These objects have been selected from more than 70 million specimens, books and artworks that lie at the heart of the Natural History Museum, forming one of the most diverse and revealing collections in the world. Each object has an extraordinary story, telling us something about our planet and the remarkable people who have helped explore and understand it. Some shook our world view, others inspired new insights or highlighted our responsibility as custodians of the natural world. All have fired imaginations. Many of these treasures continue to advance knowledge. They are used by scientists here and throughout the world in the collective endeavour to explore nature.
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