Lectures and Talks

Natural Histories: A Special Lecture

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tasmanian Tiger Natural Histories

English ornithologist and taxidermist John Gould’s images and descriptions for the three-volume work The mammals of Australia (1863) remain an invaluable record of Australian animals that became increasingly rare with European settlement. The “Tasmanian tigers” pictured here were actually thylacines (Thylacinus cynocephalus), the world’s largest meat-eating marsupials until going extinct in 1936. 

Join Tom Baione, Boeschenstein Director of Library Services, for a lecture about Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library. Edited by Baione, this beautiful book profiling important illustrated works from the Library's Rare Book collection also inspired the current Museum exhibition Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library. Baione will bring several of these important scientific works to the lecture, allowing attendees a closer look at the originals.

Learn more about the exhibition in a video.