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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Natural History Museum in South Kensington , London

The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London.





The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation.

The Darwin Centre
Backstage at the NHM. The Tank Room within Darwin Centre Phase 1 holds larger fish from the spirit collection, and preparation facilities for them.

The newly-developed Darwin Centre (named after Charles Darwin) is designed as a new home for the museum's collection of tens of millions of preserved specimens, as well as new work spaces for the museum's scientific staff, and new educational visitor experiences



Charles Darwin's famous statue sits at the top of the hall's grand staircase.

One of the most famous and certainly most prominent of the exhibits — affectionately known as Dippy — is a 105-foot (32 m) long replica Diplodocus carnegii skeleton, situated within the central hall.






This is Diplodocus(featured above), a plant eating dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago. It is one of the longest land animals that ever lived. From tip to tail it measures over 26 metres.

Some other dino exhbits in the museum.

















Extinct Mammal
Megatherium americanum (picture below) - This giant ground sloth lived in the cool, dry scrub and grasslands of South America until about 10,000 yeats ago. At first glance its skeleton is often mistaken for that of a dinosaur, but the sloth was actually a mammal. Strong cutting ridges on its teeth suggest that the animal may have browsed on leaves. Since the giant ground sloth has no other natural enemies, its extiction seems likely to have been linked to the first arrival of humans in South America.



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