Lepidosaur collection

Fossil skeleton of the mosasaur Platycarpus ictericus

Part of the fossil skeleton of the mosasaur Platycarpus ictericus. This 83- to 81-million-year-old specimen is from Kansas, USA

The Museum's lepidosaur collection contains the fossilised remains of lizards and snakes, including many specimens from Britain. 

Collection strengths

Mesozoic collections

Our lepidosaur collection includes contains important type material of Early Cretaceous lizards from the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK, and Late Cretaceous mosasaurs from Europe, North America and New Zealand.

The collection also holds the gliding lizard Kuehneosaurus from Triassic fissure sites in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK.

Tertiary collections

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

  • Listromycter.
  • Lophocranion.

Since the 1980s we have acquired a large number of Eocene lizards and snakes through:

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

Country of origin

Britain, Europe, North America, New Zealand, Kenya

Looking for a specimen?

The lepidosaur collection is being digitised

Curator

Dr Mike Day

Any questions ?

If you would like to use any specimens for research   

Collections on the move

We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire by 2026. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected.

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Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.