Talita Bateman | Visiting the Grant Museum of Zoology in London

Talita Bateman | Visiting the Grant Museum of Zoology in London

Talita Bateman | Visiting the Grant Museum of Zoology in London


In December 2019, I visited the Grant Museum of Zoology in London with a few pals and given our present state of affairs, I assumed it will be an excellent time to jot down about that go to and daydream about my subsequent one!

The museum was established in 1827 by Robert Grant as a educating assortment for UCL. It was then referred to as ‘The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy’ however after WWII, detailed comparative anatomy ‘fell out of vogue in zoology’, as described by the museum, and biochemistry, genetics and physiology turned extra distinguished areas of research. At the moment, nonetheless, the museum prides itself in being the final surviving college pure historical past museum in London.

Robert Grant (1793-1874), himself a comparative anatomist and transmutationist, was born in Edinburgh and is legendary for his work with marine invertebrates reminiscent of sponges (Oxford Dictionary of Nationwide Biographies, 2005).

The museum is pretty well-known for together with in its assortment the world’s rarest skeleton, the quagga (picture on the left beneath) and different important specimens reminiscent of dodo bones and thylacine specimens (picture on the proper beneath).

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