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Palaeontology Collection

"Unraveling the Mysteries of the Past: A Journey through Palaeontology" Step into the world and embark on a captivating adventure through time

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin-Germany - Known as 'the first bird'

Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin-Germany - Known as "the first bird" with both
CAN-2452 Fossil Bird Archaeopteryx Cast - Original specimen in Berlin - Germany Known as "the first bird" with both dinosaurian

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are horse and cow figures in the central gallery. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are deer and auroch figures in the Great Hall of the Bulls. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Geological Strata 19C

Geological Strata 19C
A schematic representation of geology and palaeontology

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Stages in human evolution

Stages in human evolution
Human evolution. Illustration showing stages in the evolution of humans. At left, proconsul (23-15 million years ago) is depicted hypothetically as an African ape with both primitive

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Fossil tooth of megalodon or megatooth shark Oceanopolis Brest Brittany France

Fossil tooth of megalodon or megatooth shark Oceanopolis Brest Brittany France
MAB-908 Fossil tooth of megalodon or megatooth shark Oceanopolis Brest Brittany France Mark Boulton Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province

Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV
CAN-3851 Fossil ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV light Desmoceras spp

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Archaeopteryx, fossil bird, Jurassic

Archaeopteryx, fossil bird, Jurassic
PM-9858 Archaeopteryx, fossil bird Jurassic Archaeopteryx Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Laetoli fossil footprints

Laetoli fossil footprints. Artwork showing the Laetoli footprints that were preserved in volcanic ash deposits around 3.5 million years ago. They were discovered in 1976 in Laetoli, Tanzania

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating. Artwork of male (right) and female (left) Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating. Some theories say that this dinosaur had feathers and fur, as seen here

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Coelacanth Fossil - Germany - Upper Jurassic - Coelacanths thought to be extinct since Cretaceous

Coelacanth Fossil - Germany - Upper Jurassic - Coelacanths thought to be extinct since Cretaceous period until
CAN-2449 Coelacanth Fossil - Germany Upper Jurassic Coelacanths thought to be extinct since Cretaceous period until Latimeria Chalumnae found in 1938 off coast of South Africa John Cancalosi Please

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Trail of Laetoli footprints

Trail of Laetoli footprints
Trail of hominid footprints fossilized in volcanic ash. This 70 metre trail was found by Mary Leakeys expedition at Laetoli, Tanzania in 1978

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c. 18, 000 years ago, Vezere Valley, Dordogne

Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c. 18, 000 years ago, Vezere Valley, Dordogne, France JFL00048
FL-3018 Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c.18, 000 years ago Vezere Valley, Dordogne, France Ferrero Labat contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Prehistoric spear-thrower

Prehistoric spear-thrower. Artwork of how a spear-thrower (or atlatl) is used to throw a feathered dart. At top and centre, the dart is loaded. At bottom, it is being thrown

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Spinosaurus dinosaur, artwork

Spinosaurus dinosaur, artwork. Spinosaurus were enormous meat-eating dinosaurs that lived during the late Cretaceous period (99 to 65 million years ago)

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Crinoid Fossil - 'Sea Lilies' Triassic period 240 m. y. a. Northern Germany

Crinoid Fossil - "Sea Lilies" Triassic period 240 m. y. a. Northern Germany
KEL-1499 Crinoid Fossil - "Sea Lilies" Triassic period 240 m.y.a. Northern Germany Ken Lucas Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Brachiosaurus dinosaurs

Brachiosaurus dinosaurs at water, computer artwork. Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur, standing up to 16 metres tall. It could weigh up to 70 tons

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: 1838 Mantells Geological Strata Section

1838 Mantells Geological Strata Section
An idealised geological section drawn by Gideon Mantell to accompany his book " Wonders of Geology" 1838. It shows the nomenclature in use during the early part of the nineteenth century

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: 1814 Mary Anning first ichthyosaur skull

