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Gallery Guide

(Image © Big Other Films 2016)

Part of Making Nature: How we see animals

How we think about animals is fundamental to how we understand ourselves and our place in the world.

The “great chain of being” began with the ancient Greek philosophers.

Representations of animals in popular culture often exaggerate the qualities expressed in museum displays.

The history of zoos reveals how concepts of nature have evolved and tells of a modern tendency to romanticise wildness.

Organisms have been substantially altered by human beings, either through domestication or genetic engineering.