Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum, Issue 1
Behind the public façade of any great museum there lies a secret domain: one of unseen galleries, locked doors, priceless specimens and hidden lives.
Through the stories of the numerous eccentric individuals whose long careers have left their mark on the study of evolutionary science, Richard Fortey, former senior paleaontologist at London's Natural History Museum, celebrates the pioneering work of the Museum from its inception to the present day. He delves into the feuds, affairs, scandals and skulduggery that have punctuated its long history, and formed a backdrop to extraordinary scientific endeavour. He explores the staying power and adaptability of the Museum as it responds to changes wrought by advances in technology and molecular biology - 'spare' bones from an extinct giant bird suddenly become cutting-edge science with the new knowledge that DNA can be extracted from them, and ancient fish are tested with the latest equipment that is able to measure rises in pollution.
'Dry Store Room No. 1' is a fascinating and affectionate account of a hidden world of untold treasures, where every fragment tells a story about time past, by a scientist who combines rigorous professional learning with a gift for prose that sparkles with wit and literary sensibility.
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Review: Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History MuseumUser Review - Bunnyjadwiga - Goodreads
Not your typical museum memoir. Amusing and self-deprecating, the author slips in a good bit of science... in fact by page 50 I wondered when we would move beyond taxonomy, and by page 150 I realised ... Read full review
Review: Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History MuseumUser Review - Goodreads
This book is heavy on Taxonomy and how the museum preserves and stores specimens. It is interesting because there are so many different branches of study in natural science. The men and women who do ...
Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum
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