The Unburnt Egg: More Stories Of A Museum Curator by Brian GillThe Unburnt Egg: More Stories Of A Museum Curator by Brian Gill

The Unburnt Egg: More Stories Of A Museum Curator

byBrian Gill

Paperback | January 1, 2017

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Museum natural history collections have been called libraries of life. Their very purpose is to help us probe, understand and enjoy the world’s astonishing biodiversity. In The Unburnt Egg Brian Gill continues his spellbinding stories from more than thirty years as a curator. Some tales are so bizarre they read like fiction: a population of ship rats decimating the entire wildlife of an island and then collapsing; birds leaving their young to be raised by other birds; frogs and lizards living in trees and flying. Others reveal the painstaking detective work involved in solving mysteries presented by police, biosecurity agencies, government departments and members of the public. Frogs’ legs on sale as chicken, a feather hidden in a bag of sugar, a live boa constrictor on a street in snake-free New Zealand—it’s all in a day’s work. Into these stories Gill weaves as fascinating a cast of characters as you are ever likely to meet.
Brian Gill is former curator of birds and other land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, author and co-author of many books, including The Owl that Fell from the Sky (Awa Press, 2012), New Zealand’s Unique Birds, The Kiwi and Other Flightless Birds, and New Zealand Frogs and Reptiles, and a contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Forest ...
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Title:The Unburnt Egg: More Stories Of A Museum CuratorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 6.75 × 5.75 × 0.9 inPublished:January 1, 2017Publisher:Awa PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927249295

ISBN - 13:9781927249291

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"A comprehensive account of the role of museums and curators . . . there are many great stories here: and there is a wry, accurate and entertaining raconteur to tell them." —Keith Woodley, Pukorokoro Miranda News