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Curator finds 150-year-old David Livingstone African beetles in box at Natural History Museum

A set of pinned beetles collected by the Victorian explorer during his infamous Zambezi River expedition will go on show to the public for one night only after being found during a routine collection check.

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Artist's Statement: Chris Watson on sexy cheetahs and slumbering elephants

The sound artist and Cabaret Voltaire founder on blood-stained zebra carcasses in Africa, singing seals in the Arctic and new immersive sound app Nimbus.

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World Museum Liverpool's Green Pigeon is unique and related to Dodo, say scientists

Scientists in Australia have extracted and purified tiny DNA fragments to draw groundbreaking conclusions about the 230-year-old Green Pigeon held in Liverpool.

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Oh help, oh no it's a... Hoobee, the Imaginary Animal Competition winner at NHM Tring

The fantastic winning creature designed by a nine-year-old for the Natural History Museum in Tring's Imaginary Animal Competition is about to be let loose.

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Curator's Choice: Dr Merle Patchett on taxidermy and the 19th century bird plume boom

The University of Bristol's Dr Merle Patchett tells Culture24 about the technology that is bringing plumage trade history to life in a taxidermy installation.

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In Pictures: Jellyfish take over derelict buildings and snakes come alive in Liverpool

Duo Walter Hugo and Zoniel fill a Toxteth building with tanks of jellyfish, while the World Museum prepares to host boa constrictors and royal pythons later this year.

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Bernie Krause explores animalistic origins of music in sound installation at the Horniman

The musician's soundscapes take the listeners back to the origins of sound, showing how our ancestors discovered melody and rhythm by mimicking the fauna.

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From Russia with love: Most complete woolly mammoth to go on public display

Found by a reindeer herder on a frozen Russian peninsula and still carrying remnants of its mother's milk in its stomach, a one-month-old mammoth is about to go on show.

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Leading artists add humour and wonder to warning signs in Disappearing Nature

Jeremy Deller follows the African Eagle Owl, Marcus Coates lies in a hole and Zana Briski portrays the Mountain Gorilla of Rwanda in an environmentally-friendly London show.

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German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens' preserved humans to visit Newcastle

Fusing art, science and culture, the exhibition of plastinated bodies visits Life after being seen by more than 38 million visitors in cities across the world.

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520 million-year-old swivel-eyed predator carried earliest cardiovascular system, say experts

A fossil found in China, related to modern insects, spiders, lobsters and millipedes, has one of the earliest blood vessel systems in a living animal, say Natural History Museum scientists.

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"A curiosity for fabulous things": Multimillion pound Jurassic museum set for Kimmeridge

Steve Etches' incredible collection of Jurassic fossils and scientific discoveries will become a major new museum in 2016 after a £2.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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Thousands pour through doors as Oxford University Museum of Natural History re-opens

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History welcomed thousands of visitors this weekend after reopening its doors following a £2 million roof restoration project.

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From cocoon to beautiful butterfly: Zoology Museum plans Wonders of Animal Kingdom

Launched on Charles Darwin's 205th birthday, a £3 million fundraising campaign aims to turn the Cambridge Museum of Zoology into a palace of the animal kingdom in 2016.

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Mounted seals, shrewd stoats and a taxidermy tableau: The Cabinet of Curiosities

Many visitors claim the grey Woolston seal, found swimming the Mersey in 1908, was shot by their grandfather. Criminality and a new Polly Morgan work also feature in Warrington.

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