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Zoology Collection

Zoology, the study of animals, encompasses a vast array of species from all corners of the world

Background imageZoology Collection: Smooth newt, male, female and larvae, Lissotriton vulgaris

Smooth newt, male, female and larvae, Lissotriton vulgaris (as common newt, Lacerta vulgaris, common water newt, Lacerta palustris, Lacerta punctata)

Background imageZoology Collection: Purple emperor, Apatura iris

Purple emperor, Apatura iris (Iris butterfly, Papilio iris). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from George Shaw

Background imageZoology Collection: DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Hare. 1502. Renaissance

DURER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Hare. 1502. Renaissance art. Watercolour. AUSTRIA. Vienna. Albertina Gallery

Background imageZoology Collection: FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca

FABRITIUS, Carel (1622-1654). The Goldfinch. ca. 1654. NETHERLANDS. The Hague. Mauritshuis. Baroque art. Oil

Background imageZoology Collection: AMERICAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber). Lithograph, 1858, after John James Audubon

AMERICAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber). Lithograph, 1858, after John James Audubon

Background imageZoology Collection: Awful Changes

Awful Changes
A cartoon, published in 1830, 28 years before Darwins Origin Of Species, lampooning theories of evolution. Entitled Awful Changes, it depicts an Ichthyosaurus giving a lecture on a human skull

Background imageZoology Collection: Pink-footed goose

Pink-footed goose
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Yellow Hammer bird

Yellow Hammer bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: CARACARA, 1827-38. Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway)

AUDUBON: CARACARA, 1827-38. Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway), also known as Brazilian caracara eagle, by John James Audubon for his " Birds of America, " 1827-1838

Background imageZoology Collection: WHITE: FRIGATE BIRD. Watercolor, c1585, by John White

WHITE: FRIGATE BIRD. Watercolor, c1585, by John White

Background imageZoology Collection: Binturong (Arctictis binturong)

Binturong (Arctictis binturong)
Illustration of a Binturong or Arctictis binturong or Asian Bearcat or Palawan Bearcat or Bearcat in the meadow

Background imageZoology Collection: White leghorn chicken

White leghorn chicken
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940s: White leghorn chicken standing next to egg. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageZoology Collection: Adult male Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) on all fours on grass

Adult male Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) on all fours on grass

Background imageZoology Collection: TUNA. A female bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

TUNA. A female bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

Background imageZoology Collection: Sparrow Hawk bird of prey

Sparrow Hawk bird of prey
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Nuthatch bird

Nuthatch bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Belted kingfisher bird

Belted kingfisher bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Mauritian Dodo (Raphus cucullatus), compact bird with curved, brown bill and brown feet, side view

Background imageZoology Collection: Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: PELICAN. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), from John J

AUDUBON: PELICAN. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), from John J. Audubons " The Birds of America, " 1827-1838

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: HAWK. Merlin, or pigeon hawk (Falco columbarius), from John James Audubons The Birds of

AUDUBON: HAWK. Merlin, or pigeon hawk (Falco columbarius), from John James Audubons The Birds of America, 1827-1838

Background imageZoology Collection: Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus. Extinct

Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus. Extinct
Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, Thylacinus cynocephalus (Thylacinus harrisii). Extinct. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rene Primevere Lessons Complements de Buffon, Pourrat Freres, Paris, 1838

Background imageZoology Collection: Great Indian Fruit Bat, ca. 1777-82. Creator: Bhawani Das

Great Indian Fruit Bat, ca. 1777-82. Creator: Bhawani Das
Great Indian Fruit Bat, ca. 1777-82

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: VOLE. Eastern meadow vole, or meadow mouse (Microtus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus)

AUDUBON: VOLE. Eastern meadow vole, or meadow mouse (Microtus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus)
AUDUBON: VOLE. Eastern meadow vole, or meadow mouse (Microtus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus, formerly Arvicola pennsylvanica)

Background imageZoology Collection: ALEUT HUNTER, 1816. An Aleut hunter wearing a wooden peaked hat, in the Bering Sea

ALEUT HUNTER, 1816. An Aleut hunter wearing a wooden peaked hat, in the Bering Sea. Watercolor, 1816, by Louis Choris

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: JAY AND MAGPIE. Scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Stellers jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

AUDUBON: JAY AND MAGPIE. Scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Stellers jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), yellow-billed magpie (Pica nuttalli), and Clarks nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)

Background imageZoology Collection: Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius

Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius (Common jay, Corvus glandarius). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageZoology Collection: Butterflies, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Butterflies, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Butterflies, 19th century. Top Left: Wall Butterfly, Underside. Top right: Hedge Brown. Top centre: Speckled Wood, Underside. Middle left: Speckled Wood. Middle right: Ringlet

Background imageZoology Collection: aRDVARK. The Ethiopian aardvark. Wood engraving, 1876

aRDVARK. The Ethiopian aardvark. Wood engraving, 1876

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: BLACKBIRD, (1827). Red-winged Blackbird, or red-winged Starling (Agelaius phoeniceus)

AUDUBON: BLACKBIRD, (1827). Red-winged Blackbird, or red-winged Starling (Agelaius phoeniceus) by John James Audubon for his " Birds of America, " 1827-38

Background imageZoology Collection: Great bustard, Otis tarda (vulnerable)

Great bustard, Otis tarda (vulnerable), and common ringed plover, Charadrius hiaticula.. Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Dumont de Sainte-Croixs Dictionary of Natural Science

Background imageZoology Collection: Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. European Westernmost Point. UNESCO World Heritage

Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. European Westernmost Point. UNESCO World Heritage
Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. Europes westernmost point. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageZoology Collection: Sea lampreys. Engraving after a drawing by a

Sea lampreys. Engraving after a drawing by a F.Padr󮠅 ngraving

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: TOWHEE. Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

AUDUBON: TOWHEE. Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), from John James Audubons The Birds of America, 1827-1838

Background imageZoology Collection: Jay bird of Crow family

Jay bird of Crow family
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Hobby small falcon bird of prey

Hobby small falcon bird of prey
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Numidian Crane bird

Numidian Crane bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Egyptian Nightjar bird

Egyptian Nightjar bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Swallow tailed Kite bird of prey

Swallow tailed Kite bird of prey
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Common carp anatomy

Common carp anatomy
illustration engraving of a common carp anatomy

Background imageZoology Collection: Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp. )

Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp. )
Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.)

Background imageZoology Collection: Chimpanzees as policemen

Chimpanzees as policemen
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Two chimpanzees dressed as policemen, standing holding guns. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageZoology Collection: The page from a 19th century edition of Charles Darwins Journal of Researches

The page from a 19th century edition of Charles Darwins Journal of Researches
DARWIN: GALAPAGOS FINCHES. The page from a 19th century edition of Charles Darwins Journal of Researches, wherein the gradation in the size of the beaks of the Galapagos finches is noted

Background imageZoology Collection: Three African elephants walking in line beside a river

Three African elephants walking in line beside a river

Background imageZoology Collection: AUDUBON: WAXWING. Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus), from John James Audubons The Birds of

AUDUBON: WAXWING. Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus), from John James Audubons The Birds of America, 1827-1838

Background imageZoology Collection: Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879

Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Upper body studio portrait photograph of Edward Hearle Rodd (1810-1880), seated and reading a book. Rodd was born in St Just in Roseland, and, after qualifying as a solicitor, settled in Penzance

Background imageZoology Collection: Sky Lark bird

Sky Lark bird
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891

Background imageZoology Collection: Blackbird or True thrush

Blackbird or True thrush
A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853-1891



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Zoology, the study of animals, encompasses a vast array of species from all corners of the world. From the intricate etchings by Durer to Audubon's detailed lithographs, artists have long captured the beauty and diversity found in nature. In 1502, Albrecht Durer created his masterpiece "Hare, " showcasing his keen eye for detail during the Renaissance period. Carel Fabritius followed suit with "The Goldfinch, " a painting that immortalized this small bird in stunning realism. John James Audubon's lithograph of the American Flamingo in 1858 brought attention to this elegant creature with its vibrant pink plumage. Meanwhile, the Mauritian Dodo reminds us of an unfortunate fate suffered by some species due to human impact. Edward Donovan's handcoloured copperplate engraving depicted the Greater Weever fish with its venomous spines - a reminder that not all creatures are as harmless as they may seem. The Yellow Hammer bird adds a splash of color to our understanding of avian biodiversity. The Thylacine, also known as Tasmanian Tiger or Wolf, serves as a poignant example of extinction caused by human activities. Bhawani Das' Great Indian Fruit Bat showcases another fascinating mammal found in South Asia. Birds like Sparrow Hawks and Belted Kingfishers demonstrate nature's prowess as skilled hunters while Binturongs display their unique arboreal adaptations. These examples highlight just a fraction of what zoology has uncovered about Earth's incredible fauna. Through art and scientific inquiry alike, we continue to uncover new wonders within zoology - reminding us how interconnected we are with these magnificent creatures and emphasizing our responsibility towards their conservation for future generations.