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Diapsid Collection

Step into a world of prehistoric wonders with diapsids

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ophthalmosaurus icenius

Ophthalmosaurus icenius was a common ichthyosaur that lived during the middle Jurassic period. This specimen was discovered in Oxford clay

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop

Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop
General Museum poster. Drawing of a child leading a dinosaur out of the Museum, with the slogan Take something home with you from the Natural History [Museum] Shop, South Kensington, London

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical lithograph cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ichthyosaurus, Plesiosaurus

Ichthyosaurus, Plesiosaurus
Watercolour painting by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, (1809-1889). These marine reptiles live in Europe duing the early Jurassic period about 200 millions years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats

Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats
Pterodactylus crassirostris above P. brevirostris. Plate from Note on the Pterodactyle Tribe... Paper in The Zoologist, Vol 1, 1843 by Edward Newman

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Plesiosaurus

Plesiosaurus
Pen and ink annotated drawing by Mary Anning, 1824. This marine reptile lived in Europe during the early Jurassic period about 200 million years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ichthyosaurr, Plesiosaurus, Pterodactylus

Ichthyosaurr, Plesiosaurus, Pterodactylus
Duria Antiquior - A more ancient Dorset by Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche. This collection of marine and avian reptiles could be found in Europe during the early Jurassic period about 200 million years

Background imageDiapsid Collection: A fantasy illustration of marine reptiles

A fantasy illustration of marine reptiles
The Sea-Dragons as they lived. Frontispiece by John Martin from The Book of the Great Sea-Dragons by Thomas Hawkins, 1840

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ichthyosaurus acutirostris

Ichthyosaurus acutirostris
A fossil specimen of the extinct fish-like marine reptile Ichthyosaurus acutirostris from Germany. It lived during the Lower Jurassic period 205-180 million years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Extinct marine reptiles

Extinct marine reptiles
Sheet 1 of a series of posters called Extinct Animals by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862. This collection of marine reptiles lived during the Jurassic period between 200

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake

Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake
Hand-coloured engraving from An account of Indian Serpents collected on the coast of Coromandel. The Patrick Russell Collection 1796 Date: 1796

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Scleromochlus

Scleromochlus were bipedal reptiles that grew to around 3 feet long. They lived around 200 million years during the end of the Triassic period. Illustration by Neave Parker

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Diplodocus

Diplodocus
Weighing around 20 tonnes & reaching up to 26 metres in length Diplodocus is one of the longest-known dinosaurs. It lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the Upper Jurassic

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Polacanthus

Polacanthus
This dinosaur was from the family of armoured skinned dinosaurs, the Ankylosaurs. It was around 14 feet in length living around 125 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the Isle of Wight, UK

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Triceratops

Triceratops
The three-horned dinosaur which lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 67 to 65 million years ago. It grew up to 9 metres in length and fossils have been discovered in USA

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ornithosuchus

Ornithosuchus
An illustration by Neave Parker of the Ornithosuchus, a thecodont, an extinct bipedal reptile closedly related to the dinosaur. It lived around 185 million years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models

Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models
Models sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, working closely with Joseph Paxton and Richard Owen, were installed in the worlds first dinosaur park which opened at Crystal Palace Park in 1854

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical pen and ink cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur

Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur
Archaeopteryx - a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Date: Late Jurassic Period

Background imageDiapsid Collection: The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park

The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park
Original artwork by Walter Ray Woods for Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus

Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus
Sheet 3 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Date: circa 1862

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko

Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Corythosaurus

Corythosaurus
The Corythosaurus, meaning Corinthian helmet lizard, was a bipedal herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 76 to 74 million years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

Coprolite, fossil dung
A coprolite is a fossilized dropping, perhaps from a Dinosaur. Length 29cm

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Liopleurodon vertebra

Liopleurodon vertebra
A fossil vertebra from the pliosaur, Liopleurodon. These were carnivorous marine reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. This specimen was discovered in Kimmeridge, Southern England

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Archaeopteryx lithographica [London specimen]

Archaeopteryx lithographica [London specimen]
Main slab of rare fossil dinobird and earliest bird found in the Upper Jurassic of Solenhofen in Germany, now on display at The Natural History Museum, London. Known also as the London Archaeopteryx

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Scene in Wealden Times

Scene in Wealden Times
Scene from the Wealden times, during the Cretacous period. Painting, oil on canvas, by Eli Marsden Wilson (1877-1965), before 1935. Original held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Coelophysis fossil

Coelophysis fossil
Coelophysis was one of the earliest known dinosaurs which lived 225 to 220 million years ago during the Upper Triassic. It was a small bipedal carnivore up to 3 metres in length

