Great bustard gets spruced up for a show at London’s Natural History Museum

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Senior conservator Nikki Harrison and Emanuele Casafredda work on a great bustard specimen

Lucie Goodayle / The Natural History Museum, London

Why were birds the only dinosaurs to survive the fateful asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago? A new exhibition sheds light on the extent of birds’ adaptability and the behaviours that allowed them to thrive in all niches.

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre, created by the UK’s Natural History Museum with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, pays tribute to the qualities of what it calls “ultimate survivors”. But it also shows how global…