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Case 4 Crucial Differences Display

 

Creator: TheGrantMuseum on 11 Jun 2010, 1:56 p.m.

This is one of the display cases in the North Cloisters of University College London.

Case 4 Crucial Differences Display can be seen up until the 30th June 2010.

UCL zoologist RJ Berry has collected around 8000 mice of different species from 94 islands across the world. Each skeleton has been prepared and kept in individual glass vials. Comparison of these specimens has contributed significantly to the comprehension of island biogeography and ecology – crucial components of evolutionary biology.

By looking at the differences between populations and species on different islands, zoologists can learn a lot about how they colonised and became adapted to the specific environments, how they are related to each other, and the mechanisms of evolution.

What do you think of the exhibition? Are there too many mice?

Dust to Diamonds exhibition: 8th July – 12th November 2010. Dust to Diamonds explores this extraordinary mineral from a scientist’s point of view, celebrating 60 years of diamond research within UCL Earth Sciences and explaining why scientists often prefer ‘flawed’ and ‘home-grown’ diamonds to gem stones.

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