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Reference Skeleton Collections - click image for class

Sources vary from roadside casualties picked up by friends and colleagues to specimens donated by the ITE, RSPCA, WWT, wildlife reserves and similar bodies. Spares are sometimes available for research and specimen exchanges and donations are welcome. Where only a few specimens exist in the collection, these will not be available for exchange or loan but may be consulted on site by arrangement (for example to confirm identification of archaeological material and for metrical studies). 

It should be noted that these specimens are intended for research and are NOT for commercial sale. Apart from food and pest species no specimen has been intentionally killed for the collections. Indiscriminate (and usually illegal) killing has the potential for upsetting ecological balance and reducing the extraordinary and marvellous diversity we enjoy, to the detriment of all our futures, and such behaviour is not condoned.

To avoid large file sizes the data in these lists is limited, but I have left plenty of sorting options, the home database contains further details of the specimens including more measurements, weights, pathology, donor etc.  please email if interested in details of a particular item. Note that 'complete' does not imply undamaged and the odd toe or tracheal ring might also sometimes be missing. The links are to open/save an Excel spreadsheet (depending on your browser settings) They should open in various spreadsheet programs, if not and you don't have Excel a free viewer is available from the Microsoft site.

Mammal page link Fish page link Reptiles page link Bird page link

These are disarticulated skeletons for comparative identification of archaeological remains. The collection now totals well over 3,000 individual skeletons, mostly complete, and currently stands at 700+ different species of fish, 6 amphibian, 15 reptile, 200+ bird, and 90+ of mammals. The majority of the skeletons are of species found in and around Europe, North Africa and the Near East.  Some odd bits and ones from elsewhere are not listed here.

UPDATE  the collections are registered with the NZRR National Zooarchaeological Reference Resource

The excel files (pic links above) are slightly out of date - please check NZRR for data to Jan 2018