The Grant Museum of Zoology is home to a fascinating collection of 68,000 specimens and preserved animals spanning more than 200 years.
The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy was established in 1827 by Robert Edmond Grant to serve as a teaching collection at the newly founded University of London (now University College London).
Grant was best known during his time for his work on marine invertebrates, in particular sponges, sea pens and molluscs. His work influenced the young Charles Darwin during his second year at Edinburgh University.
Grant was the first Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy in England. Upon arrival at the university, he found no teaching materials with which to conduct his courses. He immediately began to collect specimens, material for dissection, diagrams and lecture notes and these form the basis of the Museum today.
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