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49 datasets found

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Index Lot collection

Index Lot records from the Natural History Museum's collection
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Sex bias and sex recording in global herpetology collections

Data from paper: Sex bias and sex recording in global herpetology collections. link to paper. Tara Wainwright, Morwenna Trevenna, Sarah R. Alewijnse, Patrick D. Campbell, Marc...
Tara Wainwright; Morwenna Trevenna; Sarah R. Alewijnse; Patrick Campbell et al. Research Creative Commons Attribution


Data from the NATRICINE project led by V.Deepak (, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. These data have been used in several papers: Deepak....
Veerappan Deepak; Natalie Cooper; David J Gower Research Creative Commons Attribution

Morphological study of Bombus flavescens’s visual organs

List of specimens, including species, collection (CUNHM= Chulalongkorn University Natural History Museum, Bangkok, Thailand; KKIC= Kasetsart Kamphaeng Saen Insect Collection,...
Chawatat Thanoosing; Alfried Vogler; Paul H Williams Research Creative Commons Attribution

Southeast Asian Bumblebee Specimen Database

List of Southeast Asian bumblebee specimens (the CT database), including CT ID, collection (BEEP=Bee Protection Laboratory, Department of Biology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang...
Chawatat Thanoosing; Alfried Vogler; Paul H Williams Research Creative Commons Attribution

Host-Parasite database

In 1922 Dr H.A. Baylis, then head of what today is the Parasitic worms group, devised a Host-Parasite Catalogue in which he recorded the host-parasite associations published in...
David I Gibson; Eileen Harris; Rod Bray; Charles Hussey Research Creative Commons Attribution

British and Irish butterflies and moths: The Cockayne collection

This collection was formed in 1970 by the amalgamation of the Rothschild-Cockayne-Kettlewell collection with the many other important British and Irish Lepidoptera collections...
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Data from the CHROMREP project led by Marcello Mezzasalma (, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. This data was used in the paper: Marcello...
Marcello Mezzasalma; Jeffrey Streicher; Fabio Maria Guarino; Marc Jones et al. Research Creative Commons Attribution


Specimen data used in the publication: Knapp S (2022) A revision of Lycianthes (Solanaceae) in Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific. PhytoKeys, in press. Abstract. The genus...
Sandra Knapp Collections Creative Commons Attribution

The NHM Fossil Lithistida Collection

The Fossil Lithistida Collection at the NHM contains 5088 hand specimens and 265 thin sections mainly from the British Isles, Germany and France. This is a comprehensive dataset...
Natural History Museum Collections Creative Commons Attribution

Coral Reefs of Discovery Bay Jamaica in 1969

Video including underwater footage of the reefs around Discovery Bay Jamaica made by Lynton Land in 1969 and 1970
Lynton Land Research Creative Commons Attribution

Arabic and Persian plant names in the Codex Vindobonensis

The Codex Vindobonensis Med. GR. 1 Der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek (sometimes referred to as the Juliana Anicia codex and hereafter referred to as ‘The Codex’) is a...
Hanouf Al-Alawi; John Hunnex Research Creative Commons Attribution

NHM Devonian Stromatoporoidea Thin Section Collection

This collection includes 827 thin sections belonging to 54 worldwide taxa. Many of these thin section were prepared by H. Alleyne Nicholson.
Jiayuan Huang Collections Creative Commons Attribution


Pronunciation of Mambawakale ruhuhu gen. et sp. nov. by John Lyakurwa (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Natural History Museum Research Creative Commons Attribution

Lepidosaur bite-force data

Data from paper: Clade-wide variation in bite-force performance is determined primarily by size not ecology. Justin E Isip, Marc EH Jones...
Justin E Isip; Marc EH Jones; Natalie Cooper Research Creative Commons Attribution


Fifteen taxa were found in a comprehensive study of British Silurian stromatoporoids using new and museum samples. The approach towards systematics adopted here is to accept...
Stephen Kershaw; Anne-Christine da Silva; Consuelo Sendino Research Creative Commons Attribution

Linnaeus's Butterfly Type Specimens

Introduction This image database is intended primarily for taxonomists and other researchers, but the historical importance of the specimens portrayed is such that we hope they...
Martin Honey; Malcolm J Scoble Research Creative Commons Attribution


mtDNA alignments and p-distances
F L Sampaio; S Narayanan; V P Cyriac; G Venu; David J Gower Research Creative Commons Attribution

"Join the dots" collections assessment exercise

The files submitted here form the backbone to a 2018 collections assessment exercise at the Natural History Museum and support a methodology paper submitted to Museum Management...
Giles Miller Collections Creative Commons Attribution


DNA sequence alignments
Abhijit Das; David J Gower; Veerappan Deepak Research Creative Commons Attribution

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