Hundreds of animals become extinct every day. Deforestation, poaching, pollution; there is no doubt that the human race is responsible for a lot of the wildlife that is disappearing from the planet. But we're not the only factor involved. Go back to a time before humans existed; extinction was just as common a hundred million years ago as it is today. When a species dies out, it is a tragic thing, but does death necessarily mean the end of all things? Or is it the start of something new?
These are the questions the Natural History Museum will be asking visitors in their upcoming exhibition, Extinction: Not the End of the World? Staring from the 8th February, and lasting until 8th September 2013, the exhibit will provide astonishing images, real specimens, and interactive installations that will allow you to explore a land of lost species. See dinosaurs and dodos come to life, learn about the Irish elk, bizarre insects, super-sized birds, and take a look at the animals that are endangered today. Not everything is doom and gloom though; you will also discover the remarkable stories of the survivors of mass extinctions, such as the leatherback turtle, and those that have even returned from the dead.
From photos and film footage to the eight museum specimens on display, you will be thoroughly informed, fascinated, and leave with the memory of having been up close to a Chasmosaurus skull enormous elephant bird egg, and tiny live pupfish.
Tickets are £9 for adults, £4.50 for children & concession, or £24 for a family ticket.
There will also be several talks and interactive events going on throughout the year:
The Ghosts of Mammals Past 25th February 2013 2:30pm - 3pm
This talk will bring you face to face with the of mammals past and provide insight on survival strategies.
The Tuatara of New Zealand 11th March 2013 2:30pm - 3pm
Learn about the tuatara, an endangered species in New Zealand, and look at fossils from their pre-historic relatives..
Egg-stinct: Fossilised Eggs From Prehistoric Times 29th March 2013 2:30pm - 3pm & 6th April 2013 12:30pm - 1pm, 2:30pm - 3pm
Learn more about dinosaur eggs.
Replanting the World: Live from the Millennium Seed Bank 24th April 2013 2:30pm - 3pm
The museum will provide a live link to the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens to discover how we can help save thousands of species from extinction.
The Jurassic Tree 25th April 2013 2:30pm - 3pm
A specimen of a Jurassic tree will provide insight into what life was like at the time of the dinosaurs.