Natural Histories

Dolphins of the Belfiore

Does the intelligent sea mammal, long associated with Venus, the goddess of love, offer a clue to a lost jewel of the Renaissance? 

Placing the Platypus

Defying categorisation since its discovery, was the platypus a mammal, a reptile, or something else? 

Pigs Might Try

Putting a pig on trial appears to defy logic, but in medieval France it gave rural folk the illusion of order in a frightening world. 

Bats: Out of Hell?

It took an Irish Gothic novelist to tie up centuries of demonic mythology surrounding this leathery, nocturnal mammal.