Lepidosaur collection

The Musuem's lepidosaur collection contains fossilised remains of lizards and snakes, and includes many specimens from British localities.

Mesozoic collections

The Museum's lepidosaur collection includes the gliding lizard Kuehneosaurus, from Triassic fissure sites in the Mendip Hills, Somerset.

It also contains important type material of Early Cretaceous lizards from the Isle of Purbeck, and Late Cretaceous mosasaurs from Europe, North America and New Zealand.

Tertiary collections

Tertiary material includes 2 unique Lower Miocene amphisbaenids from Rusinga Island, Kenya:

  • Listromycter
  • Lophocranion

Since the 1980s, a large number of Eocene lizards and snakes have been accumulated through:

  • the donation of the Gardner Collection from Hordle Hampshire in 1981.
  • an extensive programme of staff collecting from Eocene and Oligocene localities from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Using palaeontology collections