Natalie Lawrence
Freelance writer, London

Dr Natalie Lawrence is a nature writer and historian of science, whose work has appeared in BBC Wildlife magazine and Public Domain Review, among others. She has a PhD in the history of exotic monstrosity and is the author of Feathers and Eggshells (2005). She lives in London.

Written by Natalie Lawrence

A Colossal Octopus [Pierre Denys de Montfort] (1828-40) by Orra White Hitchcock, who was one of the first female scientific illustrators in the US. Courtesy Amherst College Archives

History of science
A history of monsters

Monsters once inhabited the mysterious fringes of the known world. In our human-dominated present, can they still be found?

Natalie Lawrence