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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)...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour : yellow. form : nugget. associated minerals and matrix : quartz....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (emerald). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & platey. form: crystallised & disseminated....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

BIRD; Lapwing

BIRD; Lapwing

form : mount, sex : male...

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour : green. form : octagonal shape....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (crystal) & disseminated....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: orange (brown). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & tabular. form: crystallised (crystal) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: orange (pale. colour: pinkish). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

BIRD; Great Crested Grebe

form : mount, sex : female...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (pale). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic (acicular). form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: blue. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: black. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & platy. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: brown. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & equant. crystal habit: s.w.). form: crystallised (aggregate). fluorescent (orange: ....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: yellow. lustre: metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (crystal). Gold in conglomerate....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: blue. lustre: non-metallic. form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

FOSSIL;  fish

FOSSIL; fish

form : hand specimen....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green & brown (yellowish). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & bladed. form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: purple. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive & disseminated....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: black. lustre: metallic. form: massive....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: red. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: uehedral & prismatic. form: crystallised & disseminated....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: red. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: grey. lustre: metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: grey. lustre: metallic. form: massive....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: yellow (brassy). lustre: metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. form: crystallised (aggregate) & crust....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: red. lustre: non-metallic. form: massive. UV test: fluorescent (red. UV test: 1l and sw)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: pink (deep). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral. form: crystallised & disseminated....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: black (bluish). lustre: metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

ROCK

ROCK

form : hand specimen....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (aggregate). twinning: interpenetrant....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: brown (light). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & platy. form: crystallised (aggregate) & disseminated....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic (acicular). form: crystallised (aggregate)....

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