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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 

As government restrictions continue to ease, we are taking further steps to facilitate the return of outstanding loans. We are also now able to consider a small number of outgoing research loans and make arrangements for small numbers of visitors to the collections.

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 by email:

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 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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