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One Day. Two Museums, Four Exhibitions, One Lecture and a bit of Shopping Part One

Last year, as you may remember, I went to London to see three exhibitions in one day (Pompeii and Herculaneum, Treasures of the Royal Court and David Bowie). This year I thought I’d go one better. Over the next few days you can find out some of the things that are going on in the Capital at the moment.

At the Natural History Museum you can go back to Britain a million years ago. The exhibition shows how the landscape of Britain changed many times over the course of this period, with it being joined to the European continent and cut off due to the Ice Age. It also shows the various animals that would have inhabited Britain at this time. Bears, wolves, hippos and lions all roamed the British Isles at various points, depending on the temperature.

The exhibition also showed the tools that early humans in Britain used such as flint knives and a video demonstrated how these were made. There is also the oldest known spear in Britain on display too. Towards the end are models of a Neanderthal man and a Homo Sapiens and speculation on what caused the Neanderthals to die out, along with evidence of interbreeding between the two species.

The exhibition ends with a piece on genetic ancestry where famous people have had their DNA examined to see where their ancestors originated. This is very interesting and just goes to show that all humans, despite our differences, are one and the same.

Want to know more? Go and see it! http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/britain-million-years/

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