Collections Enquiries

Requests for specimen information

Our research collections are not currently available to search online. If you would like information about what we have please contact us and we can search our collections database and send you a list of relevant material. Not all of our collections are presently catalogued, but we will do our best to find the information you require. Please allow 20 working days for us to respond to your enquiry; completing your request may take longer.

General information about our different Museum collections can be found here.

  • An online catalogue of our British type fossils is now available here. You can see photographs and 3D digital models of many of our fossils.

Some useful information you could provide to help us in our search for paleontology enquiries:

  • Identification - With any synonyms or re-identifications you may be aware of.
  • Specimen number – If known. Sometimes listed in publication with the prefix SM or CAMSM.
  • Bibliographic reference – Author, date, title and name of publication if the specimen has been figured or mentioned.
  • Geological dating – Chronostratigraphic, lithostratigraphic or biostratigraphic dating.
  • Locality.
  • Collector or Collection.

To request specimen information or for further details please contact us. 



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Feb 11, 2016

Just over 60 years ago, in June 1952, the remains of a giant marine reptile known as a pliosaur were uncovered by a dragline excavator at Stretham, near Cambridge. At an estimated length of between 10 and 20 metres, the extinct predator was described in the local press as one of the biggest and most complete pliosaurs known.


Oct 30, 2015

Stripping the Land Bare - Framing and Glazing of William Smith's 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales