Fossil amphibian collection

The fossil amphibian collection at the Natural History Museum comprises approximately 400 specimens and casts.

There are 46 type specimens, mostly of temnospondyl amphibians but also some microsaurs, nectrideans, frogs and salamanders.


Geological range:

Late Devonian to Pleistocene

Geographical range:

The collection includes material from all continents except Antarctica.

  • Fossil of Apateon pedestris, a 7cm-long larval amphibian
    Palaeozoic amphibians

    Discover highlights from the Carboniferous to the Permo-Triassic in our fossil amphibian collection.

  • Fossil skull of the amphibian Benthosuchus sushkini
    Mesozoic and Cenozoic amphibians

    Read about important fossil amphibian specimens in the collection that date to the Triassic, Jurassic, Palaeogene and Quaternary.

Using palaeontology collections