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NHM launches Evolution app
12.07.12 | Charlotte Williams
The Natural History Museum has released an iPad app which explains the story of evolution.
The app, NHM Evolution, is available now globally on Apple iTunes and the Apple App Store, priced £9.99. It was developed by Authored Apps in partnership with the west London museum, and is written by science writer Douglas Palmer, with contributions from the museum's scientists. It is based on Palmer's book, Evolution: The Story of Life.
The app features include an exhibition of 34 iconic fossils; 17 multi-media treatments which explain the key events in Earth's past, such as snowball glaciations and mass extinctions; 570 hi-res images which pinch and expand for full-frame views; 38 biographies of the pioneers of evolutionary theory; ten tutorial videos from some of the museum's leading experts; and a timeline with text and audio commentaries for every eon, era and period.
The Natural History Museum's head of publishing, Colin Ziegler, said: "We are delighted to have been able to contribute to such a fantastic resource. The touch-screen functionality of the iPad is a really fun, interactive way in which people can learn more about Earth's past and examine the fossil evidence for themselves."