The Museum houses a large vertebrate collection containing fossils from all continents, particularly Britain and Europe.
The vertebrate collection includes
Discover fossil mammal material from across the globe, including a diverse collection of Mesozoic mammals and an abundance of type and figured material.
Founded in the 1880s, our fossil fish collection continues to increase in size and scope thanks to donations and fieldwork. It includes material from every modern continent and spans the Ordovician to the Pleistocene. Learn more.
Collections include Archaeopteryx, large flightless birds (ratites), and recently extinct species such as the dodo.
All major reptile clades are represented, and we care for one of the world's most important dinosaur collections. Explore our historic collection of 3,100 specimens, from the holotype specimen of the oldest known reptile to the first articulated plesiosaur.
Explore the highlights of our Late Devonian to Pleistocene collection, including type specimens of temnospondyl amphibians, microsaurs, nectrideans, frogs and salamanders.