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I couldn’t stay away. Having read tweets all day about Pygmy Mammoths and Baryonyx and goodness knows what else with two ‘y’s in it, I finally succumbed to the inevitable: I was going to return to London’s Natural History Museum for Science Uncovered and I wasn’t going to leave until 11pm!

Due to work constraints I didn’t arrive until 6:40 and the time flew by so fast. I missed the tours of the Darwin Centre as well as the Pygmy Mammoth talks but I did get to interrogate an awful lot of insect experts about colour. There were some terrific specimens, some of which were so metallic they gave the Minerals exhibit a run for their money. I shall include some of the highlights further down.

I also got up close and personal with Baryonyx. He was a cast but that didn’t matter: I’m so used to seeing the standard lateral view, both in the museum’s exhibit and in books, that it was just so lovely being able to get a fish-eye view – looking down the snout, or looking down on the top of his head, the way another Baryonyx might have seen it while feeding or supplicating to a stronger rival. Being so close to giant ground sloth fur was incredible too.

Even just being able to take a photograph of the Camarasaurus or Smilodon skeleton without a little primate wandering into the shot was a luxury in itself!

All in all, a great night topped off by a glorious moon rainbow halo (is there a proper name for those). My only regret is that it ended so fast.

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