Natural History Museum

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Want to find out more? Take a closer look at the finer details👇 (6/6)…y
The English oak makes an appearance, a tree that would have been full of meaning for the Victorian visitor. The oak is known for being a tough and long-living species, and its wood was used in the ships that made Britain a naval power for centuries. (5/6)
Native plants are mixed together with exotic species such as cacao and Banksia, an Australian shrub named after Sir Joseph Banks. (4/6)
Many of the plants have medicinal uses, and some, like cotton, tea and tobacco, were the plants that built the British Empire's economy. (3/6)
There are illustrations of fruit trees such as lemons and pears, drugs such as tobacco and opium poppies, and garden ornamentals such as rhododendrons, irises and sunflowers. 🌻 (2/6)M
Sure, Hope the blue whale is great, but have you looked beyond the skeleton to the ceiling? 👀 😍#HintzeHallll is home to 162 decorated panels, bathed in golden light and illustrated by hand, dating from when the Museum opened to the public in 1881. (1/6AE
Three of the UK's bumblebees are extinct - but we can stop that happening to the rest 🐝 No one habitat is enough to save these pollinators. But preserving a mix of wetlands, fields and gardens will help turn these declines around. Discover how �…75
Did you know that temperature can change the sex of a clutch of sea turtle eggs? For #WorldTurtleDay, Patrick Campbell, Senior Curator of Reptiles, explains what this could mean for these animals as the world continues to warm.
Most like a likely a pet released back into the wild, red-eared slider turtle is now among the world's 100 most invasive species due to their interbreeding, altering freshwater habitats and carrying pathogens. Learn more and see how you can help 👇
How does the pet trade impact the world's wildlife? When #WPY57's Henley Spiers photographed this turtle in the Aktun Ha cenote in Mexico, they didn't realise it was not a native Meso-American slider, but a red-eared slider (native to the USA and northeastern Mexico).
When Mount Nyiragongo erupted in 2021, it destroyed communities & uprooted some 400,000 people. A year on, and these communities are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Find in today's #NatureNews out how people live in the shadow of the volcano 👇…k
Book your ticket to save your seat for the evening. Entry into Dippy Returns: The nation's favourite dinosaur, and a free drink is included as part of every ticket.…
On 31 May Lucy will be discussing her new book Bitch: A revolutionary guide to sex, evolution and the female animal
Overturn outdated binary expectations at an event with Lucy Cooke, award-winning broadcaster and zoologist. Discover how sexism has distorted our understanding of animal behaviour, and the evolution that is now taking place to redefine the female species.
For #InternationalDayofBiologicalDiversity, we explore the story behind @EdsonVandeira's image of the burnt corpse of a yacare caiman. Highly commended @NHM_WPY, the photo captures the result of devastating fires in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland. #WPY57…
In the Museum's Wildlife Garden alone, more than 3,300 species have been identified since it opened in 1995. The #UrbanNatureProject will extend our gardens to double the area of native habitats within the grounds. Find out more 👇…3
We need biodiversity. It touches almost every aspect of our lives, from health to happiness. Biodiversity loss is as bad as climate change, but the solutions are linked. For #InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity, get up to speed on the issues 👇…L
Today is #InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity Biodiversity is the name we give to the variety of all life on Earth. But did you know that rich biodiversity can exist in urban areas, and can exceed that of the surrounding landscape? 🍃1
Happy Birthday Mary Anning! 🥳 The palaeontologist was born#OTDD in 1799, & today her statue has been unveiled in Lyme Regis! The campaign for the statue,@MaryAnningRockss, has worked for 4 years to give Anning recognition for her work collecting fossils on the Jurassic Coast.o
Even if all seems lost, it's not necessarily over. It may have taken 47 years, but the Diyarbakir loach was rediscovered by researchers after being assumed extinct. To paraphrase Jurassic Park, "Life finds a way" - but we have to give it a chance (7/7)…
Scientific knowledge is at the forefront of this 🔬 Despite there being fewer than 10 vaquita, research has shown their genetics are healthy enough to rebound. All it would take is just to stop catching them👇 (6/7)…ES
While things may look bleak, we can turn things around. Many species have come close to extinction, from the blue whale to the sea otter. But they've bounce back, with just a bit of help from us. Imagine what we could do if we chose to💡 (5/7)…6
On land and sea, humans are the leading cause of threats to wildlife. There are only about 330 North Atlantic right whales left after centuries of hunting 🐋 Collisions with ships and abandoned nets have driven the population to a historic low 👇 (4/7)…DM
This year, we found out how many reptiles are under threat🐊 21% are at risk of extinction, driven by habitat loss and persecution. If these species are lost, the equivalent of 15.6 billion years of evolutionary history will vanish (3/7)…j
The IUCN Red List is used to asses how vulnerable to extinction a species is 🪦 In 2019, scientists using the list's criteria estimated there are over one million threatened species. Biodiversity expert@AndyPurvisNHMM explains (2/7) �…5I
#DoYouKnow today is #EndangeredSpeciesDay? Around 28% of all wildlife is thought to be threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians and a quarter of mammals. Join us as we explore how the world got here, and what we can do to help the biodiversity crisis 👇 🧵 (1/7al
How will you be helping bees to flourish this #WorldBeeDay? Discover more about bees and get them buzzing to your outdoor spaces.…
Developing outdoor spaces to include a wider range of flowers is another way to help. Pollinator Seedboms contain a mix of seed- 95% of which are native to the UK, these biodegradable seedboms will lead to nectar-rich flowers, providing sites for bees to forage.
