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Top 10 science and nature 2011 news stories from the Natural History Museum in London
Close up of the 515-million-year-old fossilised eye of Anomalocaris. The fossilised lenses, some of more than 16,000, can be seen at higher magnification in the box at bottom right. © John Paterson.
LONDON.- From a rare dual-sex butterfly and an exciting new addition to the human family tree, to a striking electric-blue lobster and a new horned dinosaur, here are the top 10 favourite 2011 science and nature news stories from the Natural History Museum website.

1. Electric-blue lobster found in Billingsgate fish market, November
The most popular story from 2011 was about a striking blue live lobster that was brought to the Museum for identification.

2. Ancient Denisovans and the human family tree, January
The 2nd most popular story featured Museum human origins expert Chris Stringer talking about a new group of ancient humans and the research suggesting they interbred with us.

3. New horned dinosaur hidden for 90 years in Museum, December
The 3rd most popular story was about the new dinosaur Spinops uncovered in the Museum collections. Museum dinosaur expert Paul Barrett talks about the discovery.

2011 was also the year for interesting research on the ancient magpie-sized Archaeopteryx. Barrett comments on its place in the dinosaur-bird family tree.

4. Dual-sex butterfly hatches at Natural History Museum, July
As well as being a popular visitor attraction in 2011, the Sensational Butterflies butterfly house was home to the hatching of two rare dual-sex butterflies, one in July and an even rarer one in August.

5. World's heaviest spider title challenged at Museum and video, July
At number 5 was an article and video for the Guinness World Record title challenge between a Hercules baboon spider and Goliath bird-eating spider.

6. Earliest human skull-cups made in the UK, February
The 6th story and video was about how Museum scientists revealed the earliest known examples of human skulls made into cups in Somerset. Museum scientists uncovered another important modern human find in a Devon jawbone that revealed the earliest NW Europeans.

7. Oldest predator Anomalocaris had super sight, December
Scientists at the Museum find first direct evidence that Anomalocaris had compound eyes with 16,000 lenses.

8. Sediba human ancestor could shift our origins to South Africa, September
The 8th most popular story is about an almost 2-million-year-old human-like species that may be the ancestor to the first humans.

9. Bone-eating zombie worms can no longer hide, October
In the number 9 story, Museum scientists showed how a 3-million-year-old fossil revealed traces of bone-eating zombie worms.

10. Bee mimic flies in to a garden near you, April
Last on this list is news of the springtime sightings of a curious fly. The bee-fly is hairy like a bee, hovers and hums, and has a scary looking spike at one end!

Today's News

December 29, 2011

On Gustav Klimt's 150th birthday, Vienna's Belvedere marks 2012 as the Klimt Year

Beloved pop artist James Rizzi, author of unusual projects worldwide, dies at 61

A major landscape by painter Antonio Joli donated by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado

China Institute Gallery to present Theater, Life, and the Afterlife: Tomb Décor of the Jin Dynasty from Shanxi

'Forrest Gump', Chaplin's "The Kid" to be preserved in United States film registry

Rediscover the magic of Dale Chihuly glass at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie archive to land in his native Oklahoma

Next Art Chicago 2012: Debut of curatorial focus renews historic fair this spring

Top 10 science and nature 2011 news stories from the Natural History Museum in London

Russian court rejects proposed ban of Hindu text central to the global Hare Krishna movement

The Language of Less (Then and Now) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Design Museum joins international design consortium, direct link between London and Korea

Sculpture honoring the legacy of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells to be built in Chicago

Exhibition by Hans van Houwelingen & Jonas Staal at Kunsthal Antwerpen

Barbara Sparks: Photos from around the world at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Roger Hiorn's sculpture comprising two decommissioned aircaft engines is part of sculpture show

Accomplished artists in caricature exhibition to be presented at Nationalmuseum

Sweden court lets go 3 accused in artist kill plot

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

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