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194 datasets found


Collection specimens

Specimen records from the Natural History Museum's collection
  • dwc
Natural History Museum Collections CC0-1.0

Wallace and Banks drawers

Drawer-level images of specimens in the Wallace and Banks collections held by the Natural History Museum, London.
  • CSV
Sue Ryder Collections Creative Commons Attribution


Alignments and datasets
Natural History Museum Research License not specified

Darwin's Fossil Mammals

View and interact with this this Toxodon cranium model on Sketchfab 3D scans of fossil mammal specimens collected by Charles Darwin on the Voyage of the Beagle. The initial...
  • XLSX
Pip Brewer; Kaitlyn Burton; Adrian Lister; Amy Scott-Murray et al. Collections Creative Commons Non-Commercial (Any)

Bee Land-use Change Project

The Bee Land-use Change Project dataset comprises the records of all pinned Bombus hortorum, B.hypnorum, B.lapidarius, B.muscorum, B.pascuorum, B.ruderatus and B.sylvarum...
Natural History Museum Collections Creative Commons CCZero

Coccoidea Slide Collection

The Coccoidea slide collection comprises the records of all the slide-mounted scale insect material housed at the Natural History Museum, London at the time of project...
Robyn Crowther; Elizabeth Devenish; Phaedra Kokkini; Krisztina Lohonya et al. Collections Creative Commons CCZero

Solanum phylogenomics dataset

Supporting sequence and alignment data for the publication Gagnon E, Hilgenhof R, Orejuela A, McDonnell A, Sablok G, Aubriot X, Giacomin L, Gouvêa Y, Bragonis T, Stehmann JR,...
  • TXT
Edeline Gagnon; Rebecca Hilgenhof; Andrés Orejuela; Angela McDonnell et al. Research Open Data Commons Attribution License

New species of Athenaea from Brazil

Specimens use in the description of two new species of Athenaea (Solanaceae) Rodrigues IMC, Knapp S, Stehmann JR (2021) Two new species of Athenaea Sendtn. (Solanaceae) from the...
  • CSV
Sandra Knapp Collections Open Data Commons Attribution License

Unprecedented frequency of mitochondrial introns in colonial bilaterians

  • nexus
Helen L Jenkins; Rachael Graham; Andrea Hall; Joanne S Porter et al. Research

A new species of tapeworm from Compsophis infralineatus (Pseudoxyrhophiidae),...

Nexus file of concatenated 18S, 28S, 16S and cox1 alignment with exclusion set indicated. This dataset was used to produce the main tree figure.A new species of proteocephalid...
Andrea Waeschenbach; Lana Diard; Alain De Chambrier; Tomas Scholz Research

The Biodiversity Intactness Index - country, region and global-level summarie...

Using the PREDICTS database of local biodiversity measures at thousands of sites around the world, we statistically modelled how total abundance of organisms and compositional...
  • CSV
  • JSON
Helen Phillips; Adriana De Palma; Ricardo E Gonzalez; Sara Contu et al. Research Creative Commons Non-Commercial (Any)

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...
  • CSV
Martin Honey; Malcolm J Scoble Research Creative Commons Attribution

Data from Labisko et al. - Sooglossus adaptation

How will organisms cope when forced into warmer-than-preferred thermal environments? This is a key question facing our ability to monitor and manage biota as average annual...
  • TRE
  • XML
  • XLSX
J Labisko; Nancy Bunbury; Richard Griffiths; Jim Groombridge et al. Research Open Data Commons Attribution License


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

Annual country-level summaries of BII and land use (2001-2012) for tropical a...

Here we provide machine-readable (csv files) and human readable (pdf files) tables of country, subregion and region averages for the Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII) and land...
  • ZIP
  • PDF
Adriana De Palma; Andrew Hoskins; Ricardo E Gonzalez; Luca Borger et al. Research Creative Commons Non-Commercial (Any)


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

Data from Barrientos et al. - Terraranan UCEs - Systematics and Biodiversity

Terraranae is a large clade of New World direct-developing frogs that includes 3–5 families and >1,100 described species (~15% of all named frog species). The relationships...
  • ZIP
  • TRE
Lucas Barrientos; Jeffrey Streicher; Elizabeth Miller; Marcio Pie; John Wiens; Andrew Crawford Research Creative Commons Attribution

Unexpected trans-Tasman species diversity of the bryozoan family Horneridae (...

  • nexus
Andrea Waeschenbach Research

ALICE test images

Images used to test different software pipelines for label extraction.
Benjamin Price; Steen Dupont; Louise Allan; Vladimir Blagoderov et al. Collections Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

"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...
  • DOCX
  • PDF
  • TXT
Giles Miller Collections Creative Commons Attribution

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