A simple search can be done using either of the two vertical columns on the
side of each page.
Common Name: (These are the buttons on the left of each page) Search by plant, reptile, trilobite etc.
Stratigraphic Column :
(This is the time line on the right of each page) Search by the age period, Jurassic, Cretaceous, etc.
Advanced Search: allows searching using more than one
criterion (eg genus/species names, catalogue letters/numbers, age, price, etc)
The more criteria used (boxes filled), the narrower the search. We advise
you to complete at least two boxes.
Search field (top RHS) allows you to search for a country, or the specific
genus & species,
or (select search all) to look for a word in the
descriptions of the fossils e.g. Scarborough,
Age of the fossils:
Fossils are mainly found in rocks less than 600 million years
(Ma) old. Most are much younger than this.
The first one or two letters of our catalogue number indicates the age:
So J is Jurassic and CR is Cretaceous.
What the catalogue codes mean:
The first one or two letters are usually the age (see above). The next letter is an indication of the sort of fossil.
CRR = Cretaceous (CR) Reptile (R) many dinosaur fossils will be found using
the catalogue code CRR.
CT = Cambrian (C) Trilobite (T)
JB = Jurassic (J) Bivalve (B)
As there are so many ammonites, the code is more difficult, based on the detailed age.
SIN = Sinemurian ammonite
BAJ = Bajocian ammonite
OXF = Oxfordian ammonite
KIM = Kimmeridgian ammonite
And so on. As you will gather, this scheme was devised in pre-computer times
and we have not yet been able to completely re-catalogue the whole collection in a more logical way.
The catalogue numbers distinguish between the different examples of the same
genus and species, so each specimen has a unique identifier.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.