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We're ready to celebrate #2023 in a big way. Are you? Get your ticket to our Jurassic party, where we'll be celebrating into the early hours and seeing in the #NewYear under Hope our blue whale. #NHMEvents nhm.ac.uk/events/new-yea…
Want to know more about these colossal reptiles? Or perhaps you're curious about where in the world the biggest venomous snakes live? You can find the answers here 👇�nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-…is
Green anacondas are shorter but heavier than reticulated pythons. The heaviest ever recorded was 227kg! It's estimated that a 5.2-metre-long anaconda would weigh about the same as a 7.3-metre-long reticulated python.
Reticulated pythons are the longest, regularly reaching over 6.25 metres. The longest measured over 10 metres. That means this snake was longer than a giraffe is tall! 🐍�PS
The biggest snake in the world is either the reticulated python or the green anaconda. Which one is largest depends on whether you are measuring by length or by weight.
It's time for another #FridayFact and this week it's all about super-sized snakes. 🐍🐍 Can you guess what the bigges#snakeke in the world iszN
Vultures have unique characteristics which can make them more vulnerable to extinction. Their large bodies are a unique feature which help them soar while they hunt for carcasses.
The unique Lappet-faced vulture is an endangered species, with only 8000 left in the whole of Africa.
Vultures use some cunning tactics to help locate carcasses, including observing behavioural cues from other vultures and following eagles, who are more likely to spot a kill first 🧐
Vultures actually defecate on themselves to help keep cool in hot weather.
Did you know that the Andean condor has an exceptionally large wingspan? Wings spread, it reaches 10-11 feet - the largest of any vulture!😮
Have you ever seen a vulture? Let's find out more with these 5 facts about these majestic birds 👇0
It's #FeelGoodFriday!😃 The James Webb Telescope has taken a picture of an exoplanet 385 light years away!🔭 This image shows incredible detail never before seen by human eyes. Take a look 👀dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ar…1zR
A tiny half-inch-long fossil has filled in a major gap in the evolutionary tree for life on Earth 🤯 Crawling around the oceans 518 million years ago, it helps unite three major animal groups. This#FossilFridayy find out how in today's#NatureNewss �nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…vq
It's great to celebrate stories of conservation successes. But it's just as important to examine our failures. If we don't, we risk making the same mistakes again. Rediscover the story of the baiji. 🐬�nhm.ac.uk/discover/baiji…2Y
Will we learn from the baiji? Today, the North Atlantic right whale population is critically endangered with around 400 individuals left. Meanwhile, the vaquita, the world's smallest cetacean, is on the brink of extinction.
In the 1980s, there were around 400 baiji left - but we didn't act fast enough and failed to save the species. It's been 20 years since we last saw a live baiji, but its extinction remains an important lesson: delaying conservation action is dangerous.
Do you remember the baiji? You may also know it as the #Yangtze or Chinese river dolphin. They were declared functionally #extinct in 2006. That means even if some dolphins remained, their population was no longer viable. So, how did we lose them? 🧵�Ej
We’ve recently collaborated with independent fashion brand @joanieclothing on a new range featuring iconic illustrations and photography from the Museum’s collections!
A rapid transition to net zero is no longer just the smart decision – it's also the most profitable one. New research shows that green energy could save between $5 to $15 trillion compared to taking no action 🌱 Find out how in today's#NatureNewss 👇nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…J0
At the heart of Kyiv stands the Saint Sophia Cathedral. In the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, scientists have been working out how to protect this historic site from fungal damage. Find out how in today's #NatureNews 👇 nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…r
It's #AskAStupidQuestionDay! Do you have any burning questions that you have always felt were too stupid to ask? Well now's your chance. Ask away and we'll try to answer as many as we can. Remember, no question is ever really a stupid question!
This year our iconic New Year’s Eve party is back! You can ring in 2023 under Hope our blue whale, dance at our silent disco and more. From 10.00 on Wednesday 28 September (tomorrow!) you can get 48-hour early access to tickets via the Priority app.
Did you miss Hidden Treasures episodes 1 to 3? Don't panic! You can find them all in this playlist: youtube.com/playlist?list=… Catch-up on what treasures we found in the dinosaur, fish and mammal collections. 🦖🐠🐳
Episode 4 of #HiddenTreasures is almost here! You voted to explore the plant collection next. Get your questions ready and join us on 7 October at 15.30 for peek behind the scenes. Watch it here 👉youtu.be/Ds4QsiLPm5U6twitter.com/NHM_London/sta…R
For #WorldTourismDay, we want to hear your stories and memories of your visits to the Museum! Whether it’s your 1st visit or your 50th, we hope you're always inspired to return and discover something new! 🐳 Share your stories and photos in the comments below �yz
#Halloween is fast approaching. Why not spend the spookiest night of the year at the Museum? 👻😱 We're including access to the new-look Wildlife Photographer of the Year@NHM_WPYPY) exhibition with every ticket! nhm.ac.uk/events/hallowe…Wt
Could you tell the difference between a male and female #SpottedHyena? Sounds like a simple task, but it's not as easy as you might think.
