Hippos in Trafalgar Square

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Event type: talk, evening event

Location: Attenborough Studio

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Can you imagine rhinos and mammoths wandering Uxbridge, or giant lions and hippos roaming Trafalgar Square?

Every so often, as part of the continuous building and redevelopment taking place in London, fossil remains are unearthed that give us a glimpse of a very different London. Some of these animals were well adapted to live during our last cold stage, 40,000 years ago, while others basked in almost tropical temperatures 125,000 years ago.

Join Roula Pappa, Curator of British Pleistocene Mammals, for a closer look at the fossils that have been unearthed around the city and what they tell us about the impressive animals that once lived in the area, when they went extinct and why.

This is a free event. Please join the queue outside the Attenborough Studio early to avoid disappointment.


This event is part of Lates, where you can explore the Museum's galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours. Don't miss the other great events happening the same evening.

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How to find the Attenborough Studio

The Attenborough Studio is in the Darwin Centre in the Orange Zone and is accessed through the Mammals gallery.

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