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard

Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard
Illustration of a spiny lizard from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1897). This illustration is on display in the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models

Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models
Models sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, working closely with Joseph Paxton and Richard Owen, were installed in the worlds first dinosaur park which opened at Crystal Palace Park in 1854

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Pterodactyl

Pterodactyl
Drawing of a Pterodactyl, an extinct flying reptile that lived during the Mesozoic era from around 251 millon years ago to 65 million years ago during the time of the K-T extinction

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus

Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus
Giant marine reptile. 83-81 million year old specimen from the Late Cretaceous, Kansas, USA

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Insects of Surinam

Insects of Surinam
Plate 4 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium (1726) by Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) & Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773)

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Plesiosaur sketch

Plesiosaur sketch
A sketch of the plesiosaur fossil discovered by Mary Anning

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Iguanodon

Iguanodon
This dinosaur was a large bipedal herbivore which stood 14 feet high and 30 feet long. It lived during the Lower Cretactous around 140 to 110 million years ago

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait

Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait
Snake skin mounted on paper, The Patrick Russell Collection c.1790 Date: circa 1790

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Parasaurolophus skeleton

Parasaurolophus skeleton
This dinosaur which grew up to 10 metres in length had a large crest over the top of its head which extended over a metre. It lived during the Upper Cretaceous period, 76 to 74 mya

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba

Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba
Tab 107 illustrating a section of snake skeleton from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Pen and ink sketch by B. Waterhouse Hawkins

Pen and ink sketch by B. Waterhouse Hawkins
Sketch on the reverse of a letter dated 24 October 1855, written to Professor Richard Owen from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins Date: 1855

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Restorations of secondary period animals

Restorations of secondary period animals
Original artwork by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, donated by his granddaughter Mary Hawkins

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Diapsid - Dinilysia: Skull and lower jaws

Diapsid - Dinilysia: Skull and lower jaws

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton
A skeleton of the carnivorous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex at the Natural History Museum. The Tyrannosaurus rex, which grew up to around 12 metres long lived 67 to 65 million years ago during

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Iguanodon & Megalosaurus

Iguanodon & Megalosaurus
Iguanodon was a bipedal herbivorous dinosaur that lived 140-110 million years ago. Less is known about the Megalosaurus, but it lived a little earlier than Iguanodon as a large carnivorous dinosaur

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Megalosaurus and Pterodactyle

Megalosaurus and Pterodactyle
Sheet 2 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Megalosaurus and Pterodactyle

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Euoplocephalus tail club

Euoplocephalus tail club
Euoplocephalus was a heavily armoured ankylosaur dinosaur with a huge tail club formed by two bony knobs fused together. They lived around 71 million years ago during the Upper Cretaceous period

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus

Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus
Sketch design for models to be constructed at Crystal Palace. Watercolour painting by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, 1809-1889

Background imageDiapsid Collection: Megalosaurus

Megalosaurus
This was a carnivorous dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago during the Middle Jurassic. It grew up to 20 feet long and fossils have been discovered in the English Midlands and in Southern England



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Step into a world of prehistoric wonders with diapsids. This captivating caption takes you on a journey through time, exploring the fascinating creatures that once roamed our planet. Awful changes come to life in this whimsical cartoon, where ancient marine reptiles like Ichthyosaurus and Plesiosaurus swim gracefully through an imaginary sea. Triceratops stands tall, showcasing its majestic horns and armored body. As you explore further, don't forget to take something home with you from the Natural History Shop. Whether it's a fossil replica or a dinosaur-themed trinket, these treasures will keep your love for diapsids alive. Immerse yourself in a fantasy illustration featuring mesmerizing marine reptiles like Plesiosaurus gliding effortlessly through crystal-clear waters. The scene is straight out of your wildest imagination. Crystal Palace Dinosaur Models bring back the magic of these ancient beings as Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus grace us with their presence. These lifelike replicas transport us back millions of years. Witness the breathtaking flight of Ichthyosaurr, Plesiosaurus, and Pterodactylus in an awe-inspiring display at Crystal Palace Park. Their graceful movements against the backdrop of lush greenery create an unforgettable spectacle. Travel back in time to Wealden Times as scenes from this era unfold before your eyes. From towering trees to hidden lakes teeming with life, every detail transports you to another world. Discover Archaeopteryx - nature's masterpiece blending bird-like features with dinosaur characteristics. This remarkable creature bridges the gap between two worlds and showcases evolution at its finest. The Wealden period comes alive again through meticulous restorations at Crystal Palace Park. Step into this enchanting realm where dinosaurs roam freely amidst stunning landscapes that capture their true essence. Let your imagination soar as diapsids reignite your passion for all things prehistoric.