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London: Natural History Museum part 1

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So now that I’m back in my own room with access to a mouse and my tablet, I can edit and put up photos! My own Edinburgh photos are sadly backlogged (like pics from Stirling Castle, the zoo, Palace of Holyroodhouse…) but they can wait. hahah

Pulled out about 50 photos from the roughly 700 pics that I have from this one museum, but there are less than 50 in this post because I felt that 50+ was a bit much to have in one blog post.

They’re all clickable thumbnails so just click to see larger versions. :)

I unfortunately forgot to take a better view of the museum entrance so this’ll have to do.

Here’s the diplodocus again! :D

The lovely ceiling…

The white statue on the landing is supposed to be Darwin.

Guess what this is :P

I really liked how there was so much detail in the building itself. Lots of little animal/plant carvings and motifs around…

Chirotherium footprints!

Banners lining the entry to the dino exhibit.

Camarasaurus has the honour of greeting visitors.

Triceratops is probably one of the more recognisable dinosaurs…

You walk up a short staircase to a walkway that spans the length of the room and this is the view you see:

Below are other fossil-related displays, but above – parallel to the walkway are dino fossils. (Replicas, rather. I can’t imagine them hanging real fossils out like that. It’d be the end of the fossils with all that exposure to air and such.)

Deinocheirus – no one’s found the rest of this dino yet, but it looks really big.

Massospondylus!

Gallimimus. Head looks rather like a duck. lol

Their model of a maiasaur nest was so cute. Maiasaur babies remind me a bit of E.T. for some reason, but cuter.

Teeth replicas of – from left to right – tyrannosaurus, daspletosaurus and megalosaurus. (Did you think the T-rex was the biggest? Wrooooong.)

Here’s my hand next to T-rex’s tooth. Scary when you think about it. One tooth is as long as my fingers. o_O

Cast of the most complete pachycephalosaurus skull known.

Coelacanth specimen, caught in the 1960s. It’s not naturally white though – it’s lost the original deep blue colour over time.

If you don’t know what a coelacanth is or it’s significance: It’s a fish that was thought to be extinct until the 1930s when someone caught one off the coast of South Africa. After that there have been occasional catches and there’s apparently a colony of these living fossils somewhere in deep waters off Madagascar. Cool right?? I remember reading about the discovery of the coelacanth when I was 10 or so in a book from the Doulos ship. 8D

T-rex lower jaw; from the first T-rex fossil ever discovered in 1900 in America.

They had a wall with several comical illustrations of why/how the dinosaurs went extinct and this was my favourite: they died of boredom. ahahahhahahahaha

More dinos and other parts of the museum to come~
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