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Fossilised Collection (#8)

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo neanderthalensis cranium (Tabun 1)

Homo neanderthalensis cranium (Tabun 1)
Front view of the skull of a female Homo neanderthalensis discovered at Tabun at Mt. Carmel, Israel. The specimen known as Tabun 1 dates back to around 100, 000 year ago

Background imageFossilised Collection: Rhynchosaurus skull

Rhynchosaurus skull
This skull measuring 78mm belongs to an extinct genus of reptile called Rhynchosaurus. It lived during the Triassic period and fossils have been found in Africa, Europe and Brazil

Background imageFossilised Collection: Columber kargi

Columber kargi

Background imageFossilised Collection: Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus skeleton

Plesiosaurus dolichodeirus skeleton
From the Lower Jurassic, Lyme Regis, Dorset. This is the first articulated plesiosaur ever found and one of Mary Annings greatest discoveries. Length 2.9 meters

Background imageFossilised Collection: Geosaurus gracilis

Geosaurus gracilis
The fossil skeleton of the Geosaurus gracilis, an extinct aquatic crocodylian which lived during the Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous periods

Background imageFossilised Collection: Pliosaurus ferox tooth

Pliosaurus ferox tooth
A fossil tooth that once belonged to the extinct carnivorous marine reptile, Pliosaurus ferox that lived during the Jurasic period

Background imageFossilised Collection: Copal with honey bee

Copal with honey bee
A piece of East African copal with a honey bee, Apis mellifera preserved inside it. Specimen is less than 2 million years old

Background imageFossilised Collection: Mayfly in Baltic amber

Mayfly in Baltic amber
A well-preserved Mayfly, Ephemeroptera: Heptageniidae in Baltic amber. Specimen originates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Stone age horse

Stone age horse
A plastic replica of amber stone age horse carving. Image from Amber the Natural Time Capsule fig. 23

Background imageFossilised Collection: Pine wood with resin filled cavity

Pine wood with resin filled cavity
A piece of pine wood with a resin filled cavity inside. Fossilised resin becomes amber. Figure 4 from Amber The Natural Time Capsule

Background imageFossilised Collection: Sigillaria mamillaris (Brongniart), Lycopod

Sigillaria mamillaris (Brongniart), Lycopod
Part of a stem of a Sigillaria mamillaris, a lycopod, a Carboniferous plant. Upper Carboniferous; Darton, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Range: Genus, Carboniferous-Permian, Species, Westphalian

Background imageFossilised Collection: Angiosperm leaf in Baltic amber

Angiosperm leaf in Baltic amber
Eudaphniphyllum leaf in preserved Baltic amber, dating from the Upper Eocene, about 35 million years old. Amber is fossilised tree resin

Background imageFossilised Collection: Australopithecus africanus cranium & mandible (Sts 5)

Australopithecus africanus cranium & mandible (Sts 5)
Cast reconstruction of cranium & mandible belonging to Australopithecus africanus discovered at Sterkfontein by Dr Robert Broom and J.T. Robinson in April 1947

Background imageFossilised Collection: Baltic amber with caddis fly

Baltic amber with caddis fly
A Caddis fly, Trichoptera preserved in Baltic amber. The cracks in the amber are filled with crystals of iron pyrite. Specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Orchid bee in copal

Orchid bee in copal
Orchid bee in Colombian copal (a younger stage of amber). Probabaly less than 2 million years old. Donated by Miguel Caycedo

Background imageFossilised Collection: Snail in Burmese amber

Snail in Burmese amber
A snail in trapped and preserved in Burmese amber. Upper Cretaceous about 80 million years old. Image from Amber The Natural Time Capsule figure 59

Background imageFossilised Collection: Acacia-like pod

Acacia-like pod
Part of Acacia-like pod, 14 cm long, from the Eocene of the Paris Basin

Background imageFossilised Collection: Stonefly in amber

Stonefly in amber
A Stonefly, Plecoptera: Leuctridae preserved in Baltic amber. Specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Priscacara clivosa, fossil fish

Priscacara clivosa, fossil fish
A fossilised fish originating from the Eocene epoch 58-37 milion years ago. Found in Wyoming, USA

Background imageFossilised Collection: Flat-footed beetle in amber

Flat-footed beetle in amber
A flat-footed beetle preserved in Dominican amber. This specimen dates from the Lower Miocene period

Background imageFossilised Collection: Dolichopodidae, long-legged fly in amber

Dolichopodidae, long-legged fly in amber
Long-legged fly preserved in Baltic amber. Specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Collection of fossilised molluscs

Collection of fossilised molluscs
Plate 21 from Gideon Algernon Mantells Fossils of the South Downs, 1822

Background imageFossilised Collection: Stick insect in amber

Stick insect in amber
A stick insect, Phasmatodea preserved in Baltic amber. Specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Barklouse in amber

Barklouse in amber
A Barklouse, Pscoptera preserved in Dominican amber. Specimen dates from the Lower Miocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Dance fly in amber

