Collections include Archaeopteryx, large flightless birds (ratites), and recently extinct species such as the dodo.
Late Jurassic to Pleistocene
Learn more about the Archaeopteryx specimen cared for by the Museum, and why it is so important.
Richard Owen was able to deduce the existence of large flightless birds, moas, from a fragment of long bone in the Museum's collections. Discover what other ratite material is in the fossil bird collection.
Read about fossil bird material in the collection from the Eocene, Miocene and Pleistocene. The latter makes up more than half of the collection.