Students explore evolution at Oxford museum

40 Biology students recently visited the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, as part of their ‘Classification and Evolution’ topic.

The Museum was founded in 1860 and is famous for its curation of the Oxford Dodo, dinosaur and zoology collections.

During the trip, students learned why genetics mean some of us hate sprouts and how natural selection has shaped the barnacle’s evolution.

“The timing worked really well as the students had just covered these topics in lessons, so gained a deeper level of understanding,” said Biology Lecturer Simon Jones.

The group were given a chance to hold some of the museum’s Madagascar hissing cockroaches, in order to learn about the creature’s biology.

Another feature of the trip was Oxford’s Botanical Gardens, where the group had the unique opportunity to explore the incredible diversity of plants.

The Gardens are the oldest in the UK, sporting the country’s finest conifer collections across a 130 acre picturesque landscape.

“It was a fantastic day for the students,” said Lecturer Simon. “The trip really brought the topics they study to life and we’ll be back next year for sure!”


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