We wouldn't want to butt heads with this one! 🤕#WorldCassowaryDayy #DYKK Walter Rothschild kept 64 live cassowaries in Tring Park@NHM_Tringg? (1/3)P
We’ve been working with @benugo to create scientifically-supported carbon and water labelling for our Museum menu - helping you to make an informed food choice based on environmental impact. Look out for these labels in the Museum and find out more here👉nhm.ac.uk/visit/eat-drin…1C
Maasai giraffes have declined from a historic estimate of more than 63,000 individuals to 35,000 and still decreasing. See more powerful images capturing human impact on the planet at @NHM_WPY: bit.ly/3DSnz8x
Human development continues to encroach on the range and habitats of animals. Though this stretch of railway running is raised on giant columns, allowing animals access beneath, this picture is symbolic of how the space for wildlife continues to be squeezed. #WPY58
We're launching a free space tour 🚀. If you're visiting the Museum tomorrow, meet at Guy the gorilla at 13.15 or 14.15 for an out-of-this-world guided tour exploring the work of female space scientists. More dates are available. Book your free ticketnhm.ac.uk/events/women-i…f
Need nature facts to impress your friends and family with? Try asking, “Alexa, what’s my Natural History Museum fact of the day” to learn something new every day.
Do you have an Alexa-enabled device at home? If so, you can now hear hundreds of our fun facts about the natural world, as well as quizzes on dinosaurs, environmental change, space and more available on Alexa devices from today. 🦖�4Q
We’re so excited to be collaborating with @joanieclothing on a sustainable collection of clothing, inspired by the Museum’s heritage. Want to hear more about the pieces on offer? Sign up below to be the first to hear! joanieclothing.com/nhm-x-joanie-c…
Hagfishes can survive being bitten by predators. Their skin fits around them like a loose sock, and this allows the important parts of their body to squish out of the way of penetrating teeth. Discover more about these very slimy animals. 👇nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-m…o
Hagfish slime is made up of seawater, mucins and slime threads. These animals can make up to 400 times their own volume in slime, which has been described as up to 100,000 times softer than jelly!
Hagfishes have 90-200 pores along their sides. When they're under attack, these eel-like animals will jet slime out of them, sending this snot-like substance into the mouth and gills of a predator, forcing them to let go.
Today's #FridayFact is about some of the ocean's slimiest creatures. Did you know that a #Hagfish uses its slime as a defence against predators?
Wood-eating #Termites are getting a boost from #ClimateChange As the world gets hotter, new research shows that these insects will get more active, and release more #CarbonDioxide from deadwood. Find out how this will affect the world's ecosystems 👇 nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…7
It's #FeelGoodFriday! 😃 Do forests really make us happy? 🌲 Research is being done to determine what kind of treescapes most benefit our wellbeing an#MentalHealthth, so that future forests can be designed with this in mind. 🌳 Find out more �theguardian.com/environment/20…UlBez
The history of a near-Earth asteroid has been laid out in unprecedented detail☄️ Ryugu had seen chemical change, catastrophic collisions and rebirth for four billion years before being visited by Hayabusa2. Catch a glimpse of the solar system with us 👇 nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…8
It’s #WorldRhinoDay! Have you ever heard of the Siberian Unicorn? The Siberian Unicorn was a species of rhino that was nicknamed this because of the large, single horn it may have once sported. Find out more about these Ice Age giants 👇nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…u
It’s #WorldCarFreeDay! 🚙 Will you leave your car at home today to give our planet a break? We all know pollution is bad for our planet and our health. But did you also know that it can confuse insects looking to pollinate crops? 🌻 Discover more �nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…uvD
Will any of the Mars rovers find evidence of life? Lakes full of turbid water could have once been present on the surface of Mars, and these might have provided just the right condition for bacteria 🦠 Find out how in today's#NatureNewss 👇nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…Kn
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but so is being from eastern England! A new study reveals East Anglians inherit around half of their genetics from European arrivals over 1500 years ago. Discover the genetic legacy of the Anglo-Saxons 👇 nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/…U
Insects, but make them ✨ art ✨ This free display in #HintzeHall shows all living orders of insects, including airborne swarms of beetles, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps and flies. (1/2)
Meet #Dippy in the Waterhouse Gallery until 2 January. 6/6 Book now to guarantee entry 👇 nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibiti…c
#Dippy Returns is supported by #PrehistoricPlanet, now streaming on @AppleTVPlus 5/6 Stream the series 👇tv.apple.com/show/prehistor…C
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