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Sauropsid Collection

"Sauropsids: A Diverse World of Ancient and Modern Creatures" From the majestic Tui, both young and adult, to the striking Melanistic var

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Tui (young and adult)

Tui (young and adult)
Tui, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 10 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Huia (male and female)

Huia (male and female)
Huia, Heteralocha acutirostris (male and female). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 2 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)

New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)
New Zealand Kingfisher Kotare, Todiramphus sanctus vagnas (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 13 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610

Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610
Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus). Painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects and Plants (1754-1757)

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Ophthalmosaurus icenius

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

Background imageSauropsid Collection: New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)

New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)
New Zealand Fantail Piwakawaka, Rhipidura fuliginosa (Melanistic variety on left). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 8 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Falconry equipment

Falconry equipment
Plate from Hermann Schlegel and A.H. Verster de Wulverhursts Traite de Fauconnerie (1844-1853)

Background imageSauropsid Collection: New Zealand Pigeon Kereru

New Zealand Pigeon Kereru, Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 plate 25 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Watercolour 137 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Banksian Cockatoo, native name Kar ratt

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo

Raphus cucullatus, dodo
Plate 1 from Memoirs on the Dodo by Sir Richard Owen, 1866

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour

Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour
Original watercolour drawings and illustrated MS relating to Indian Birds, forming one of a set of volumes from which the illustrated MS work by Tickell on Mammals, &c

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Cygnus atratus, black swan

Cygnus atratus, black swan
Watercolour 351 by the Port Jackson Painter from the Watling Collection

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Neophema pulchella, turquoise parrot

Neophema pulchella, turquoise parrot
Watercolour 132 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Turcosine Parrot

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

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

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Various Cyanoramphus parakeets

Various Cyanoramphus parakeets
Yellow-crowned Parakeet Kakariki, Canoramphus. Red-crowned Parakeet Kakariki, Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae. Orange-fronted Paraket Kakariki, Cyanoramphus malherbi

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Australasian Bittern Matuku Hrepo

Australasian Bittern Matuku Hrepo, Botaurus poiciloptilus. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.3 Plate 38 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

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

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917)

Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was one of the most famous big game hunters of his era. He spent much of his life in Africa, but also hunted in North America and Asia Minor

Background imageSauropsid Collection: South Island Takahe, Porphyrio hochestetteri

South Island Takahe, Porphyrio hochestetteri. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 Plate 33 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Hirundo rustica, barn swallow

Hirundo rustica, barn swallow
Plate 89 from Sir William Jardines The Naturalists Library. Original Drawings. Birds

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon

Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon
A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in flight. The peregrine falcon can be seen in most parts of the UK except around london and the home counties. They breed in rocky cliffs and uplands

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren

Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren
Plate 118 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo

Raphus cucullatus, dodo
A mounted specimen of the extinct flightless bird, the dodo (Raphus cucullatus). The dodo lived on the island of Mauritius and became extinct during the late 1600s

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Colaptes auratus, northern flicker

Colaptes auratus, northern flicker
Plate 37 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon

Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon
Plate from Hermann Schlegel and A.H. Verster de Wulverhursts Traite de Fauconnerie (1844-1853)

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Pinguinus impennis, great auk

Pinguinus impennis, great auk
1 of 6 shots of Dr Leachs 139 great auk (Pinguinus impennis) egg held in the Natural History Museum at Tring. The great auk was hunted to extinction in the middle of the 19th Century

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus

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

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Grey-rumped Tree Swift

Grey-rumped Tree Swift
Illustration of a Grey-rumped Tree Swift by William Swainson (1789-1855)

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Plesiosaur sketch

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

Background imageSauropsid Collection: New Zealand Quail Koreke (male and female)

New Zealand Quail Koreke (male and female)
New Zealand Quail Koreke, Coturnix novaeseelandiae (male and female). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 Plate 24 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara

Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara
Ff. 37. Watercolour painting by George Forster (1773) annotated Falco harpe mas junior and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait

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

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Albertosaurus hunts by moonlight

Albertosaurus hunts by moonlight. Albertosaurus was a tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in western North America during the Late Cretaceous Period

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Didus ineptus, dodo design

Didus ineptus, dodo design
Drawing 51 Vol 2 by Alfred Waterhouse for the ornamentation of the panel over doorway in the South East gallery, first floor of the Natural History Museum, London, 1875

Background imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid 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 imageSauropsid Collection: Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)
Lord Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring, riding on the back of a giant tortoise

Background imageSauropsid Collection: Erithacus rubecula, European robin

Erithacus rubecula, European robin
An European robin (Erithacus rubecula) in flight, U.K. Photographed by Frank Greenaway



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"Sauropsids: A Diverse World of Ancient and Modern Creatures" From the majestic Tui, both young and adult, to the striking Melanistic var. Of the New Zealand Fantail on the left, the world of sauropsids is filled with wonders. The Cygnus atratus or black swan glides gracefully across serene waters while falconry equipment showcases our age-old bond with these magnificent birds. Delving into history, we encounter the Archaeopteryx fossil known as Berlin specimen C016 / 5071, a remarkable link between dinosaurs and birds. Meanwhile, male and female Huia birds captivate us with their unique beaks in vibrant colors. The Calyptorhynchus funereus or yellow-tailed black cockatoo stands out amidst its surroundings with its striking plumage. Traveling back even further in time, we meet Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus roaming The Wealden landscape as restorations at Crystal Palace Park bring them to life once again. In contrast to these land-dwelling creatures, the Short-nosed vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina) slithers through dense vegetation while Falco peregrinus or peregrine falcon soars high above. Finally, Scleromochlus takes us back millions of years ago when it roamed Earth's ancient landscapes. From prehistoric giants to modern-day marvels like falcons and snakes, sauropsids have evolved over time but continue to fascinate us with their beauty and diversity.