Author Archives: twilightbeasts

Impressions

[The following autobiographical short was my submission to the Hugh Miller writing competition 2017-2018 for which I received runner-up prize in prose.] I was about six years old when I first tried to listen to the past. Holding a fossil … Continue reading

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From Russia with love

In the frozen desolate lands of north eastern Russia, there is a unique mammoth graveyard. This graveyard is different than other fossil sites in the world. After being exposed for the first time in tens of thousands of years, the … Continue reading

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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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