Natural Sciences department

Our Natural Sciences collections cover both life sciences and earth sciences.

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

COVID-19 Update 

With renewed government restrictions we are currently unable to accept return loans or make any new outgoing research loans. 

If you have any collections based queries we ask you to contact the relevant curator. If you require any further assistance please contact Dr Nick Fraser (


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 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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Keeper of Natural Sciences

Dr Nick Fraser
Keeper of Natural Sciences

Responsible for: The Natural Sciences department, its staff, collections and projects.

Research interests/expertise: 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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