Dance fly in amber
A dance fly preserved in Baltic amber. This specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Hastings amber

Hastings amber
This amber is from the Lower Cretaceous rocks of Hastings, East Sussex. Amber is fossilised tree resin

Background imageFossilised Collection: Scorpion tail in Burmese amber

Scorpion tail in Burmese amber dating from the Upper Cretaceous about 80 million years old. Image from Amber The Natural Time Capsule. Figure 100

Background imageFossilised Collection: Hurdia victoria, ancient fossil

Hurdia victoria, ancient fossil
This fossil dates from the Middle Cambrian rocks of the Burgess Shale, British Columbia

Background imageFossilised Collection: Ottoia prolifica, priapulid worm

Ottoia prolifica, priapulid worm
A priapulid worm fossil from the Middle Cambrian, Burgess Shale, British Columbia

Background imageFossilised Collection: Snipe fly in amber

Snipe fly in amber
Snipe fly in Baltic amber dating from the Upper Eocene period and is about 35 million years old

Background imageFossilised Collection: Fossil leaf miner

Fossil leaf miner
A leaf miner has left a snaking trail in this leaf from the Middle Eocene of Bournemouth, England

Background imageFossilised Collection: Cypress twig in Baltic amber

Cypress twig in Baltic amber
A cypress twig in Baltic amber dating from the Upper Eocene. Amber is fossilised tree resin. Image from Amber the Natural Time Capsule (1998) by Andrew Ross

Background imageFossilised Collection: Mite in amber

Mite in amber

Background imageFossilised Collection: Amber pendant

Amber pendant
An amber pendant with circular cracks known as sun spangles which are produced by heating the amber. Borrowed from Goldmajor Ltd. Image is from Amber the Natural Time Capsule

Background imageFossilised Collection: Eolates gracilis, fossil fish

Eolates gracilis, fossil fish
A fossil fish originating from the Eocene rocks, Monte Bolca, Italy. Fish specimen is 16.5 cms long

Background imageFossilised Collection: Horsefly in Baltic amber

Horsefly in Baltic amber
A horsefly, Diptera: Brachycera: Tabanidae trapped in Baltic amber and dates from the Upper Eocene. Amber is fossilised tree resin

Background imageFossilised Collection: Lacewing larva in amber

Lacewing larva in amber
Lacewing larva preserved in Baltic amber. This specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageFossilised Collection: Agnostid trilobite

Agnostid trilobite of Cambrian age, found in deep water. It is a blind trilobite of only a few millimetres long, with only two thoracic segments

Background imageFossilised Collection: Conodont fossils

Conodont fossils
Scanning electron microscope image of fossils from the Devonian period of northern Estonia, about 465 Ma old ( x 4.2). These creatures are still a mystery to paleontologists

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo erectus cranium (Ngandong 12)

Homo erectus cranium (Ngandong 12)
The cranium (cast) of a young adult male discovered at Ngandong on the Solo River terrace near Randublatung, Java. It was excavated by C. ter Haar and team in 1931-33. This specimen dates back c

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo sapiens (Goughs Cave 139) maxillae

Homo sapiens (Goughs Cave 139) maxillae
Adult modern human maxillae excavated from Goughs Cave, Cheddar, Somerset dated at around 14, 000 to 12, 000 years old, (Creswellian)

Background imageFossilised Collection: Plaster models of conodonts

Plaster models of conodonts
From top left Ancyrodella, Gnathodus, Polygnathus, Cavusgnathus, Polygnathoides and Oistodus. These models were produced by Christain Hurfurth under the direction of Dr Klaus Muller

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo sapiens (Goughs Cave 22 / 87)

Homo sapiens (Goughs Cave 22 / 87)
Adolescent human maxillae excavated from Goughs Cave, Cheddar, Somerset dated at around 14, 000 to 12, 000 years old, (Creswellian)

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo sapiens cranium (Omo 2)

Homo sapiens cranium (Omo 2)
Frontal view of a cranium belonging to Archaic Homo sapiens dating back to 130, 000 years ago. This specimen is a cast of the skull known as Omo 2 discovered in 1967 at the Omo River, Ethiopia

Background imageFossilised Collection: Aulacostephanus autissiodorensis, ammonite

Aulacostephanus autissiodorensis, ammonite
Shown here is an Upper Jurassic macroconch (larger form) ammonite. Despite some damage to the shell, the fine ribbing is still apparent

Background imageFossilised Collection: Homo sapiens cranium (Border Cave 1)

Homo sapiens cranium (Border Cave 1)
Lateral view of cast of a Homo sapiens skull discovered at Liujiang (or Liukiang), Kwangsi Province, China by farm workers in 1958. Upper Pleistocene 130, 000-12, 000 BP

Background imageFossilised Collection: Ostracods

Ostracods
Small arthropods with two valves. These examples are Jurassic in age



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