Natural Sciences collection

Natural Sciences collection

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plankton snowflakes
Scoresby’s drawing of plankton Drawing of snowflakes
Squilla Fin dissection
Drawing of squilla Whale fin dissection

Collection includes:

  • The skeleton of a narwhal and several narwhal tusks
  • Whale vertebra, several intra-vertebral discs, whale ear bone, sperm whale teeth
  • Stuffed Greenland Falcon, brought from the Arctic by William Scoresby junior
  • Copies of the following drawings by William Scoresby junior:
    • Plankton under the microscope
    • Dissection of the fin of a young whale
    • Deep sea squilla
    • Snowflakes under the microscope
    • Mirage of ships in the Arctic
    • Watercolour of Arctic wildlife
  • Replica of Scoresby’s marine diver, used in experiments on water temperature at varying depths and on the effects of water pressure at depth
  • Volcanic rocks collected by Wm Scoresby junior on Jan Meyen Island, together with a copy of his chart of the island