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Reptilia Collection

Background imageReptilia Collection: Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop

Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop
General Museum poster. Drawing of a child leading a dinosaur out of the Museum, with the slogan Take something home with you from the Natural History [Museum] Shop, South Kensington, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical lithograph cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ichthyosaurus acutirostris

Ichthyosaurus acutirostris
A fossil specimen of the extinct fish-like marine reptile Ichthyosaurus acutirostris from Germany. It lived during the Lower Jurassic period 205-180 million years ago

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake

Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake
Hand-coloured engraving from An account of Indian Serpents collected on the coast of Coromandel. The Patrick Russell Collection 1796 Date: 1796

Background imageReptilia Collection: Scleromochlus

Scleromochlus were bipedal reptiles that grew to around 3 feet long. They lived around 200 million years during the end of the Triassic period. Illustration by Neave Parker

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ornithosuchus

Ornithosuchus
An illustration by Neave Parker of the Ornithosuchus, a thecodont, an extinct bipedal reptile closedly related to the dinosaur. It lived around 185 million years ago

Background imageReptilia Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical pen and ink cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageReptilia Collection: The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park

The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park
Original artwork by Walter Ray Woods for Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Background imageReptilia Collection: Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus

Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus
Sheet 3 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Date: circa 1862

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko

Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageReptilia Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

Coprolite, fossil dung
A coprolite is a fossilized dropping, perhaps from a Dinosaur. Length 29cm

Background imageReptilia Collection: Liopleurodon vertebra

Liopleurodon vertebra
A fossil vertebra from the pliosaur, Liopleurodon. These were carnivorous marine reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. This specimen was discovered in Kimmeridge, Southern England

Background imageReptilia Collection: Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard

Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard
Illustration of a spiny lizard from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1897). This illustration is on display in the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus

Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus
Giant marine reptile. 83-81 million year old specimen from the Late Cretaceous, Kansas, USA

Background imageReptilia Collection: Plesiosaur sketch

Plesiosaur sketch
A sketch of the plesiosaur fossil discovered by Mary Anning

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ophthalmosaurus icenius

Ophthalmosaurus icenius was a common ichthyosaur that lived during the middle Jurassic period. This specimen was discovered in Oxford clay

Background imageReptilia Collection: Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait

Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait
Snake skin mounted on paper, The Patrick Russell Collection c.1790 Date: circa 1790

Background imageReptilia Collection: Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageReptilia Collection: Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba

Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba
Tab 107 illustrating a section of snake skeleton from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba

Background imageReptilia Collection: Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)
Lord Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring, riding on the back of a giant tortoise

Background imageReptilia Collection: Pen and ink sketch by B. Waterhouse Hawkins

Pen and ink sketch by B. Waterhouse Hawkins
Sketch on the reverse of a letter dated 24 October 1855, written to Professor Richard Owen from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins Date: 1855

Background imageReptilia Collection: Acanthostega

Acanthostega
Model of one of the earliest tetrapods, animals with back-bones capable of living on land. This Acanthostega lived during the late Devonian of East Greenland

Background imageReptilia Collection: Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus

Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus
Sketch design for models to be constructed at Crystal Palace. Watercolour painting by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, 1809-1889

Background imageReptilia Collection: Reptile Gallery, November 1889

Reptile Gallery, November 1889
The Reptile Gallery displayed a collection of stuffed specimens and skeletons of reptiles, including crocodiles, lizards, snakes and tortoises

Background imageReptilia Collection: Dinosaur tail bones

Dinosaur tail bones
From a Palaeontology field trip in Niger, West Africa

Background imageReptilia Collection: Cheirotherium footprint

Cheirotherium footprint
Footprints of Cheirotherium stortonense, an extinct reptile, on a slab of Triassic sandstone from Storeton, Cheshire, UK

Background imageReptilia Collection: Bill of fare from Crystal Palace, 31 / 12 / 1853

Bill of fare from Crystal Palace, 31 / 12 / 1853
Menu for the dinner in the Iguanodon and original artwork by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, donated by his granddaughter Mary Hawkins

