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Museum of Life

Museum of Life is a BBC documentary series hosted by Jimmy Doherty, taking a look behind the scenes at the British Museum of Natural History. The Museum is home to 70 million specimens that come in all shapes and sizes, and from many different countries around the world. The Museum's collections serve many purposes, from educating and inspiring visitors to solving problems in agricultural, medical and forensic science. The series consists of six episodes, which show some of the important work the Museum's leading scientists do as well as tell stories of some of the amazing specimens. And topics dealt with in the series include Darwin's finches, human origins, the construction of a life-sized whale, a giant squid displayed at the Museum, and insects.

Episode 1 - A Museum in a Modern World
This episode looks at some of the millions of specimens in the Museum's collections, which serve many purposes, from educating and inspiring visitors to solving problems in agricultural, medical and forensic science.

Episode 2 - Digging Up the Past
This episode finds out about the discovery of a new dinosaur, the latest thinking on the personality of a T-Rex, and what scientists are learning from a human skull over a hundred thousand years old.

Episode 3 - All Creatures Great and Small
This episode explores projects from the construction of a life-sized whale to a life-saving trip to Uganda. The true image of a dodo is revealed, and a nine-foot sturgeon turns up with the strangest tale of any object in the museum.

Episode 4 - Discovery
This episode goes behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum to discover the lengths people go to to add new and rarely studied species to the collection.

Episode 5 - The Power of Insects
This episode explores the great butterfly collection, meets the most stung man in the museum and discovers how the museum is using insects to help at murder scenes.

Episode 6 - A Collection for the Future
This episode goes behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum to see how science taking place today will impact on all of us in the future.


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