Museum of Natural History (@morethanadodo) — Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a beautiful Victorian Neo-Gothic building full of dinosaurs, bugs, minerals, fossils and animals.
These 'peppered moths', held in the Museum, were used to prove that natural sele
These 'peppered moths', held in the Museum, were used to prove that natural selection causes darker coloured moths to become commoner in polluted areas. . . . . . . . . . #environment#nature#climate#museum#naturalhistory#world#moth
15.03.2019 10:27:28
The Museum collections are growing all the time. Here is part of a recently dona
The Museum collections are growing all the time. Here is part of a recently donated collection: a drawer of moths and beautifully prepared caterpillars . . . . . . . . . . #museum#collections#bugs#naturalhistory#naturalworld#nature#colour#drawer
14.03.2019 08:32:45
This beautiful illustration is the work of @Ruo.land and is inspired by our coll
This beautiful illustration is the work of @Ruo.land and is inspired by our collection!...more
08.03.2019 12:36:21
We can often think of Natural History Museums as places to learn more about scie
We can often think of Natural History Museums as places to learn more about science. But the Museum's collections are also fantastically stimulating to artists. Here is a sketch and photographs by @tobyjewellery - a Yorkshire based jewelery designer inspired by natural forms - on a recent visit to the Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . #art#jewelrydesign#sketch#naturalforms#igers#naturalhistory#museum#collections#inspiration#oxford#visitoxford
07.03.2019 10:12:07
These beautiful creatures have a fantastic name too: they are Pictute-winged Lea
These beautiful creatures have a fantastic name too: they are Pictute-winged Leaf Moths. They're some of the last African moths we've been photographing to help and identification across the continent. . . . . . . . . . . #science#moth#naturalhistory#museum#oxford#specimen#nature#animalkingdom#africanmoths#igers#photography#colour
26.02.2019 09:33:19
Welcome to a new week, and what a beautiful start to the week it is. The glass r
Welcome to a new week, and what a beautiful start to the week it is. The glass roof here is bathing our visitors in a lovely blue glow. Thanks so much @aditirajan94 for capturing our space in full glory. . . . . . . #oxford#museum#dinosaur#architecture#igers#panorama#england#travel#inspiration#spring#light
25.02.2019 12:11:47
Full song and words at morethanadodo.com

Our Exhibition 'Bacterial World' tells
Full song and words at morethanadodo.com Our Exhibition 'Bacterial World' tells the understated story that bacteria have played in the development of life on Earth. To bring some of these facts to life, our Museum staff created a song and animation to the tune of Madonna's 'Material Girl' - you'll never hear it in the same way again! . . . . . #science#microbiologist#sketch#handdrawing#timelapse#bacteria#madonna#song#sciencememes#scicomm
14.02.2019 12:20:53
Dodos (of course!), dinosaurs,  a ten year-old's amazing discovery and so much m
Dodos (of course!), dinosaurs, a ten year-old's amazing discovery and so much more. Our #top9 is this selection of the most-read blog posts of 2018. Find them, and many more museum stories, on our blog: morethanadodo.com #blog#blogging#top9of2018#museumblog
03.01.2019 21:23:07
It's our final #MuseumAdvent day and all that's left to say is Merry Christmas o
It's our final #MuseumAdvent day and all that's left to say is Merry Christmas one and all! Explore our #adventcalendar at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or follow the link in the bio. #christmasday
25.12.2018 09:41:44
It's Christmas Eve on the #MuseumAdvent calendar. With only one day until the fi
It's Christmas Eve on the #MuseumAdvent calendar. With only one day until the finale, it's time for a jolly song about the most unlikely of festive subjects - molluscs! Jingle shells, jingle shells Bivalves all the way Oh what fun these shells are In the family Anomiidae Hey! Jingle shells, mermaid’s toenails Paper-like thin shells When you string them in a line They’ll jingle all the way... Hey! Catch up with the #adventcalendar at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or follow the link in the bio. #adventcalendar#Christmas#MolluscMonday#shells#jinglebells#ChristmasEve
24.12.2018 09:49:33
#MuseumAdvent Day 23: Petrified Wood Opal. 
Not the Yule Log you are looking for
#MuseumAdvent Day 23: Petrified Wood Opal. Not the Yule Log you are looking for... All organic matter in this lump of wood has been replaced by minerals, turning to stone in the slow, undergound petrification process. This wood has developed a beautiful opal sheen, from silica-rich water. Opal would make a lovely Christmas gift, but don't throw this log onto your festive fire! Open a new window in our #adventcalendar each day before #Christmas. Bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. Not many left now! #opal#petrifiedwood#fossil#gemstones
23.12.2018 07:54:18
#MuseumAdvent Day 22: Snowy Owl

