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 will soon be available here. You will be able to 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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Oct 8, 2014

As part of the Museum's new exciting project arising from the recent award from Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, a project conservator, Rachel Howie, has been working on some of the Museum's most prized specimens with the aim of enhancing digital access to these special objects.


Sep 5, 2014

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.