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Mammals Collection

Mammals, the diverse group of animals that share common characteristics such as warm-bloodedness, hair or fur, and the ability to nurse their young

Background imageMammals Collection: Sensory homunculus

Sensory homunculus
This model shows what a mans body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its sensory perception

Background imageMammals Collection: African elephant herd walking {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli, Kenya

African elephant herd walking {Loxodonta africana} Amboseli, Kenya

Background imageMammals Collection: Brown bear (Ursus arctos) and Grey wolf (Canis lupus) together in wetlands, Kuhmo

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) and Grey wolf (Canis lupus) together in wetlands, Kuhmo, Finland, July

Background imageMammals Collection: Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) male, India

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) male, India

Background imageMammals Collection: Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) male, walking through forest, South India

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) male, walking through forest, South India

Background imageMammals Collection: Coast at Claddaghduff with Omey Island, Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Coast at Claddaghduff with Omey Island, Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imageMammals Collection: Sooty Mangabey (coloured engraving)

Sooty Mangabey (coloured engraving)
999903 Sooty Mangabey (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Engraver:Johann Carl Bock From A Die SAaugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit)

Background imageMammals Collection: Mary Anning (1799-1847)

Mary Anning (1799-1847)
Pioneer fossil collector of Lyme Regis, Dorset. Oil painting by an unknown artist, before 1842. Golden Cap is visible in the background. Held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageMammals Collection: Motor homunculus

Motor homunculus
This model shows what a mans body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its movement

Background imageMammals Collection: Orangutan {Pongo pygmaeus} baby swinging in the trees, Rehabilitation sanctuary

Orangutan {Pongo pygmaeus} baby swinging in the trees, Rehabilitation sanctuary, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia

Background imageMammals Collection: Pair of European grey wolves (Canis lupus) interacting, Tromso, Norway, captive, April

Pair of European grey wolves (Canis lupus) interacting, Tromso, Norway, captive, April

Background imageMammals Collection: Hominid crania

Hominid crania
L to R: Australopithecus africanus; Homo rudolfensis; H.erectus; H. heildebergensis; H. neanderthalensis and H. sapiens. Arranged in chronological order these specimens (casts)

Background imageMammals Collection: Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) resting, Pico, Azores, Portugal, June 2009

Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) resting, Pico, Azores, Portugal, June 2009 WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. NOT AVAILABLE FOR GREETING CARDS OR CALENDARS. WWE BOOK

Background imageMammals Collection: African Lioness - close up of female

African Lioness - close up of female (Panthera leo)

Background imageMammals Collection: Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)

Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)
A cast of the partial skeleton (nicknamed Lucy) of Australopithecus afarensis found at the Hadar, North East Ethiopia in 1974 by Donald Johanson

Background imageMammals Collection: Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats

Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats
Pterodactylus crassirostris above P. brevirostris. Plate from Note on the Pterodactyle Tribe... Paper in The Zoologist, Vol 1, 1843 by Edward Newman

Background imageMammals Collection: Sir David Attenborough with mountain gorillas on location for BBC series Life on Earth, Rwanda

Sir David Attenborough with mountain gorillas on location for BBC series Life on Earth, Rwanda, Africa 1978

Background imageMammals Collection: Llama {Lama glama} portrait, captive, Peru

Llama {Lama glama} portrait, captive, Peru

Background imageMammals Collection: Wet black Labrador Retriever dog (Canis lupus familiaris) at the dog beach, male, domestic dog

Wet black Labrador Retriever dog (Canis lupus familiaris) at the dog beach, male, domestic dog

Background imageMammals Collection: Head portrait of male silverback Western lowland gorilla {Gorilla gorilla gorilla} UK

Head portrait of male silverback Western lowland gorilla {Gorilla gorilla gorilla} UK

Background imageMammals Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageMammals Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageMammals Collection: Wolverine (Gulo gulo) walking over snow, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, April 2008

Wolverine (Gulo gulo) walking over snow, Kamchatka, Far East Russia, April 2008

Background imageMammals Collection: Fallow deer (Dama dama) grazing, Holkham, Norfolk, November 2011

Fallow deer (Dama dama) grazing, Holkham, Norfolk, November 2011

Background imageMammals Collection: Flemish giant rabbit with ears erect

Flemish giant rabbit with ears erect

Background imageMammals Collection: Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)

Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)
A partial skeleton (nicknamed Lucy) of Australopithecus afarensis found at the Hadar, North East Ethiopia in 1974 by Donald Johanson

Background imageMammals Collection: Greyhound design

Greyhound design
Drawing 26 Vol 2 by Alfred Waterhouse for the ornamentation of the Natural History Museum, London, 1876. (Two separate negatives)

Background imageMammals Collection: Ground sloth droppings or coprolite

Ground sloth droppings or coprolite
Ground sloth (Mylodon darwinii) fossilised droppings or coprolite, 13, 000 year old specimen from the Pleistocene, Chile

Background imageMammals Collection: A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring

A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849

Background imageMammals Collection: Highland cow lying on Heather, Curbar Edge, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

Highland cow lying on Heather, Curbar Edge, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. August

Background imageMammals Collection: Brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in wheat stubble, Norfolk, UK, August

Brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in wheat stubble, Norfolk, UK, August

Background imageMammals Collection: Orang utan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) portrait of mother with baby, occurs in Borneo

Orang utan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) portrait of mother with baby, occurs in Borneo, captive, Endangered

Background imageMammals Collection: Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) playing in the waves of an oil tanker, Port Aransas

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) playing in the waves of an oil tanker, Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Background imageMammals Collection: Pine marten (Martes martes) juvenile, climbing pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe

Pine marten (Martes martes) juvenile, climbing pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK, July

Background imageMammals Collection: European hare (Lepus europaeus) in set aside field seeded with Corn Marigolds (Chrysanthemum)

European hare (Lepus europaeus) in set aside field seeded with Corn Marigolds (Chrysanthemum)
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in set aside field seeded with Corn Marigolds (Chrysanthemum segetum), Norfolk, England, UK, September

Background imageMammals Collection: Wild Siberian / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in woodland, near Perekatnaj river

Wild Siberian / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) in woodland, near Perekatnaj river, Lazovskyi region, Primorskyi krai, Far East Russia, February. Endangered species

Background imageMammals Collection: Orangutan baby (Pongo pygmaeus) head portrait of baby, Semengoh Nature reserve, Sarawak, Borneo

Orangutan baby (Pongo pygmaeus) head portrait of baby, Semengoh Nature reserve, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Endangered

Background imageMammals Collection: African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) pack passing infront of large African elephant (Loxodonta africana)

African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) pack passing infront of large African elephant (Loxodonta africana) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe October 2012

Background imageMammals Collection: Alaska Brown Bears (Ursus arctos) Alaska, Digital Composite

Alaska Brown Bears (Ursus arctos) Alaska, Digital Composite

Background imageMammals Collection: Head of a Bald Uakari, Cacajao calvus, red-faced monkey

Head of a Bald Uakari, Cacajao calvus, red-faced monkey

Background imageMammals Collection: Sika deer, Spotted Deer or Japanese Deer (Cervus nippon), stag

Sika deer, Spotted Deer or Japanese Deer (Cervus nippon), stag

Background imageMammals Collection: Neofelis nebulosa diardi, clouded leopard

Neofelis nebulosa diardi, clouded leopard
Felis diardi. Plate from A Monograph of the Felidae, or Family of the Cats, 1833, by Daniel Giraud Elliot. One of 43 hand-coloured lithographs by Joseph Wolf (1820-1899) and Joseph Smit (1836-1929)

Background imageMammals Collection: Ballyregan Bob, greyhound

Ballyregan Bob, greyhound
Photograph of Ballyregan Bob, the famous racing greyhound. Specimen on display at the Natural History Museum at Tring

Background imageMammals Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageMammals Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageMammals Collection: Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along

Young Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing and trying to balance in shallow water along the Bernard Spit, 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Background imageMammals Collection: Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Sabyinyo Group, Silverback in meadow

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Sabyinyo Group, Silverback in meadow, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, East Africa

Background imageMammals Collection: European grey wolf (Canis lupus) interacting with a European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo

European grey wolf (Canis lupus) interacting with a European brown bear (Ursus arctos) Kuhmo, Finland, July 2009. WWE INDOOR EXHIBITION



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Mammals, the diverse group of animals that share common characteristics such as warm-bloodedness, hair or fur, and the ability to nurse their young. From the majestic brown bear and grey wolf roaming together in wetlands to the captivating sight of a pair of European grey wolves interacting in Tromso, Norway, these creatures never fail to captivate us with their beauty. Just like Mary Anning, a pioneering paleontologist who discovered important fossils from ancient mammals during her time (1799-1847), we continue to uncover fascinating insights about our mammalian ancestors. The hominid crania and Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) also known as Lucy provide valuable clues about our evolutionary journey. But it's not just our own species that fascinates us; we are equally intrigued by other mammals' behaviors. Whether it's witnessing a wolverine gracefully walking over snow in Kamchatka or observing an African lioness up close with her intense gaze, these moments remind us of the incredible diversity within this animal group. Sperm whales resting peacefully off the coast of Pico in Portugal or encountering a wild Siberian/Amur tiger amidst woodland near Perekatnaj river evoke awe for their sheer power and grace. Even llamas can capture our attention with their unique charm when portrayed in stunning portraits against vibrant landscapes. As we delve deeper into understanding mammalian biology, concepts like sensory homunculus and motor homunculus help unravel how different parts of their bodies contribute to various senses and movements. These intricate details only deepen our appreciation for these remarkable creatures. Mammals encompass an extraordinary array of species that continually amaze us through their behavior, appearance, and evolutionary history. They remind us that nature's wonders extend far beyond what meets the eye – whether it be bears splashing through wetlands or tigers prowling silently through woodlands – mammals never cease to captivate our imagination.