With its warm white plumage and fluffy legs, th
#MuseumAdvent Day 22: Snowy Owl With its warm white plumage and fluffy legs, the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is ready for the cold. They nest in the Arctic tundra of North America and Eurasia - and can survive temperatures 40 degrees below zero. What's on their Christmas menu? Lemmings! Open a new window on our #adventcalendar each day in the build up to #christmas at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #bird#snow#owl#cold#feathers
22.12.2018 10:55:40
#MuseumAdvent Day 21: Mistletoe Weevil

This pretty little beetle is only found
#MuseumAdvent Day 21: Mistletoe Weevil This pretty little beetle is only found on mistletoe, so if you're planning on getting amorous and don't want weevils in your hair, look up before you pucker up... The Mistletoe Weevil (Ixapion variegatum) was first found in the UK only as recently as 2000. Open a new window on our #adventcalendar each day in the build up to #christmas at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #mistletoe#weevil#insect#kiss
21.12.2018 10:11:03
#MuseumAdvent Day 20: Starry Fossil

The Wise Men definitely didn't follow this,
#MuseumAdvent Day 20: Starry Fossil The Wise Men definitely didn't follow this, but it is star-shaped, so into the Advent Calendar it goes! This model is of a 430-million-year-old fossil extinct echinoderm called Heropyrgus disterminus. The green tentacle-like structures are tube feet similar to those found in starfish, also an echinoderm, and are rarely preserved in fossils. The specimen comes from a famous site in Herefordshire in the UK and the model was created here at the Museum. Open a new window in our #adventcalendar each day in the build up to #christmas at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #fossil#star#echinoderm#sketchfab#3dmodel
20.12.2018 10:44:19
#MuseumAdvent Day 19: Christmas Tree Worm

Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus g
#MuseumAdvent Day 19: Christmas Tree Worm Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) are a common sight on tropical reefs. These brightly-coloured worms burrow into live coral and build a protective tube around their bodies. The two beautiful ‘trees’ in the first image* are actually spiral crowns of tentacles used for breathing and to catch food drifting in the current. When disturbed, Christmas Tree Worms pull their tentacles back into their tube and wait for danger to pass. The second image is a fossil worm tube from the Museum's collections. Open a new window in our #adventcalendar each day in the build up to #christmas at bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #worms#fossil#tropicalreef *First image: Nick Hobgood [CC BY-SA 3.0], Wikimedia Commons
19.12.2018 10:44:08
Our palaeontologists are a talented bunch. Dr Hilary Ketchum doesn't just manage
Our palaeontologists are a talented bunch. Dr Hilary Ketchum doesn't just manage fossil collections, she even re-creates her beloved extinct creatures from felt! Ichthyosaur Spinosaurus Triceratops Plesiosaur Stegosaurus #Dinosaurs#Craft#felting#ichthyosaur#plesiosaur#spinosaurus#triceratops#stegosaurus#marinereptiles#palaeontology#paleoart#paleontology
18.12.2018 12:24:05
#MuseumAdvent Day 18: Puddingstone 
Probably a bit hard to chew, but Puddingston
#MuseumAdvent Day 18: Puddingstone Probably a bit hard to chew, but Puddingstone is surely the most popular rock during the Christmas season - no other rock looks like the famous Christmas pudding! Puddingstone is a conglomerate, a type of sedimentary rock consisting of rounded flint pebbles of different colours in a sandy matrix, all cemented together by silica – very similar to the raisins in a Christmas pud. Open a new window our #adventcalendar each day in the build up to #Christmas. At bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #Stone#Stones#Pudding#ChristmasPudding#geology
18.12.2018 10:26:03
#MuseumAdvent Day 17: The Christmas Butterfly (Papilio demodocus)

Often seen fl
#MuseumAdvent Day 17: The Christmas Butterfly (Papilio demodocus) Often seen fluttering around at this time of year, the Christmas Butterfly is common in Southern Africa, parts of Arabia and Madagascar. It is also known as the Citrus Swallowtail as its caterpillars feed on citrus trees. The young caterpillars are coloured black and white to provide camouflage as bird droppings. The Museum’s collection contain specimens from throughout its range, including a subspecies unique to the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea. Open a new window in our #Christmas#adventcalendar every day. Bit.ly/MuseumAdvent or link in bio. #Butterfly#Insect#Butterflies#Insects#insectsofinstagram#entomology
17.12.2018 10:29:50
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