Watch: A Crucial Difference
8 April 2010
Jackal skulls, mice skeletons, microfossils and volcanic rocks all feature in 'A Crucial Difference', a new exhibition at UCL.
The short film below shows behind the scenes at the exhibition.
The exhibition, in UCL's North Cloisters, celebrates diversity in nature by showcasing objects
from two natural history collections at UCL - the Grant Museum of
Zoology and UCL Geology Collections - as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
In natural history there are no
duplicates - every specimen is unique. For students and researchers at
UCL, the existence of several examples of the same specimen type is
crucial to the way their subjects are taught and studied. For a
scientific theory to be tested many samples must be collected and
analysed. It is only by understanding the variation within a group that
its limits can be determined, and its relationships described.
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Image: Mice skulls in the exhibition