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Museums and collections have a singular power to spark dialogue and debate, breathe life into learning and trigger new ways of thinking. UCL's outstanding collections play an unparalleled role in the university's ethos of opening up and transforming education.

Specimen of the week 269: the dogfish

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:27 +0000

Hello people of the internet. Will Richard here blogging away about a favourite of mine from the Grant Museum’s collection. This week I’ve chosen a specimen that’s a little bit of everything: dog, fish, cat and shark. That’s right folks, so good they named it twice, it’s the… **Freeze dried lesser-spotted dogfish / small-spotted cat […]

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Specimen of the Week 268: The carp – How things got fishy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:30:36 +0000

This week in The Conversation I wrote that there is no biological definition of fish that doesn’t involve humans. However the group that most people recognise as the fishiest are the ray-finned fishes. They have fins supported by a series of fine flexible rods. It is the ray-fins that have gone on to be the dominant […]

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Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month November 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:02:51 +0000

These are troubling times. Troubling and worrying times. Hope is an endangered species. You can feel it can’t you? Spin the wheel of woe, the only consolation possible is that you guessed correctly what destroyed the privileged civilisation as we know it. Was it climate in the end? Was it hatred? Was it intolerance? It […]

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