Vertebrate Collection - A small collection of around 1,000 specimens
contains good quality material as well as some of the collection's
most spectacular specimens. Amongst the fish specimens are early
jawless fish from local and Scottish Old Red Sandstone rocks and
two large and almost perfectly preserved Lias specimens of Dapedium
politum. Reptiles are well represented with the most important
specimens being Liassic ichthyosaur skeletons, mainly from Bickmarsh,
Bidford on Avon, the Alcester area, Berrow Hill and White Ladies
Aston. There are a number of excellent reptile footprints - Triassic
Chirotherium tracks and dinosaur footprints from the Purbeck
Roach Beds of Langton Maltravers, Dorset. The section has many local
Pleistocene mammal remains, mainly from the Severn and Avon terrace
deposits including mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, hippopotamus, reindeer,
fallow deer and horse. The Hughs` collection of Australian mammals
contains bone fragments of Macropus, Nototherium and Diprotadon.
Some specimens were described and figured by Richard Owen in 1859.