A selection from the Natural History Museum

I loved the Natural History Museum in London. If animals, geology, or any of the natural sciences tickle your fancy then this place is a treasure trove. Like many boys I loved dinosaurs, and this place does them well. The blue whale and the hummingbird case – two very different points on the animal spectrum – were also favourites. The Museum has 860,000 items in its mammal collection, 58 million animals in total, five million pressed plants, nine million fossils, 300,000 rocks, and 2000 meteorites.

Ahead of a major new BBC TV series – Museum of Life – six members the Museum’s team of 300 scientists each pick a treasure in the Guardian that exemplify both what a special place it is and how marvellous nature is.