Fossils from Britain

Fossils from Britain

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Trace our fossil record through mud, silt, sand and time.

Take a closer look at ancient creatures such as trilobites and ammonites. See preserved shark teeth and spot the fossil fakes in the Fossils from Britain gallery.

Star specimens and exhibits

  • some of the few specimens discovered from Britain's age of mammals 65 million years ago
  • fossils once thought to be darts flung from the heavens during thunderstorms
  • examples of the fossilised plants that form coal
  • specimens showing the diversity of life during the early Paleozoic era
  • examples of non-fossils often mistaken for the real thing

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Life recorded in fossils

Explore fossils from the Museum's collection in an online exhibition, a collaboration between the Museum and Google Arts & Culture.