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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May 22, 2015

A weird group of ancient but surviving carnivorous worms, known as priapulids, which live in burrows on the seabed, evolved a remarkable method of capturing their prey – they can turn their hook-lined throat region inside out through the mouth to form a very effective grappling iron for capturing their prey.


May 19, 2015

The possibility that the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago may have been caused by the eruption of the Deccan lavas in India has been increased by new research, published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin (doi:10.1130/B31167.1).


A view of the Mahabaleshwar escarpment in the western Ghats, India. Just a small part of the 3.6 km thick pile of lavas that flooded over the Deccan region of India some 66 million years ago? (photo copyright Dr Sally Gibson, Dept. Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge)