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Geology

Bucks Museum has an extensive Geology collection with over 7000 rocks, fossils and minerals showing us what life might have been like in prehistoric times 200 million years to 10,000 years ago. Featured image is Chalcedony in flint.

CURATOR'S HIGHLIGHTS

Dinosaur Claw

The only clue we have for Aylesbury’s mystery dinosaur – a 144 million year old plant eating sauropod.

Lion Jaw

Imagine lions roaming around the area now covered by Market Square 200,000 years ago.

A Rasenia sp Ammonite

A particularly fine example of the many Ammonites that can be found in Buckinghamshire.

Jurassic and Cretaceous collections

Bucks was under the sea for much of this time (200 – 65 million years ago) so we have lots of sea creatures from ammonites to giant sea monsters such as Pliosaurs.

 

Ice Age collections

In the last 2 million years there have been massive climate changes from very cold to very warm leading to a range of animals including colder climate mammoths and woolly Rhinos, to warmer climate animals such as hippos and straight-tusked elephants. The Marsworth collection excavated from Pitstone Quarry (now College Lake nature reserve) in the 1980s has significant mammal finds of over 1600 teeth and bones including the earliest evidence of woolly Mammoths in Britain.

 

Rocks and mineral collection

In addition to major rock types, there are more localised examples such as fuller’s earth and puddingstone. We also have small number of local minerals including marcasite, chalcedony and selenite.

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