The Natural Sciences collections are comprehensive in their coverage of the natural world, although Botany is only represented by fossil plants. The 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.
The collections are divided into four sections: Earth Systems, Invertebrates, Palaeobiology and Vertebrate Biology. If you have any requirements to examine any of our specimens you should contact the relevant Principal Curator in the first instance.
Responsible for: the Natural Sciences department, its staff, collections and projects.
Tel. 0131 247 4228