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.
- Collector or Collection.
To request specimen information or for further details please contact us.
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10:00 to 16:00 Sunday
Aug 19, 2016
For most people, the idea of finding old poo is disgusting, and the idea of dissecting it and sorting through it is even worse! Unless of course you’re a child of a certain age and the poo in question is dinosaur poo.
Jun 28, 2016
One of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Sedgwick Museum is what exactly are fossils and how do they form? This question also fascinated Agostino Scilla (1629-1700); an artist who lived in the Sicilian town of Messina during the 1600s. Scilla attempted to answer this question in his book La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso (Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense), published in Naples in 1670.