, 2012
L 81 o BAR


The museum experience revisited / John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking.
Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, 2012.
L 84 o FAL


Climate dynamics : why does climate vary? / De-Zheng Sun, Frank Bryan, editors.
Washington, D.C. : American Geophysical Union, 2010.
L 86 q SUN


Encyclopedia of modern coral reefs : structure, form and process / edited by David Hopley.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2011
L REFERENCE B 551.438.23 ENC



Ornithology (Tring)


The dodo and the solitaire : a natural history / Jolyon C. Parish.
Indiana University Press, [2012], 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 88 PAR                     


Von Berlepsch, zwei Ornithologen aus Hessen und Thüringen : Hans Hermann Graf v. Berlepsch (1850-1915) und Dr. Sittich Hans Freiherr v. Berlepsch (1857-1933) ; ihr Einfluss auf die Ornithologie von heute ; Arbeit und Wirken der beiden Ornithologen mit kritischen Anmerkungen aus heutiger Sicht ; dazu eine Darstellung der Geschichte der Familie / Wolfram Brauneis.
[Biography of two ornithologists names von Berlepsch, and their influence on ornithological work today]
Waldkappel-Bischhausen : Historische Gesellschaft des Werralandes, 2007.
ORNITHOLOGY 96A BER                    




New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Vol. 3, Kingdoms Bacteria, Protozoa, Chromista, Plantae, Fungi / edited by Dennis P. Gordon.
Christchurch, N.Z. : Canterbury University Press, 2012.
Z 77D q NEW vol. 3


Otters / Paul Chanin ; illustrations by Guy Troughton.
Stansted, Essex : Whittet, 2013


<Succinea> of Poland
Bursztynki Polski : (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Succineidae) / Maria Jackiewicz.
Poznan : Kontekst, 2003.


Qi cai hai kuo yu : tai wan de luo sai dong wu = Taiwan nudibranchs / Jie Weibang, Zhan Jingyao zuo ; Wu Xigui shen gao.
Ping dong xian che cheng xiang : Hai sheng guan, 2009[Minguo 98].


Shells of Antarctica / Winfried Engl
Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks, 2012.


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



Ordovician of the world / Gutierrez-Marco, Juan Carlos
Madrid: Instituto Geológico y Minero de Espana, 2011
P 15K o GUT


The Trilobite Affair / McBirney, Alexander R.
Eugene, Or.: Bostok Press, 2005
P 73L o MCB


Venezuela paleontológica : evolución de la biodiversidad en el pasado geológico / Sánchez-Villagra, Marcelo R.
[Zürich]: M. R. Sánchez-Villagra, 2012
P 76C o VEN


Geology at the University of Kansas: the first century (1866-1966) and a bit beyond / Merriam, Daniel Francis
[Lawrence, Kan.]: University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology and Paleontological Institute ; Distributed by the Paleonotological Institute, University of Kansas, 2009
P 85 o KAN


Paläontologie: 100 Jahre Paläontologische Gesellschaft / Martin, Thomas
München: Pfeil, 2012
P 3 q PAL





Conservation of plant diversity, international scientific symposium, 16-19 May 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova = Conservarea diversita?ii plantelor, simpozion ?tiin?ific international, 16-19 mai 2012, Chi?inau, Republica Moldova.
Chi?inau : Academia de ?tiin?e a Moldovei, Gradina Botanica (Institut) ; Ia?i, România : Universitatea,,Al. I. Cuza" Gradina Botanica, A. Fatu", 2012.
B 502.7 CON


The Cape orchids : a regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape Floristic Region / William R. Liltved, Steven D. Johnson.
Cape Town : Sandstone Editions, 2012.
B 582.4P169 LIL F


Rare, relict and endangered plants and fungi in Poland / edited by Zbigniew Mirek & Agnieszka Nikel [eds.].
Kraków : W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, 2009.


The evolution of plant form / edited by Barbara A. Ambrose, Michael D. Purugganan.
Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
B 576.1 AMB


A glance at the wild flowers of Iranian Mountains / Jalil Noroozi.
[S. l.] : Karim Khan Zand Publication, 2010.
B 581.9(55) NOR


Ausbrietung klimasensitiver ergasiophygophytischer Gehölzsippen in urbanen Wäldern im Ruhrgebiet / Ingo Hetzel
[Climate-sensitive woody plant propagation in urban forests in the Ruhr]
Berlin : J. Cramer, 2012.
B 634.9 HET


A manual of aquatic fungi (Chytridiomycetes & Oomycetes) / R.D. Khulbe.
Delhi : Daya Pub. House, 2001.
FUNGI 582.281 KHU



Advances in Hymenoptera research: Formicidae
China Scientific Book Services, 2012


Saturniidae mundi = Saturniid moths of the world : based on the collections of the Natural History Museum in London / D'Abrera, Bernard.
Melbourne: Hill House, 2012




In the light of evolution : essays from the laboratory and field / Losos, Jonathan B.
Greenwood Village, Colo.: Roberts and Co., 2011
L 9D q LOS


Conference abstracts : Second International Barcode of Life Conference, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 18-20 September 2007 / International Barcode of Life Conference (2nd : 2007 : Taipei, Taiwan)
L 15 q BAR


Amazonian floodplain forests : ecophysiology, biodiversity and sustainable management / Junk, Wolfgang J.
Dordrecht [Netherlands]; New York: Springer, 2010
L 76D o AMA


Mangroves of the South China Sea : ecology and human impacts on Indonesia's forests / Alongi, Daniel M.
Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science, 2012
L 77A o ALO


Galápagos : guía de los animales y las plantas en español = a guide to the animals and plants in English = ein Tier-und Pflanzenführer auf Deutsch / Sitwell, Nigel
Chichester: Wilmot Books, 2011
L 77G o SIT


Origins and evolution of life : an astrobiological perspective / Gargaud, Muriel.
Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011
L 88 o ORI


The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Vol. 5, Letters 1798-1801 / Chambers, Neil
London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012
L 96A o BAN


Rossetti's wombat : Pre-Raphaelites and Australian animals in Victorian London / Simons, John
[London]: Middlesex University Press, 2008
L 96A o ROS




The Earth : its birth and growth / Ojima, Minoru
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012
M 523.31 OZI


Biogeokhimiia uranovykh mestorozhdenii i metodicheskie osnovy ikh poiskov = Biogeochemistry of uranium deposits and methodological fundamentals of their prospecting / Kovalevsky, A. L.
Novosibirsk: Academic Publishing House "Geo", 2010
M 553.495 KOV




Coastal Marine Biodiversity and Bioresources of Vietnam and Adjacent Areas to the South China Sea / Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
Vladivostok, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Dalnauka, 2011
Z 73G o COA


Botniarki Europy : (Gastropoda : Pulmonata : Lymnaeidae) / Maria Jackiewicz.
Poznan : Kontekst, 2000


Monsters in the Library


by Lisa Di Tommaso (Special Collections Librarian)



Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) was a true Renaissance man who studied law, philosophy, logic and mathematics at the universities of Bologna and Padua. He was one of the great innovators of the study of nature during this period.


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Aldrovandi established one of the most acclaimed curiosity cabinets in European history, containing more than 18,000 specimens, according to his written description from 1595. He was a believer in observing the species of study and he was an advocate for accurate illustrations in natural history books. His aim was to accurately identify and describe as large an amount of animals, plants and minerals that was possible and with the advancement of travel, new plant species and animals were being discovered all the time.



He travelled as much as he could in order that he could observe species for himself. He had his own museum which was a centre of study and research for him and his students. His watercolour and tempera collection totalled 8,000. He would commission artists and hire painters, and he also received many drawings as gifts.



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Aldrovandi wrote roughly 400 volumes on natural history. Getting the work published was tougher though, and only a handful of his books were printed during his lifetime. One of the few was Monstrorum Historia: cum paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium, 1642 ("A history of monsters with the addition of the history of all animals"), a compendium of reported human and animal abnormalities.



The book includes accounts not only of malformed natural births but also of entirely imaginary monsters. Despite his dedication to scientific accuracy, this sort of juxtaposition was common at the time, since there was not as yet a distinction between the literary and the scientific. If a given monster had been described by previous authors it was considered proper and erudite to mention it, whether or not it was actually real.


Upon his death Aldrovandi’s museum was bequeathed to the city of Bologna and became the city’s first public museum.


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