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Sauropsida Collection

"Sauropsida: A Journey through Time and Species" Step into the fascinating world of Sauropsida

Background imageSauropsida Collection: The Nandu: Rhea linnaei design

The Nandu: Rhea linnaei design

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Tui (young and adult)

Tui (young and adult)
Tui, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 10 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)

New Zealand Fantail (Melanistic var. on left)
New Zealand Fantail Piwakawaka, Rhipidura fuliginosa (Melanistic variety on left). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 8 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop

Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop
General Museum poster. Drawing of a child leading a dinosaur out of the Museum, with the slogan Take something home with you from the Natural History [Museum] Shop, South Kensington, London

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Falconry equipment

Falconry equipment
Plate from Hermann Schlegel and A.H. Verster de Wulverhursts Traite de Fauconnerie (1844-1853)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Huia (male and female)

Huia (male and female)
Huia, Heteralocha acutirostris (male and female). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 2 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)

New Zealand Kingfisher (young and adult)
New Zealand Kingfisher Kotare, Todiramphus sanctus vagnas (young and adult). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.1 Plate 13 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: New Zealand Pigeon Kereru

New Zealand Pigeon Kereru, Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 plate 25 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus, yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Watercolour 137 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Banksian Cockatoo, native name Kar ratt

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Ichthyosaurus acutirostris

Ichthyosaurus acutirostris
A fossil specimen of the extinct fish-like marine reptile Ichthyosaurus acutirostris from Germany. It lived during the Lower Jurassic period 205-180 million years ago

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour

Old male Asian Paradise Flycatcher Watercolour
Original watercolour drawings and illustrated MS relating to Indian Birds, forming one of a set of volumes from which the illustrated MS work by Tickell on Mammals, &c

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake

Ahaetulla prasina, Short-nosed vine snake
Hand-coloured engraving from An account of Indian Serpents collected on the coast of Coromandel. The Patrick Russell Collection 1796 Date: 1796

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Cygnus atratus, black swan

Cygnus atratus, black swan
Watercolour 351 by the Port Jackson Painter from the Watling Collection

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Scleromochlus

Scleromochlus were bipedal reptiles that grew to around 3 feet long. They lived around 200 million years during the end of the Triassic period. Illustration by Neave Parker

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Ornithosuchus

Ornithosuchus
An illustration by Neave Parker of the Ornithosuchus, a thecodont, an extinct bipedal reptile closedly related to the dinosaur. It lived around 185 million years ago

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Neophema pulchella, turquoise parrot

Neophema pulchella, turquoise parrot
Watercolour 132 by Thomas Watling from the Watling Collection titled Turcosine Parrot

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Pelecanus erythrorynchos, American white pelican

Pelecanus erythrorynchos, American white pelican
Plate 311 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1835-38), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur

Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur
Archaeopteryx - a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Date: Late Jurassic Period

Background imageSauropsida Collection: The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park

The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park
Original artwork by Walter Ray Woods for Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Various Cyanoramphus parakeets

Various Cyanoramphus parakeets
Yellow-crowned Parakeet Kakariki, Canoramphus. Red-crowned Parakeet Kakariki, Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae. Orange-fronted Paraket Kakariki, Cyanoramphus malherbi

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Australasian Bittern Matuku Hrepo

Australasian Bittern Matuku Hrepo, Botaurus poiciloptilus. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.3 Plate 38 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus

Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus
Sheet 3 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Date: circa 1862

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko

Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

Coprolite, fossil dung
A coprolite is a fossilized dropping, perhaps from a Dinosaur. Length 29cm

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Liopleurodon vertebra

Liopleurodon vertebra
A fossil vertebra from the pliosaur, Liopleurodon. These were carnivorous marine reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. This specimen was discovered in Kimmeridge, Southern England

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917)

Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was one of the most famous big game hunters of his era. He spent much of his life in Africa, but also hunted in North America and Asia Minor

Background imageSauropsida Collection: South Island Takahe, Porphyrio hochestetteri

South Island Takahe, Porphyrio hochestetteri. Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 Plate 33 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Hirundo rustica, barn swallow

Hirundo rustica, barn swallow
Plate 89 from Sir William Jardines The Naturalists Library. Original Drawings. Birds

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon

Falco peregrinus, peregrine falcon
A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in flight. The peregrine falcon can be seen in most parts of the UK except around london and the home counties. They breed in rocky cliffs and uplands

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo

Raphus cucullatus, dodo
Plate 1 from Memoirs on the Dodo by Sir Richard Owen, 1866

