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Natural Sciences department

Welcome to the Natural Sciences department. We research, maintain and monitor National Museums Scotland's Natural Sciences collections.

Our collections

Our collections are comprehensive in their coverage of the natural world, although Botany is only represented by fossil plants.

Our collections are global in terms of their content and most of the several million specimens held originate from efforts to better understand the Natural World.

Natural Sciences collections are divided into four sections: Earth Systems, Invertebrates, Palaeobiology and Vertebrate Biology.

Our scientists undertake research in a number of areas ranging from phylogenetics, biometrics, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity monitoring, biogeography and taxonomy, to tectonic geomorpology, gemmology, topographical mineralogy, volcanology, palaeoecology, palaeoentomology and palaeoneurology.

Our collections and specimens are open to researchers for examination, and we'd be happy to help you conduct research. Please contact our staff to enquire.

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Dr Nick Fraser

Keeper of Natural Sciences

Dr Nick Fraser is head of the Department of Natural Sciences and specialises in vertebrate palaeontology. He is responsible for the department, its staff, collections and projects. His research interests lie in the Early Mesozoic terrestrial and marine ecosystems; phylogeny and systematics of Rhynchocephalia and Protorosauria; global faunal and floral change across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary.
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