1814 Mary Anning first ichthyosaur skull
Temnodontosaurus platydon. First scientific illustration of Mary Annings (and the world s) first ichthyosaur skull (actually found by her brother Joseph in 1811)

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Mammoth

Mammoth. Artists impression of a herd of mammoths (Mammuthus sp.). The mammoth was a large mammal adapted to the cold conditions of the Pleistocene Ice Age of some 2 million years ago

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Megalodon shark and great white

Megalodon shark and great white
Megalodon shark (Carcharodon megalodon), computer artwork. A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is shown below it at the same scale

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: 1836 Buckland geology cross-section

1836 Buckland geology cross-section
Detail from a large folding hand coloured copperplate engraving in William Bucklands contribution to the Bridgewater Treatises " Geology

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: 1800 Thomas Jefferson Portrait

1800 Thomas Jefferson Portrait
Thomas Jefferson, polymath, American Founding Father and President (b. 13 April 1743 - d. 4 July 1826). Engraving by W.Holl in " The Gallery of Portraits" 1837 with later colouring

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil. Fossil of a trilobite (Aristoharpes sp.) from the Devonian period (around 370 million years ago), showing the species characteristic, spade-like shape

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Female Australopithecus africanus

Female Australopithecus africanus, artists impression. A. Africanus was a bipedal hominid that lived between 3.5 and 2 million years ago

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Mosasaurus marine reptile

Mosasaurus marine reptile
Mosasaurus. Artwork of a Mosasaurus marine lizard swimming underwater. This large carnivorous lizard was around 9 metres in length

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Spinosaurus dinosaur

Spinosaurus dinosaur. Artwork of a Spinosaurus dinosaur standing in shallow water on the coast. This was the longest carnivorous dinosaur, reaching a length of up to 16 metres

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Megalodon prehistoric shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork, hunting a school of fish. Megalodon, Carcharocles (Carcharodon) megalodon, lived between around 20 and 1.2 million years ago, and is known only from fossils

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Leptictidium

Leptictidium. Artists impression of the extinct mammal Leptictidium. Fossil evidence of their skeleton revealed that Leptictids had small front legs

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899

Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899
Aspidonia organisms. Historical artwork of Aspidonia organisms, a now invalid name for a grouping of the classes Merostomata and Trilobita

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Brachiosaurus dinosaur

Brachiosaurus dinosaur, artwork. Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur, standing up to 16 metres tall. It could weigh up to 70 tons

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Scimitar cat attacking a hominid

Scimitar cat attacking a hominid, artists impression. The scimitar cat (Homotherium sp.) was a member of the sabre-toothed cat family (Machairodontinae) which lived throughout Africa

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Ammonite

Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates. They first appeared in the Late Silurian to Early Devonian period (around 400 million years ago)

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Artwork of the stages in human evolution

Artwork of the stages in human evolution
Human evolution. Illustration showing stages in the evolution of humans. At left, proconsul (23-15 million years ago) is depicted hypothetically as an African ape with both primitive

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Cave painting of a mammoth, artwork

Cave painting of a mammoth, artwork
Cave painting of a mammoth. Artwork of a prehistoric cave drawing from the cave of Font-de Gaume, in the Dordogne region of France. It shows a mammoth (Elephas primigenius)

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, artwork

Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, artwork
Iguanodon fighting Megalosaurus, 19th century artwork. Artwork from the 1886 ninth edition of Moses and Geology (Samuel Kinns, London). This book was originally published in 1882

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Australopithecus afarensis, artwork

Australopithecus afarensis, artwork
Australopithecus afarensis. Artwork of a female Australopithecus afarensis hominid with her child. This hominid lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar

Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar
CAN-3844 Fossil Ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian stage - Mahajanga province - Madagascar - cross-section Cleoniceras sp

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Fossil Centipede in Amber - Dominican Republlic - 15-40 million years old - oligocene