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren

Troglodytes troglodytes, winter wren
Plate 118 from William MacGillivrays Watercolour drawings of British Animals (1831-1841)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard

Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard
Illustration of a spiny lizard from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1897). This illustration is on display in the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo

Raphus cucullatus, dodo
A mounted specimen of the extinct flightless bird, the dodo (Raphus cucullatus). The dodo lived on the island of Mauritius and became extinct during the late 1600s

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Colaptes auratus, northern flicker

Colaptes auratus, northern flicker
Plate 37 from John James Audubons Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1827-30), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon

Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon
Plate from Hermann Schlegel and A.H. Verster de Wulverhursts Traite de Fauconnerie (1844-1853)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Pinguinus impennis, great auk

Pinguinus impennis, great auk
1 of 6 shots of Dr Leachs 139 great auk (Pinguinus impennis) egg held in the Natural History Museum at Tring. The great auk was hunted to extinction in the middle of the 19th Century

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus

Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus
Giant marine reptile. 83-81 million year old specimen from the Late Cretaceous, Kansas, USA

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Pharomacrus mocinno, resplendent quetzal

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Grey-rumped Tree Swift

Grey-rumped Tree Swift
Illustration of a Grey-rumped Tree Swift by William Swainson (1789-1855)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Plesiosaur sketch

Plesiosaur sketch
A sketch of the plesiosaur fossil discovered by Mary Anning

Background imageSauropsida Collection: New Zealand Quail Koreke (male and female)

New Zealand Quail Koreke (male and female)
New Zealand Quail Koreke, Coturnix novaeseelandiae (male and female). Artwork by JG Keulemans from Sir Walter Lawry Bullers A History of the Birds of New Zealand, Vol.2 Plate 24 Date: 1888

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610

Indian peafowl, artwork C016 / 5610
Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus). Painting by Pieter Cornelius de Bevere, from the Loten Collection of coloured drawings of Birds, Mammals, Insects and Plants (1754-1757)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Ophthalmosaurus icenius

Ophthalmosaurus icenius was a common ichthyosaur that lived during the middle Jurassic period. This specimen was discovered in Oxford clay

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara

Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara
Ff. 37. Watercolour painting by George Forster (1773) annotated Falco harpe mas junior and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait

Bungarus fasciatus, Banded Krait
Snake skin mounted on paper, The Patrick Russell Collection c.1790 Date: circa 1790

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Didus ineptus, dodo design

Didus ineptus, dodo design
Drawing 51 Vol 2 by Alfred Waterhouse for the ornamentation of the panel over doorway in the South East gallery, first floor of the Natural History Museum, London, 1875

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageSauropsida Collection: Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba

Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba
Tab 107 illustrating a section of snake skeleton from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba



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"Sauropsida: A Journey through Time and Species" Step into the fascinating world of Sauropsida, a diverse group of reptiles and birds that have roamed our planet for millions of years. From the majestic Tui to the graceful New Zealand Fantail, this captivating exhibit showcases both young and adult specimens in their natural habitats. Marvel at the striking Melanistic variant of the New Zealand Fantail on your left, its dark plumage contrasting against its vibrant surroundings. Nearby, observe the elegance of Cygnus atratus, commonly known as the black swan, gliding gracefully across tranquil waters. For those intrigued by falconry, explore an array of specialized equipment used in this ancient art form. Discover how these tools enable humans to work alongside magnificent creatures like Falcons and Peregrine Falcons - agile hunters capable of breathtaking speeds. Don't forget to visit our Natural History Shop where you can take home a piece of this remarkable journey. Find unique souvenirs that celebrate Sauropsida's rich diversity or perhaps choose something inspired by Huia - a now-extinct bird species once native to New Zealand. Immerse yourself further into prehistoric times with displays featuring Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus - two iconic dinosaurs from Earth's past. Witness Archaeopteryx; often referred to as a bird-like dinosaur due to its feathered wings – an evolutionary marvel bridging reptilian ancestors with modern avian species. Transporting you back in time is The Wealden exhibit showcasing restorations within Crystal Palace Park. Visualize how these ancient landscapes would have appeared during Sauropsida's reign over 100 million years ago. Venture deeper into nature's wonders as you encounter Ahaetulla prasina – also known as Short-nosed vine snake – camouflaged amidst lush foliage. And don't miss out on observing Falco peregrinus; witness firsthand the incredible speed and agility of this magnificent peregrine falcon.