Author Archives: twilightbeasts

Under the boot of man

Working in a museum I come face to face with life’s extraordinary diversity every day. Specimens a few hundred years old tell us of the richness of life right beneath our feet. Older specimens provide a glimpse into amazing animals … Continue reading

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Standing Proud

ALERT, THIS BLOG IS NOT SUITABLE FOR VERY LITTLE KIDS, AND PROBABLY IS RATED AROUND A PG12!  There’s been a huge buzz about the early Mesolithic dates of the Shigir wooden figure, from Ural Russia, and it isn’t too often … Continue reading

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Coming of age:  A review of Life through the Ages

You can pick up the book here.Somewhere between being a teenager and having a child of my own, museums changed. The sense of solemn and elegant wonderment was replaced with lots of ‘accessible’ little cartoon smiley faces on posters and … Continue reading

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The fanged beast

The light from the full moon shines down, glimmering off the soft, brown, velvety fur. It’s rare for this creature to venture above ground. It moves clumsily in search of new food, but pauses. It sensed something. And from the shadows … Continue reading

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It’s Miller-time

“Life itself is a school, and Nature always a fresh study.” Hugh Miller, “My Schools & Schoolmasters”, 1854 Hugh Miller. Almost before I was aware of who I was, I was aware of who he was. From just after birth … Continue reading

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Sabertooth

[This review was written in 2014, when the book first came out] I recently read “Sabertooth” by Mauricio Anton. Obviously given my interests, this was one book I had to treat myself to. Anton and Turner’s “Big cats and their … Continue reading

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Lost Animals

[This book review was written when the book was first published] I’ve been a big fan of Errol Fuller’s thoughtful prose for about 13 years. When I was finishing my undergraduate degree I had my imagination fired by reading some … Continue reading

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