Habitat loss is one of the reasons why bees are facing a dramatic decline in the UK. Expanding farmland, the destruction of flower-rich habitats and many other threats have already caused some bees to become extinct, but there are ways we can help bees flourish.
With this cell, bees such as leafcutters or red masons are able to lay an egg at the back where it's solid then seal the entrance with mud or chewed vegetation, ready for the Spring when the offspring can get buzzing.
Now, have you ever heard of a bee cell? These small spaces create safe homes for solitary bees.
Recruited bees have been seen appearing to latch onto an experienced comrade allowing themselves to be guided to the feeding site by flying in tandem. Image 1,2,3 of this thread by Ingo Arndt from the book Honey Bees by Jurgen Tautz and Ingo Arndt.
Experienced forager bees fly back and forth between a rich food source and their nest. In order to recruit helpers, they perform dances on the combs.
This #WorldBeeDay find out more about these fascinating insects and ways to help them flourish.
Is the Museum haunted? We hope not!👻 Ghost fossils aren't spooky, and are the preserved impressions of life since dissolved. They've been used to assess how plankton may respond to#ClimateChangee. Discover why there's cause for hope in#NatureNewss�…XR
The web isn't always a friendly place for rare spiders🕷️ Hundreds of thousands of spiders and scorpions are being caught annually to be sold online, putting their populations at risk. Discover why scientists think invertebrates are getting a raw deal �…Fb
In less than 6 months we have exhausted nature's annual budget. But we can work together to #MoveTheDate! Browse the free Our Broken Planet programme to explore some of the solutions to help us live sustainably for #ForPeopleAndPlanet…
#DidYouKnow that today is the #EarthOvershoot Day for the UK? That means it's the day when humans' demand for ecological resources exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that year if all of humanity consumed resources at the same rate as the population of the UK.
Hear how Dippy's 292-bone skeleton is cared for, meet live creatures whose Jurassic ancestors roamed the Earth with Dippy and try fossil handling with our palaeontologists. You can even add a behind-the-scenes Tank Room tour as part of your visit.…
Excited to see Dippy back at the Museum? Our welcome home celebration will be held after hours allowing you to find out so much more about Dippy's story. (Image of Dippy in a former gallery at the Museum)
Psst! Want to learn something new about our most secretive relatives?🕵️ There are very few#Denisovann fossils, so a possible new find outside their previous range has got scientists talking. One of our experts has his say in today's#NatureNewss�…Xc
#Dippy Returns: The nation's favourite dinosaur opens next week! 🥳 Will you be seeing Dippy on opening day? Grab your free ticket to come say hello to our very own dino-star 👇…Yg
Coming to the Museum over the next few days? We have lots of free activities for #FascinationofPlantsDay! 💚 🌷 - object handling sessions - free tours about women in science - examine plants under the microscope Ask a member of staff on arrival for more infouY
Spotted! 👀 Terracotta creatures hidden in plain sight. Next time you visit us, keep your eyes peeled for intricate architectural details of animals among foliage on the walls, stairs and pillars#InternationalMuseumDayyX
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6. Mammals (blue whale) - big mammals, huge 🐘9
5. Wildlife Garden, an outdoor gallery and a delight in every season 🌲d
4. Human Evolution - Uncle Greg? Meet your ancient relatives💀L
3. Volcanoes and Earthquakes, remember the earthquake simulator? 🌋u
2. Hintze Hall with Hope the blue whale 🐋P
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