A new exhibition called Extinction or Survival is due to open at the Manchester Museum on 21st October.

Extinction or Survival will run until 20th April 2017, and admission will be free.

Using specimens from the museum’s own collections, as well as objects borrowed from other museums across the north, the exhibition will challenge visitors to question: how important is it to save biodiversity?

Groups will be able to explore the consequences of species loss, consider which animals should be saved if we had a choice, and learn what humans could be doing to make a difference to potential species dying out.

The exhibition will also display case studies whereby people have influenced the survival of animal and plant species, and demonstrate the negative effects of over-exploitation and habitat fragmentation.

Groups will be able to learn about iconic extinct species such as the dodo, along with lesser-known creatures such as the giant earwig.

Evolutionary biologist and broadcaster, Dr Ben Garrod, is set to open Extinction or Survival on 20th October.

Garrod has presented television shows including Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough at the BBC, in addition to his own programme, the BBC Four series Secrets of Bones.

About Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, boasts a collection of about 4.5 million items from every continent.

Groups can explore a number of displays of dinosaurs, mummies and live animals like reptiles and amphibians. There are also fossils, rocks and minerals, stuffed animals, birds and insects, and archaeological finds from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece.

For further information visit www.manchester.ac.uk/museum.

Photo credit: Paul Cliff Photography