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Natural Sciences

The natural sciences collections of National Museums NI hold more than half a million specimens from Northern Ireland and beyond. Mighty whales and tiny snails, flowers and fungi, fossils and meteorites—these are just a few of the diverse specimens that we hold. Many of the finest are on display. Others form a huge reference collection for scientists and other museum users to consult.

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FOSSIL;  fish

FOSSIL; fish

hand specimen & resin block....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen. detail : Ostracoderm plates in sandstone....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

Angiosperm leaves...

FOSSIL;  Scorpion

FOSSIL; Scorpion

form : hand specimen. complete scorpion on limestone matrix....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: yellow (golden). lustre: metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant (cubic). form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: pink. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (crystal). twinning: simple....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic (fibrous). form: crystallised (botryoidal) & crust....

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour: white & yellow (brownish) & brown. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive. Brooch....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: colourless. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate) & drusy....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & prismatic (fibrous). form: crystallised (aggregate) & drusy....

FOSSIL;  Dinosaur

FOSSIL; Dinosaur

form : hand specimen. large ceratopsian tooth....

BIRD; Grey Heron

BIRD; Grey Heron

form : mount, age : nestling...

BIRD; Hen Harrier

BIRD; Hen Harrier

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (dark). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (crystal)....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen. detail : whole weevil with elytra open (excellent)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: blue. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & bladed. form: crystallised (crystal)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral. form: crystallised (aggregate) & disseminated. UV test: fluorescent (blue. UV test: sw)...

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