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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

Essay/
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