Background imageReptilia Collection: Ejecting an intruder

Ejecting an intruder
Plate opposite page 297 from The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace, London 1874

Background imageReptilia Collection: Plesiosaurus hawkinsii

Plesiosaurus hawkinsii
A fossil specimen of the extinct marine reptile Plesiosaurus hawkinsii, on display at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Hatteria punctata, great fringed lizard of New Zealand

Hatteria punctata, great fringed lizard of New Zealand. Illustration taken from The Lizards of Australian and New Zealand by Gray, John Edward (1800-1875)

Background imageReptilia Collection: Stenopterygius quadriscissus, ichthyosaur

Stenopterygius quadriscissus, ichthyosaur
Close up of the jaw of an ichthyosaur specimen on display at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Snakes by Albertus Seba

Snakes by Albertus Seba
Tab 106, an illustration of a pair of snakes from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba

Background imageReptilia Collection: Plesiosaur

Plesiosaur
An illustration by Neave Parker of the extinct marine reptile, Plesiosaur. These lived throughout most of the Mesozoic (MZ) era becoming extinct 65 million years ago at the time of the K-T extinction

Background imageReptilia Collection: Python sebae, African rock python

Python sebae, African rock python
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageReptilia Collection: Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis

Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis (Chamaeleon pardalis). Handcoloured lithograph from Georg Friedrich Treitschkes Gallery of Natural History, Naturhistorischer Bildersaal des Thierreiches

Background imageReptilia Collection: Gila Monster and Gecko Date: 1950

Gila Monster and Gecko Date: 1950

Background imageReptilia Collection: Gallimimus

Gallimimus
An omnivorous dinosaur from Mongolia which lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 74 to 70 million years ago It grew up to 6 metres in length making it the largest ornithomimid yet

Background imageReptilia Collection: Carnotaurus skeleton

Carnotaurus skeleton
This dinosaur lived around 70 million years ago during the Upper Cretaceous period. It grew up to 7.6 metres tall and fossils have been discovered in Argentina. Illustration by Jo Konopelko

Background imageReptilia Collection: Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus
An animatronic Brachiosaurus dinosaur made by Kokoro in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Coelophysis

Coelophysis
An animatronic Coelophysis dinosaur made by Kokoro in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptilia Collection: Chimera

Chimera
An illustration of a mythical creature, part mammal, part reptile, the Chimera. On display for the Myth and Monsters Exhbition which ran from April to September, 1998 at the Natural History Museum

Background imageReptilia Collection: Giant tortoises at Tring Park

Giant tortoises at Tring Park
In 1897 Walter Rothschild despatched explorer Charles Harris to the Galapagos islands to collect a large number of giant tortoises

Background imageReptilia Collection: Giant tortoise being fed at Tring Park

Giant tortoise being fed at Tring Park
In 1897 Walter Rothschild despatched explorer Charles Harris to the Galapagos islands to collect a large number of giant tortoises

Background imageReptilia Collection: Invitation to Dinner in Iguanodon 31 / 12 / 1853

Invitation to Dinner in Iguanodon 31 / 12 / 1853
Original artwork by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, donated by his granddaughter Mary Hawkins

Background imageReptilia Collection: Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon, Rhynchosaurus

Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon, Rhynchosaurus
Original artwork by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, donated by his granddaughter Mary Hawkins

Background imageReptilia Collection: Lacertilia, lizards

Lacertilia, lizards
Coloured lithograph by Ernst Haeckel from Kunstformen der Natur, 1899-1904. Date: 1904

Background imageReptilia Collection: Hydrophis cyanocinctus, Annulated sea snake

Hydrophis cyanocinctus, Annulated sea snake
Hand-coloured engraving from An account of Indian Serpents collected on the coast of Coromandel. The Patrick Russell Collection 1796 Date: 1796

Background imageReptilia Collection: Triceratops horn

Triceratops horn
Triceratops which lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 67 to 65 million years ago had three horns. It grew up to 9 metres in length and fossils have been discovered in USA



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