We have a variety of other collections that cover all vertebrates, including archaeological bone, anatomical preparations and tissues.

Archaeological bone

We have extensive collections of mainly mammal bone from about 50 archaeological sites, mainly in Scotland. These include excavations at Skara Brae and Links of Noltland in Orkney, Jarlshof in Shetland, and Embo in Sutherland.

Anatomical preparations

Comprising about 340 spirit and 50 dry specimens that have been prepared mainly in the late nineteenth century for teaching and public display.  Many of these specimens originate in the former Department of Anatomy of the University of Edinburgh and include the work of Sir William Turner, Robert Knox and Professor Alexander Monro secundus.

Human skeletal remains

We have a small, but representative, collection of about 150 mainly skulls of humans from around the world, which were mostly acquired in the first half of the 19th century. This collection also contains casts and mummified remains.


We have a collection of more than 3,000 vertebrate muscle tissues, which have originated from specimens acquired in the last 20 years. These are used extensively as a source of DNA for molecular studies by researchers worldwide. 

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