Earth Science Collection

The University of Bristol’s Earth Science Collection contains over 100,000 paleontological, petrological and mineralogical samples of scientific and historical importance. This includes over 700 type and figured specimens, geological thin sections and slides and an archive of international geological maps. An additional 16,000 handling specimens are available for teaching.

The collection is based in the School of Earth Sciences in the Wills Memorial Building. Access can be arranged via our Collection Manager c.hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk.‌

News

New Ichthyosaur species discovered in the Earth Sciences Collection

Ichthyosaurus larkini has recently been identified by palaeontologists Dean Lomax (University of Manchester) and Judy Massare (Brockport College, USA), the type specimen of which is on display at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. The species has been named in honour of Nigel Larkin; the work larkin means 'fierce', in keeping with how this arch-predator would have lived.

This story has recently appeared in the BBC and the Daily Mail, amongst many other news sites.

Displays

‌The Earth Gallery in the foyer of the Wills Memorial Building showcases inspiring works from local artists. This is an ongoing collaboration between staff and students from the School of Earth Sciences and visual artists based at Spike Island studios in Bristol.

Some spectactular rock and mineral samples have been incooperated into the Schools corridor displays which give visitors an insight into research efforts and teaching activities of the School of Earth Sciences.

Smilodon

Our iconic Smilodon (skeleton of a saber-tooth cat) daily greets staff, students and visitors in the foyer area.

Earth Science Collection

The University of Bristol’s Earth Science Collection contains over 100,000 paleontological, petrological and mineralogical samples of scientific and historical importance. This includes over 700 type and figured specimens, geological thin sections and slides and an archive of international geological maps. An additional 16,000 handling specimens are available for teaching.

The collection is based in the School of Earth Sciences in the Wills Memorial Building. Access can be arranged via our Collection Manager c.hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk.‌