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Photographed by Darío Podestá in an Argentinian salt flat, this plover chick is without doubt one of the cutest animals in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Two-banded plover chicks will leave their nests almost immediately after they hatch, relying on their stilt-like legs to keep pace with their parents and to evade potential predators. Their long legs also keep their soft down away from the wet ground. After four or five weeks, they will grow large enough to fly away from the care of their mother and father.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a complete sell-out this weekend. Please book in advance to guarantee entry - click the bio link or head to www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy.

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All that research has paid off! Taking their dino hunt into the Green Zone's Birds gallery, our #Dinovember gang are reuniting with their avian relatives.
The birds we know today are living dinosaurs. One group of these ancient animals - the theropods - started to evolve bird-like characteristics many millions of years ago. Check out our bio link for the full story: http://bit.ly/NHM-How-Dinosaurs-Evolved-Into-Birds

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As well as all the usual skating action, this evening at the @nhm_icerink you can catch @christianpunter, @thejeanmikhael and @haychsane as part of @ticketmasteruk's Thursday night Acoustic Lates.
Entry to our alpine-style Café Bar is free, so even if you're not a skater, you can kick back with a mulled wine and enjoy the tunes! Click the bio link or head to bit.ly/NHM-Acoustic to see the line-ups for future Acoustic Lates.

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Ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes at the Museum? We can't invite everyone in person but we do have the next best thing: tune in to our live broadcast at 17:30 GMT today to take a look into one of our specimen stores. We'll also be chatting with scientists about issues from the natural world you may have seen in the news, and taking your questions throughout the show.
Watch on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook Live or Youtube - search #NHM_Live.
Don’t worry if you miss the live show - the recording will be available to replay on all those platforms.
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#Dinovember's well under way, which means this lot have set out on their hunt for fellow dinosaurs in the Museum’s galleries.
We managed to track them down as they paid our Stegosaurus skeleton a visit - this dino’s easy to find as you enter from Exhibition Road.

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Your planet needs you! 🌍 From seas of plastic to struggling coral reefs, join us and @nercscience for a special #NHMLates and meet the scientists tackling our planet's most urgent environmental challenges.
Experience the wonder of Earth, a touring artwork by @lukejerramartist and take part in an interactive adventure to learn #HowWeSaveTheWorld from climate change with interactive theatre makers Coney.

Fri 30 Nov, 18.00-22.00: link in bio.

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This rare swallowtail butterfly (Iphiclides podalirius) was captured in 1916 in a front line trench at Maricourt in the Somme valley, by a soldier named A A Tullett. It was acquired by the Museum in 1934. #Armistice100
Follow our bio link for the full story: http://bit.ly/NHM-At-War
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a complete sell-out this weekend. Tickets get snapped up fast - we recommend being as speedy as this lightning-quick jaguar, photographed catching a yacaré caiman in @christianbrunskill's dramatic image, The Bigger Bite!

Click the bio link or head to www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy to book in advance and guarantee entry.

The jaguar had come across the yacaré caiman by chance – accidentally stepping on the reptile after a failed charge at a capybara. Without hesitation the jaguar pounced, overcoming its monstrously large prey in minutes. The yacaré caiman and jaguar are both top predators in the Pantanal Wetlands, and struggles like this are not unusual. Though excellent swimmers, jaguars tend to stalk or ambush their prey on the ground, subduing them with their formidable bite. After they have delivered their final blow, they will often drag carcasses to shelter to enjoy their meal in peace.

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Crawl through a bat cave, see mysterious creatures from the bottom of the ocean and come face-to-face with the animals that come out when you're fast asleep in our #LifeInTheDark exhibition. Check out the link in our bio.

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@TheWiderEarth is extending its run at the Museum until 24 February. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - 'A family-friendly account of Darwin's five-year voyage on HMS Beagle' - Evening Standard

Take advantage of the 'Free for children' offer and introduce budding scientists to the story of a young Darwin.

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During the First World War, British forces used over one million horses and mules to pull heavy machinery, carry supplies and provide transport.

This skeleton was used by soldiers to help them better understand the anatomy of the war horses. It is still on display at the Museum, and can be found in the Mammals Gallery.

Find out more by clicking on the link in our bio.
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Of course! Our runaway reptiles are on the hunt for some dino know-how. Their trip to the Library should give them all they need to hunt down the dinosaurs around the Museum.
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