Fossil Centipede in Amber - Dominican Republlic - 15-40 million years old - oligocene
CAN-2447 Fossil Centipede in Amber - Dominican Republlic 15-40 million years old oligocene and miocene - amber is hardened tree resin which preserves organisms trapped inside - Dominican amber comes

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Footprints and skeleton of Lucy

Footprints and skeleton of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). The fossilised bones of the A. afarensis specimen known as Lucy are superimposed over footprints made by the same species. A

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Mountain Avens among Fossil coral on Parker Ridge, Banff National Park, Rockies, Canada

Mountain Avens among Fossil coral on Parker Ridge, Banff National Park, Rockies, Canada
ROG-14054 Mountain Avens among Fossil coral on Parker Ridge, Banff National Park, Rockies, Canada Dryas octopetala Bob Gibbons Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Dinosaur Tracks - Footprints of a Theropod Dinosaur. Lower Jurassic. La Sal Mountains, Utah, USA

Dinosaur Tracks - Footprints of a Theropod Dinosaur. Lower Jurassic. La Sal Mountains, Utah, USA
FG-6065-C Dinosaur Tracks - Footprints of a Theropod Dinosaur. Lower Jurassic. La Sal Mountains, Utah, USA Theropods were carnivorous dinosaurs - such as Allosaurus or T rex; they left three-toed

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Woolly rhinoceros

Woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis). Artists impression of a woolly rhinoceros. This extinct mammal existed during the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs, 1.8 million years to 10, 000 years ago

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Homo heidelbergensis

Homo heidelbergensis. Artists impression of two male H. heidelbergensis hominids which lived between 600, 000 and 250, 000 years ago in the Pleistocene era

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Ammonite fossil, SEM

Ammonite fossil, SEM
Ammonite fossil, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Ammonites were invertebrates and lived in the sea. They were molluscs that formed a spiral shell to protect their soft body

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull

Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull. Artwork of a reconstruction of the Toumai skull, one of only a small number of fossils of the hominin Sahelanthropus tchadensis

Background imagePalaeontology Collection: 1824 Bucklands Megalosaurus jaw no tint

1824 Bucklands Megalosaurus jaw no tint
1824 Uncoloured (original) Double quarto Plate XL of Megalosaurus jaw and teeth drawn by Mary Moreland, from William Bucklands " Notice on the Megalosaurus or great Fossil Lizard of



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"Unraveling the Mysteries of the Past: A Journey through Palaeontology" Step into the world and embark on a captivating adventure through time. From the remarkable Lascaux II cave painting replica, depicting ancient human artistry, to the intricate geological strata that reveal secrets buried for centuries. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors along the Trail of Laetoli footprints, preserved imprints capturing a moment frozen in time. Marvel at the fossil tooth of a mighty megalodon shark, once ruler of prehistoric oceans, now displayed at Oceanopolis Brest Brittany France. Behold Archaeopteryx, known as "the first bird, " showcasing both dinosaurian and avian features - a mesmerizing link between two worlds. Witness stages in human evolution unfold before your eyes, tracing our journey from primitive beings to modern Homo sapiens. Illuminate an ancient ammonite under UV light; Desmoceras spp. , from Madagascar's Albian Stage during Upper Early Cretaceous era - its vibrant hues revealing hidden beauty. Encounter another Archaeopteryx specimen in Berlin-Germany; this fossilized bird offers insights into Jurassic life like no other. Discover tools used by prehistoric humans such as spear-throwers that aided their survival amidst formidable challenges. Gaze upon Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating - an awe-inspiring glimpse into their primal existence. Lastly, encounter Coelacanth fossils found off South Africa's coast in 1938 after being thought extinct since the Cretaceous period. These living fossils challenge our understanding of evolution and remind us that nature holds many surprises yet to be unveiled. Palaeontology invites us to unravel Earth's enigmatic past and connect with creatures long gone but never forgotten, and is through these remnants we gain insight into our own origins while fueling curiosity about what lies beyond our current knowledge horizon.