Paper nautilus: a glossy white fan of a shell, so fragile that the sun infused it, gleaming through every tight fold. Illustration: Michael Viney

Once, walking the tideline on my first Greek island, I came upon a most beautiful oceanic artefact. It covered the palm of my hand and there weighed a(...)

Giant deer: as they grew, their antlers grew too. Illustration: Michael Viney

I suppose I shall get better at navigating the virtual tour that the natural history museum in Dublin now offers at its website, although I can still (...)